Kate Moss, the ultimate British supermodel and mother of one, this week celebrates her silver jubilee – 25 years as the world’s most famous model.
Croydon born Kate was famously on route home from a holiday in the Bahamas with her father in 1988, when she was discovered by Storm model agency founder Sarah Doukas at JFK airport. 14 year old Moss could never have predicted that her modelling career would still be flying high as she approaches her 40th birthday in January.
After appearing in Calvin Klein’s Obsession campaign in 1992 Kate’s career sky-rocketed. Credited for publicising the ‘waif’ look, Moss’s reaction in the face of the media storm was to ‘never complain, never explain.’ By remaining enigmatic, Kate won major campaigns for Gucci, Chanel, Rimmel, Bulgari and Burberry amongst others. She has graced the cover of British Vogue 30 times!
In September 2002 she gave birth to her daughter Lila-Grace. Although her relationship with Lila’s dad Jefferson Hack dissolved, they remain on great terms and Hack was a guest at her 2011 wedding to rocker Jamie Hince.
An iconic fashion figure, Kate has won many awards and is frequently named on Vanity Fair’s best dressed list. So it’s no surprise Sir Philip Green snapped her up and asked her to design The Kate Moss collection in 2007 for Topshop. Many of those pieces remain collector’s items and The Kate Moss collection ran for 3 successful years.
My favourite Kate Moss era was the 90s when she and her then boyfriend Johnny Depp had matching straggly hair and leather jackets. They were beyond achingly cool, with Depp throwing her a surprise 21st birthday party at the Viper Room in LA, where the likes of Michael Hutchence and Gloria Gaynor played.
No one has captivated the fashion world quite like Moss. From snaggle-toothed girl next door, to international supermodel, she has entertained us and inspired us for 25 years. Long live Queen Kate!