She is the definitive model of a generation. The most super of them all. Her style is revered by fashion editors, designers, and fans the world over, and where she leads, the masses follow. She is an unrivalled style icon. We may not be blessed with her cheekbones, but we can all take inspiration from Kate’s stellar style.
Moss as born in Addiscombe, London Borough of Croydon, England. She attended Ridgeway Primary School, then Riddlesdown High School but she was not noted for her academic success. According to Vermorel’s book “Addicted to Love: Kate Moss” she gained one C (in Science) and all the rest were Ds, Es, and Us at GCSE level. However, Moss did excel at sports. She was discovered at the age of 14 by Sarah Doukas (the founder of Storm Model Management) in 1988, at JFK Airport in New York City, after a vacation in the Bahamas. Kate’s career began when Corinne Day shot black and white photographs of her for British magazine The Face when she was 15, in a photo shoot titled “The Third Summer of Love”. Moss then went on to become the anti-supermodel of the 1990s in contrast to the supermodels at the time, such as Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, and Naomi Campbell, who were known for their curvaceous and tall figures. She ushered in the waif look in 1993 (which prompted much speculation over her weight) with a highly publicized campaign for Calvin Klein, including posing nude in ads for its perfume brand, Obsession. Moss charmed the fashion industry despite her height and has modeled for such elite houses including Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Burberry, Chanel, Missoni, Dior, Longchamp and David Yurman. Now in her 30s, Moss is still working and has become a “supermodel” in her own right. She has a daughter, Lila Grace, born on 29 September 2002, with Dazed & Confused editor Jefferson Hack.
Moss has had campaigns with major Italian, French, American, and British designers including Dior, Yves Saint-Laurent, Burberry, Rimmel, and Bvlgari. She has been featured in fashion spreads in most major fashion magazines including UK, US, and French Vogue magazines (as well as other international versions of Vogue), Another Man, Vanity Fair, the Face, and W. Moss has appeared on the cover of Vogue 23 times and has been featured on the cover of 17 issues of W, including one issue with nine different covers featuring the model. W even names Moss its muse (September 2003 issue). She has worked with the most well-known photographers in the fashion industry today, such as Mario Testino, Mario Sorrenti, Steven Klein, and Juergen Teller, and is a Peter L “trained” model. She won the prestigious Vogue/CFDA award from the Fashion Designers of America in July 2005 as Fashion Inspiration. The haute couture dress she wore to the award ceremony was from the Christian Dior fall 2005 haute couture designed by John Galliano.
In addition to being known for her modeling work, Kate Moss is also an international fashion icon. She has garnered many awards for her style including Award of Fashion Influence at the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s award and a place on the Vanity Fair’s international best-dressed list. She even appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair’s September 2006 style issue. Her style mostly draws inspiration from rock and roll. Due to her reputation, she is credited for setting numerous trends. In recent years she has popularized denim cutoff shorts, Ugg Australia boots, skinny jeans especially of the brands Sass & Bide and Siwy, the waistcoat, and the Balenciaga handbag, as well as bringing waist-cinching belts back into popularity.
Moss in her signature skinny jeans. (left)
Moss in denim cutoff shorts. (right)
Moss has perfected and popularised the “waist cinching belt” look. (left)
Moss in a classy tan trench coat. (right)