Wrapping up my week of posts on genuine fashion icons is Kate the Great, or Kate Moss, the most super of all supermodels. With her slight frame, unconventional beauty, undeniable sex appeal, inimitable style, and effortless cool, the 37-year-old Moss has been a favorite of many of the world's top fashion photographers and artists throughout her 23-year(!) career.
Moss collaborated with Danziger Projects in creating an uber-deluxe, limited-edition portfolio featuring eleven 30 x 24 inch prints of her titled The Kate Moss Portfolio (only 30 were created with a starting price of $75,000 each). The images selected for the book were taken by photographers Chuck Close, Annie Leibovitz, Glen Luchford, Mert & Marcus, Terry Richardson, David Sims, Mario Sorrenti (who shot her famous Obsession ads), Juergen Teller, Mario Testino, Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, and Bruce Weber. The photos are currently on view at Danziger Projects' new space on West 23rd Street along with additional rarely-seen works by Peter Blake, Herb Ritts, Gene Lemuel (whose 9 images on view show a pre-fame, 14-year-old Moss), Glen Luchford, and Mary McCartney.
This isn't the first time Moss has had portfolios devoted solely to her—W Magazine featured a special Kate Moss tribute issue back in 2003 with nine different covers featuring the supe and the current May issue of Vogue Brazil boasts a 60-page spread starring Moss shot by Mario Testino. Among the artists who have immortalized the model are Lucian Freud whose portrait of a pregnant Moss sold for over 4 million dollars at auction in 2005, Marc Quinn who has created sculptures of Moss in bronze and gold, and Banksy.
Perhaps, as seen in some of the works at Danziger, the secret to Moss' success and longevity is her ability to convey so many different personas. She can be the glamour puss, the sex kitten, the rocker chick, the hippie, the ingenue, the waif, the tomboy, the muse, the every woman. Always confident, cool, and elegant, she can't seem to take a bad picture. Moss clearly possesses a superstar quality, that je ne sais quoi, that makes her the perfect muse for photographers and artists. Learn more at Danzigerprojects.com. Through June 30th.
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