Kate Moss’ style is probably one of the most admired in the fashion world. From the 1990s until today, what is one of the most influential top models can boast of having always been herself. Minimal, rocker, casual. Just Kate.
Katherine Ann Moss was born in Croydon, Surrey, England, on January 16, 1974 and was discovered, at the age of 14, by Sarah Doukas of Storm Model Management, returning from a family holiday in the Bahamas while waiting at JFK Airport. Although his body was not particularly dismacky, Kate was hired immediately and from there began her successful career.
In 1989, a young 15-year-old Kate Moss debuted at London Fashion Week with the hand of the Gibraltarian designer John Galliano, and a year later, both also debuted at Paris Fashion Week.
In the early 1990s, British photographer and model Corinne Day met Kate Moss and, along with stylist Melania Ward, They took a black-and-white photo shoot on Camber Sands beach entitled “The Third Summer of Love” for The Face magazine that had a brutal impact on the fashion industry and redefined the style of the decade described as “dirty realism” or “grunge.” The esthetics of youth and freedom.
Moss then appeared in Levi’s ‘Levis for Girls’ campaign, with great success, created by The Design Corporation and again filmed by Corinne Day. A new shoot followed for Tony Briggs’ The Face, titled “Haute coiffure”, made Kate Moss the “anti-supermodel” of the 1990 decade, in contrast to the models of the moment, such as Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Elle Macpherson or Claudia Schiffer, known for their tall, curvilinear figures.
However, the mythical moment in Kate Moss’s career came when he was hired for Calvin Klein’s campaigns, together with Mark Walhberg, photographed by Herb Ritts in 1992, which turned the world around. An alliance that changed the history of the 90 fashion, the chanons of beauty of the moment and boosted minimalist esthetics and “heroic chic” as the most desired look. And since that moment, Kate Moss became one of the most popular models, appearing on more than 300 covers of the most prestigious magazines, starring in different advertising campaigns with the best brands Chanel, Balenciaga, Burberry, Stuart Weitzman, Versace, Rag &Bone, Alexander Wang, David Yurman, Givenchy, Roberto Cavalli, Kerastase, Isabel Marant, Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein, Alexander McQueen, Equipment, Rimmel, Versace,L’Oreal,Cerruti 1881, Burberry, Bugari, among others, and even appearing on TV series like Models Close-Up; French and Saunders, a BBC comedy series, video clips such as Johnny Cash’s “Delia’s Gone,” Primal Scream’s “Kowalski,” and Elton John’s “Way You Look Tonight,” and in film such as Isaac Mizrahi’s Unzipped and Christy Turlington’s Catwalk. Also, leaving his mark on the publishing world, Kate released a book titled Kate: The Kate Moss Story.
But her beauty and charisma also went hand in hand with a controversial personality, so the press did not delay in nicknamed it as the rebel top model. Moss has received media scrutiny for her holiday lifestyle and drug abuse. In 2005, British tabloids published a series of photos showing Kate using cocaine with Pete Doherty, a former vocalist in The Libertines group, with whom she maintained a toxic two-year-old flirt, full of scandals and incidents from alcohol and drugs. Immediately thereafter, Moss lost several major sponsorship agreements, including H&M and Chanel. However, she was acquitted of all drug charges. Moreover, her extreme thinness was also the subject of criticism and accusations of a possible anorexia that, however, never proved. Her controversial phrase “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” earned her harsh public criticism for supposedly promoting anorexia among her young followers.Despite her scandals, her career was not affected and, in fact, had a greater boost.
Kate Moss has not only influenced the world of fashion, but also the art and culture by reinforcing her image as a world icon. In 2002, the painter Lucian Freud portrayed her posing naked and pregnant of her daughter, and the painting was sold in 2005 for the astronomical figure of 4 million pounds; in 2006, the British sculptor Marc Quinn relied on her to create a golden siren doing yoga; In 2013 Chris Levine made a 3D hologram for the Alexandre McQueen parade, in 2014 she was photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot for the 60-year-old Playboy magazine, and in 2016 artist Nick Knight created a white gold angel inspired by her figure.
In addition, Kate Moss has become the best ambassador in her own image, being a true trendsees creator and earning a place on the best dressed lists.
In 2016, at the age of 42, the British model left the catwalks to begin his career as a business entrepreneur by participating in musical projects, designing his own clothing line, collaborating with brands like Topshop and Longchamp, and even launching his own agency, Kate Moss Agency. That same year, it was ranked as the world’s twelfth best-paid model, amounting to $4,5 billion (€4 billion), according to Forbes.
Her sentimental life has also been most moved. Among her list of partners are actor Johnny Depp, photographer Mario Sorrenti, editor Jefferson Hack with whom he had his daughter Lila Grace, controversial musician Pete Doherty, The Kills guitarist Jamie Hince, she married in 2011 with a spectacular dress designed by John Galliano and, today, with the tataraniet of German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, Nicolai Van Bismarck, thirteen years younger than her.
Now, at 46, the Kate Moss model is fully focused on her business side, and on driving her daughter’s career in the fashion industry, Lila Grace Moss, which debuted with Marc Jacobs Beauty’s campaign in 2018. She made her first cover for Dazed&Confused magazine directed by her father, Jefferson Hack, and this 2020 she starred in the Miu Miu Cruise campaign photographed by Juergen Teller.
Kate Moss is the unstoppable muse of fashion and icon of the 1990s. A model that inspired and moved to break the rules and conquered the industry with its extraordinary and seductive beauty, becoming the antithesis of the word supermodel, and continues to build a legacy worthy of admiration.