The fashion world in London has experienced so much tragedy recently with the death of fashionable British Socialite, Peaches Geldof and fashion designer, L’Wren Scott that our New York fashion photography team decide to spotlight the life of one their greatest living fashion stars: Kate Moss. Although she has had her moments of turbulence and controversy, Kate has remained one of the most successful models of all time. She shook up the fashion world in the 90s and still remains one of the most successful supermodels working today.
Katherine Ann Moss was born on January 16th 1974 in the London borough of Croydon, England. Her father worked for an airline company while her mother worked as a barmaid. At the age of 14, Kate Moss was discovered by the founder of Storm Model Management, Sarah Doukas, at JFK airport in New York City. Her career began to develop after fashion photographer Corinne Day shot her for The Face magazine in an editorial titled, “The 3rd Summer of Love”. At 5’7” with a narrow frame, Kate Moss became the antithesis of the other popular supermodels of the day like, Cindy Crawford, Elle Macpherson, Claudia Schiffer and Naomi Campbell who celebrated for their curvy and tall figures. Moss’s skinny frame became a point of controversy as she became synonymous with the ‘heroin chic’ look of 1993 in a Calvin Klein fashion campaign. Her star-power continued to grow as she soon became the face of Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Rimmel and Bulgari. Her modeling career hit a severe speed bump in 2005 after a video came out of her allegedly using cocaine with Babyshambles frontman, Pete Doherty. Brands H&M and Burberry dropped her from their fashion campaigns that year. One year later, she made one of the biggest fashion comebacks in history and bagged major campaigns for Agent Provocateur, Virgin Mobile, Calvin Klein Jeans and Burberry. She even launched her own collection for retailer, Top Shop, which she continues to design for today.
Kate Moss is still one of the biggest fashion icons in the world. She has worked with fashion photographers, Mario Testino, Mario Sorrenti, Steven Klein, Juergen Teller, and Peter Lindbergh, and she won the prestigious Vogue/CFDA award from the Fashion Designers of America in July 2005 as Fashion Inspiration. She also won the Model of the Year prize in 2006, the top accolade in British Fashion, at the British Fashion Awards. Kate Moss may have just turned 40 but she is still rocking the fashion world with her headline making December 2013 cover story for Playboy Magazine, shot by photographers, Mert & Marcus, and with her upcoming collection for Topshop. Kate may have had her share of up’s and down’s but she continues to shape the fashion world at an age and height not usually celebrated by the fashion world. Le Image Inc can’t wait to she what she does next!