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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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... and how would they be troubled by this beauty, into which the soul with all its maladies has passed. For Pater, physical lust and spiritual ambition are opposites. The other exception is KateMoss. 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 ...

At Tate Britain

Peter Campbell: Reynolds’s theatrical portraits

7 July 2005
... Lucian Freud (who in his prices, subjects and reputation is the closest thing we have to a dominant face-painter of Reynolds’s calibre) paints the Queen (as Reynolds painted the Prince of Wales) or KateMoss 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 ...

At the V&A 2

Rosemary Hill: Wedding Dresses, 1775-2014

8 October 2014
... it marked the rise of the celebrity wedding, with massed reporters and sightseers bringing the Kensington traffic to a halt. Among the most recent celebrity dresses in the show is Galliano’s for KateMoss. 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 ...

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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... apply for a high degree of privacy, with some secrecy on the side. Apparently anyone can pay £30 to ask a local council to close off a village to the public in order to keep an event private. When KateMoss 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 ...


John Lanchester: On Fatties

20 March 1997
... shirt: ‘Welcome to South Beach. Now go to the gym.’ I strongly suspect that there is no single conclusion to be drawn about all this, but I am confident that no American fatty is about to replace KateMoss 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 ...

Under Her Buttons

Joanna Biggs: Ottessa Moshfegh

30 March 2016
by Ottessa Moshfegh.
Cape, 260 pp., £16.99, March 2016, 978 0 224 10255 1
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... was born in Boston in 1981 to a Croatian mother and an Iranian father, told Vice, ‘but at the same time it’s very refined – the depth of it hides behind its sophistication. It’s like seeing KateMoss 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 ...

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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... The most recent Christmas issue of French Vogue, dedicated to ‘Noël en Musique’, had on its cover a photograph of KateMoss 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 ...
4 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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‘Vogue’ 100: A Century of Style 
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... sprouting from two corridors, themselves subdivided for the purpose. One enters near the end of the chronological sequence (every decade has a room); to the right is an eclectic group of images: KateMoss’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 ...


Alan Bennett: What I did in 2005

5 January 2006
... spot for that bookshop. It was there my little granddaughter had her ears pierced.’ And it’s true they did used to do ear-piercing, though quite why I’m not sure. 24 September. Good à propos KateMoss 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 ...

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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... the copies handed down to us must have been incomparably the best, yet Nature had not been satisfied and had thrown in two or three subtle improvements. Doubtless the model-agency scout who spotted KateMoss 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 ...

The Great Game

Amit Chaudhuri: A short story

24 August 2000
... Clothes are a language that changes before other languages do,’ he’d said in an interview. Mita Reddy had been one of the models. In her column, Mita Reddy had been christened ‘a dark KateMoss’ 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 ...

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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... and exhibiting. As it is, this ‘one life’ notion (all work is autobiography, all life is work) results in the slick professional studies of what amounts to a society photographer (Johnny Depp and KateMoss 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 ...

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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... splashing their faces with dirty water. Something different was going on when Eugène Rimmel opened his first perfume shop in Bond Street in 1834, the House of Rimmel. The Rimmel brand, advertised by KateMoss, 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 ...

Four Poems

Robert Crawford

16 November 2000
... future, pluperfect, perfect smirr Champagning us doon the watter, on, Launching us, conjugating each haugh, Oxter, pinkie and lobeless lug As it will be in the beginning. A Moment of Your Time for Kate Whiteford Z-rods and a Pictish hoopla of carved rings Swim into view. Yacht sails on the North Sea Tack back and forth, xeroxing other summers When other yacht sails did that too, sped, idled, Veered ...

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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... after Eccleston – part of a new strategy, presumably, to draw in younger girls. His wardrobe – those brown suits and frockish overcoats – is intended to make him look like ‘the type of man KateMoss 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 ...

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