BOOK CORNER #17 : KATE
Rather difficult to sum up the fashion of the past 20 years, which has produced a whole cast of young designers, independent magazines, the concentration of firms in the luxury sector and the famous coupling of art and fashion.
However, one figure crystallises all these different aspects: not a designer, a photographer or a CEO, but a model: Kate Moss, an image and an attitude. She succeeded in becoming the incarnation of it all, from minimalism to chic porn, from Juergen Teller to Patrick Demarchelier. Because this book is a collection of images that the English model selected in 1995, some six years after the start of her career, without imagining that it was only the beginning. We see rare images of Corinne Day or Nick Knight but also all the big names: Meisel, Roversi, Lindbergh, Newton, Sims… and several proof sheets (a recent object that has almost disappeared), images of childhood as well, and a letter from Kate Moss, like a manifesto of herself. The most disconcerting thing is that this book is dedicated to the most famous model and yet it bears the mark of the simplicity that Kate has never lost.
"Kate", Liz Tilberis and Kate Moss, 1995, 144 p. Ed. Pavilion books Ltd.
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