Amy Fine Collins on The International Best-Dressed List
In Conversation with Mitchell Kaplan on The Literary Life Podcast
In this episode of The Literary Life with Mitchell Kaplan, Amy Fine Collins joins Mitchell to discuss her latest book, The International Best-Dressed List: The Official Story and her fascinating life as a writer, model and muse to many designers, most notably Geoffrey Beene.
From the episode:
Mitchell Kaplan: How has social media influenced the way we use fashion?
Amy Fine Collins: Social media has been a mixed blessing for everything. For everything. It’s been a destroyer of some very important parts of our culture, and it’s made a neurological and psychological mess out of a whole generation of young kids. Now, on the upside for fashion, fashion is a visual language. So Instagram is a medium which is saturated with images and you can see more fashion. It’s a universal language. So no matter where you’re living, it means something to see these images and to have them accessible. Not just because you’re a retail executive at Bergdorf Goodman, but you’re a kid living somewhere in a remote where you have access to it. It’s amazing how when you see images on Instagram, historical images, they never has a date or context, and it creates, I think, chaos and anxiety.
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This episode of The Literary Life with Mitchell Kaplan was recorded at Books & Books in Coral Gables, Florida. Subscribe now on iTunes, Spotify, or wherever else you find your podcasts!
Amy Fine Collins is a writer and editor at large at Air Mail. She has been a special correspondent at Vanity Fair for more than 20 years.