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I want to be her clothes

Kevin Kopelson: Kate Moss, 20 December 2012

KateThe Kate Moss Book 
by Kate Moss, edited by Fabien Baron, Jess Hallett and Jefferson Hack.
Rizzoli, 368 pp., £50, November 2012, 978 0 8478 3790 8
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... passed. For Pater, physical lust and spiritual ambition are opposites. The other exception is Kate Moss. Consider this description of her by Dennis Freedman, former creative director of the American magazine W: Kate has been our muse – ours and our photographers’ – for the simple reason that there are so many ...

At the V&A 2

Rosemary Hill: Wedding Dresses, 1775-2014, 9 October 2014

... traffic to a halt. Among the most recent celebrity dresses in the show is Galliano’s for Kate Moss. With 270,000 sequins and 2800 pearl beads, it took 701 hours to embroider, plus another 253 for the veil, and it quite puts Queen Victoria in the shade. The exhibition is drawn from the V&A’s own collection and might have benefited from a few ...

On the Beach

Jenny Diski: Privacy, 28 July 2011

Islands of Privacy 
by Christena Nippert-Eng.
Chicago, 404 pp., £14.50, October 2010, 978 0 226 58653 3
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... ask a local council to close off a village to the public in order to keep an event private. When Kate Moss married recently in a Gloucestershire village church she did just that. The local council, on payment of £30, considered her application and closed the roads to ensure her privacy (even though her house is in another village). Local residents were ...

At Tate Britain

Peter Campbell: Reynolds’s theatrical portraits, 7 July 2005

... of Reynolds’s calibre) paints the Queen (as Reynolds painted the Prince of Wales) or Kate Moss undressed (as Reynolds painted Kitty Fisher), it is not the power of his canvases to match the glamour evoked by the written and spoken word which first strikes us, but their resemblance or lack of it to photographs – very often to photographs ...

At the Pace Gallery

Daniel Soar: Trevor Paglen, 19 November 2020

... And ‘sweeper’. The algorithm at work here – developed under the direction of Paglen and Kate Crawford, who researches the social implications of AI – is trained on a dataset called ImageNet, a project launched in 2009 by computer scientists at Stanford and Princeton (and now ended) that was designed to recognise objects of any kind and fit ...

Under Her Buttons

Joanna Biggs: Ottessa Moshfegh, 31 March 2016

by Ottessa Moshfegh.
Cape, 260 pp., £16.99, March 2016, 978 0 224 10255 1
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... time it’s very refined – the depth of it hides behind its sophistication. It’s like seeing Kate Moss take a shit. People love that kind of stuff.’ Eileen’s mother died when she was 21, and so her father got her a job as a secretary in a juvenile detention centre for teenage boys. She watches the clock, drinks cups of evaporated milk and plans ...

So Ordinary, So Glamorous

Thomas Jones: Eternal Bowie, 5 April 2012

Starman: David Bowie, the Definitive Biography 
by Paul Trynka.
Sphere, 440 pp., £9.99, March 2012, 978 0 7515 4293 6
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The Man Who Sold the World: David Bowie and the 1970s 
by Peter Doggett.
Bodley Head, 424 pp., £20, September 2011, 978 1 84792 144 4
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... issue of French Vogue, dedicated to ‘Noël en Musique’, had on its cover a photograph of Kate Moss done up as Ziggy Stardust. The picture is a monument to improbable staying power. It’s more than two decades since Moss was photographed by Corinne Day for the Face, those instantly iconic black and white ...


John Lanchester: On Fatties, 20 March 1997

... to be drawn about all this, but I am confident that no American fatty is about to replace Kate Moss as the Western world’s acme of physical esteem. You do encounter fatties on this side of the Atlantic, but there aren’t nearly as many of them, and they’re somehow not quite the same. Europe’s chief fatty at the moment is Chancellor ...


