Diane Sustendal: Fashion meets Travel

Fashion meets Travel, or is it Travel meets Fashion? In today’s episode I will be talking with Diane Sustendal, a woman who knows both art & travel intimately. Diane covered the art scene in New Orleans at the beginning of her career, later moved to New York where she covered fashion and high profile events like The America’s Cup, fancy Newport balls, as well as interviewing entertainers, politicians, and others of notable fame. Her fashion assignments took her around the world where, later after 9/11, fashion writing morphed into freelance travel writing including pieces for the Times of India.

In this episode you will certainly hear of Diane’s travel adventures and the glamorous profession of fashion writing, but we also explore some of the ways that fashion and travel are laced together. 


Show Notes:

  • How does one get started writing about fashion? 
  • Her New Orleans years—and the one assignment that stands out.
  • Diane tells about moving to New York and how she covered not just women’s fashion, but also men’s fashion.
  • Some of the travel No-No’s.
  • How museums can showcase fashion in the context of history and culture.
  • Fashion is an art form, like architecture, food, wine gardens and interior design.
  • Meeting the love of her life, late in life—and their adventures.


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