Last Saturday, I did something I haven’t done in a long time – I bought something on impulse. A book no less. I sold off my entire book collection a couple of years ago. After all, why hang onto hundreds of books you never ever look at again when there’s fresh and up to date interesting stuff to read on the internet? Print is dead, as they said in Ghostbusters. But not if Alexis Morell Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan has anything to do with it! With her big hair, sequined dress and diamond earrings, Alexis beckoned me as I walked past her at the American Book Center in Amsterdam. Take a look inside this new Mario Casilli book I’m on darling, she whispered. And I did. And then before I knew it, I was walking out of the book store. Thirty-five euros lighter but with Alexis in a plastic bag.
Now, of course Joan Collins isn’t the only Eighties celebrity featured in this new retrospective of photographer Mario Casilli. You can also feast your eyes on Dolly Parton as a blonde Joan Jett, Morgan Fairchild wearing a sequined wig, three hirsute Bee Gees and Barbra Streisand bending over the radiator in her knickers singing Papa, can you hear me!. I’m sure you understand I could not resist – and I’m sure you can’t either.