Alan Bennett: What I did in 2005, 5 January 2006

... they did used to do ear-piercing, though quite why I’m not sure. 24 September. Good à propos Kate Moss to be reminded of the cowardice of commerce. The Swedish firm H&M, one of several fearless enterprises that have distanced themselves from Ms Moss, declares itself proud to be in the forefront of corporate ...

Seriously Uncool

Jenny Diski: Susan Sontag, 22 March 2007

At the Same Time: Essays and Speeches 
edited by Paolo Dilonardo and Anne Jump, preface by David Rieff.
Hamish Hamilton, 235 pp., £18.99, April 2007, 978 0 241 14371 1
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A Photographer’s Life 1990-2005 
by Annie Leibovitz.
Cape, 480 pp., £60, October 2006, 0 224 08063 6
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... in the slick professional studies of what amounts to a society photographer (Johnny Depp and Kate Moss beautifully arranged half-naked on top of each other on a dishevelled bed, neither so interested in the other as in their own exquisite image) rubbing shoulders with snapshots of the Leibovitz family get-togethers at the beach (‘Good to know even ...

Does one flare or cling?

Alice Spawls, 5 May 2016

‘Vogue’ 100: A Century of Style 
by Robin Muir.
National Portrait Gallery, 304 pp., £40, February 2016, 978 1 85514 561 0
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... the chronological sequence (every decade has a room); to the right is an eclectic group of images: Kate Moss’s silhouetted profile on gold (the millennium cover), two Corinne Day photographs (one of Kate again) and some earlier monochrome prints, including George Hoyningen-Huene’s 1930 Modern Mariners Put out to ...

Perfectly Human

Jenny Diski: Lillie Langtry and Mrs Vladimir Nabokov, 1 July 1999

Lillie Langtry: Manners, Masks and Morals 
by Laura Beatty.
Chatto, 336 pp., £20, March 1999, 1 85619 513 9
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Véra (Mrs Vladimir Nabokov): Portrait of a Marriage 
by Stacy Schiff.
Random House, 456 pp., $27.95, April 1999, 0 679 44790 3
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... and had thrown in two or three subtle improvements. Doubtless the model-agency scout who spotted Kate Moss on a plane would have thought much the same as the painter Graham Robertson when he noticed Langtry walking past Apsley House. Lillie began her career as muse, model and archetype to the likes of Millais, Whistler, Burne-Jones, Watts and Poynter ...

The Great Game

Amit Chaudhuri: A short story, 24 August 2000

... Mita Reddy had been one of the models. In her column, Mita Reddy had been christened ‘a dark Kate Moss’ by Shobha De, a ‘will o’ the wisp’. ‘Where is Sharjah?’ asked Khatau finally. ‘I don’t know,’ said Yusuf, looking blank. ‘Near Du-Dubai.’ He added, ‘That guy doesn’t look Indian, yaar!’ he protested. As far as everyone ...

Stuck with Your Own Face

Bee Wilson: The Beauty Industry, 8 July 2010

Beauty Imagined: A History of the Global Beauty Industry 
by Geoffrey Jones.
Oxford, 412 pp., £25, February 2010, 978 0 19 955649 6
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... first perfume shop in Bond Street in 1834, the House of Rimmel. The Rimmel brand, advertised by Kate Moss, is now one of the cheapest in Britain, and therefore the preferred brand of teenagers (colours include Stare at Me, Pink Gossip and Tell No One). When I was about 16, I had many futile conversations with friends about whether it should be ...

Across the Tellyverse

Jenny Turner: Daleks v. Cybermen, 22 June 2006

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Doctor Who: A Critical Reading of the Series 
by Kim Newman.
BFI, 138 pp., £12, December 2005, 1 84457 090 8
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... those brown suits and frockish overcoats – is intended to make him look like ‘the type of man Kate Moss might date’, according to a BBC website (Jarvis Cocker is mentioned, and the narrowness of Pete Doherty’s trousers). Then there is the BBC stylist’s choice of footwear: Converse Chucks, subsequently chosen to signify nubility by David ...

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