I’ll never forget the “Grunge and Glory” photo shoot in the December 1992 issue of Vogue magazine. (In fact, I’m pretty sure it’s saved in a stack of magazines in my childhood bedroom back home.) Seeing Naomi Campbell and Kristin Mcmenamy dressed head-to-toe in Marc Jacobs was a transformative moment for an already fashion-obsessed eleven year old. And while I might have been too young to recognize the power of editorial and photography, all I knew was that I would die if I didn’t get a baby backpack, plaid babydoll dress, and Doc Martens right now.
So when I came across Maureen Callahan’s Champagne Supernovas: Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, and the ’90s Renegades Who Remade Fashion, I cleared my schedule and promptly devoured it. Callahan explores the major shift between the 80’s and 90’s style, music, and politics. This was a time where supermodels like Cindy Crawford and Christy Turlington were swiftly replaced with the heroin chic of Kate Moss. The fashion world – once obsessed with logos, labels, and a “bigger is better” philosophy – now turned towards style stripped of embellishment or flash, slightly messy and off-kilter. It was the antithesis of glamour and greed, and the Gen X movies and music of the day reflected this attitude of rebellion and defiance. This was the decade where the alternative became the mainstream, and Champagne Supernovas chronicles the icons, looks, and tragedies that defined the era.
If you grew up in the 90’s, love fashion, and/or enjoy insanely juicy details of debauchery and rock-and-roll lifestyles, Champagne Supernovas is for you. (Just prepare to clear your schedule and ignore adult responsibilities for a few days.)