Art on This Day
Kate Moss was born on this day in 1974. She is an English model who was discovered in 1988 at age 14 by Sarah Doukas, founder of Storm Model Management, at JFK Airport in New York City.
Arriving at the end of the "supermodel era", Moss rose to fame in the early 1990s as part of the heroin chic fashion trend. Her collaborations with Calvin Klein brought her to fashion icon status. She is known for her thin figure, and role in size zero fashion.
She’s been the queen of the fashion industry for 25 years, working the catwalk and smiling from the glossy pages of millions of fashion magazines. Kate Moss has transcended the description of a ‘supermodel’ becoming an artist’s muse and the reoccurring subject of portraits by many artists.
The street artist Banksy re-interpreted Andy Warhol’s renowned Marilyn series with today’s modern icon Kate Moss.
Chuck Close has taken daguerreotypes of her, which he has also translated into Jacquard tapestry.
In 2005, the painting “Naked Portrait” of the pregnant Kate Moss by Lucian Freud sold for £3.93 million at Christie's.
A £1.5m ($2.8m) 18 carat gold statue of Kate Moss in 2008 was part of a British Museum exhibition. Entitled Siren, the 50 kg hollow statue was made by Marc Quinn,who described Moss as "the ideal beauty of the moment". The statue is said to be the largest gold statue to be created since the era of Ancient Egypt.
Tracey Emin donated this limited edition print of Kate Moss to a charity auction in 2009.
Kate Moss, was also one of the few subjects to actually sit for artist Allen Jones and the subject of his already iconic 2013 photograph Body Armour.
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