What’s Going On December 7th?
Whether you love her or hate her, it’s impossible to deny that it’s hard to imagine the fashion world without Kate Moss. Her face has been consistently one of the most iconic over the past two decades, her style one of the most emulated, and she can’t pop to the shops without someone snapping a picture of her. When Moss first began modelling, the profession was one with something of an age limit; but, at 39, Moss’ career is showing know signs of slowing down. This month, she has appeared on her 34th Vogue cover, as well as on the cover of the 60th anniversary addition of lad mag Playboy. Seeing as Moss is still firmly in the limelight, even after all these years, I thought I would take a look back over her ever-evolving style, and on the profound influence that she has had on the fashion industry.
Discovered in 1988 by founder of Storm Model Management, Sarah Doukas, Moss became the “anti-supermodel” of the 90s, her waifish figure setting her apart from the tall, curvaceous models who were the norm at the time. One of the chief proponents in the rise of the so-called “heroin chic” style, Moss is often credited with playing a role in the recent Size 0 revolution, which is (quite rightly so) a very controversial matter within the fashion world. A fairly private woman in the sense that she rarely gives interviews, Moss has repeatedly insisted that she has never suffered with an eating disorder; however, her notorious statement, “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels,” has been criticised over the years for playing a role in “pro-ana” campaigns, although Moss herself has said that she did not intend for her words to be taken in this way.
Despite her controversial lifestyle (notably those famed drug allegations in 2005, which led to her being dropped from many high-profile campaigns), Moss’ career has known no bounds. She has worked with a whole host of international designers and fashion houses, including Gucci, Calvin Klein, Dolce and Gabbana, Rimmel and Bulgari. She is a favourite of photographer Mario Testino, and W magazine cited her as their muse in 2003.
It is not only modelling for which Moss is famous, as she has branched out into many other fields over the years. In 2007, she designed a collection for Topshop which was released in the chain’s 225 stores across the UK, launching her designs by appearing in the window of the flagship store on Oxford Street, wearing one of her own red dresses. The stunt caused a media frenzy. She has also create four fragrances, and designed a range of handbags for Longchamp.
Moss has also appeared on singles by the likes of Oasis and Babyshambles, the band of her ex-boyfriend Pete Doherty. In 2010, she appeared on the front cover of Bryan Ferry’s album Olympia.
Moss has an eleven-year old daughter, Lila Grace Moss Hack, with Dazed and Confused editor Jefferson Hack. In 2011, she married guitarist for The Kills, James Hince, wearing a dress designed by John Galliano.
Just this past week, Moss was honoured with a Special Recognition award at the British Fashion Awards; a sign of just how much of an influence she has had on the fashion world over a career spanning over 25 years. Her style is apparently effortless, and always unique to her; she epitomised heroin chic, virtually invented the boho-chic festival look, and (perhaps most importantly) she is a bit of a mystery, and we’re all fascinated by a good mystery, aren’t we?
Even after all this time, Moss is still pushing the boundaries of the fashion world, whether you approve or not; and, seeing as her motto is “never complain, never explain,” she probably doesn’t care either way.
Happy December 7th!