40: A Kate Moss Retrospective


If you spent last week completely disconnected from the media, you may have escaped the news that it was Kate Moss’s 40th Birthday. For the thronging crowd at Marylebone’s Imitate Modern on Thursday this was certainly not the case – they were at the launch of Russell Marshall’s “40: A Kate Moss Retrospective”, celebrating her extensive career and emergence as a global style icon.

It would therefore only seem natural that the event adorned the social calendar of several familiar faces. The arrival of Rebecca Adlington and Gail Porter were the first to set the bank of cameras bulbs flashing, whilst other guests included Kelly Hoppen, Lucy Watson and Lilah Parsons. However, the real story that everyone had assembled for was that of Kate Moss.

In partnership with Beautiful Crime, the collection features ten photographs that span her whole career. It gives visitors a visual tour of a undeniably successful career, whilst also drawing on her own words. With inspiration from interviews with Moss herself, Marshall manages to recreate a unique journalistic approach to the photographs that propelled her to worldwide stardom.

Particularly poignant are the quotations of Moss’ interview about Johnny Depp and how this changed her view of fame. Parts of this interview, along with others, have come to be the titles of several of the photographs. As a whole it adds a new perspective on Moss’ career in front of the lens and in the media more generally.

The exhibition runs from 17th January until 15th February. Entry to the exhibition is free and open Monday to Saturday. Visit the Imitate Modern website for more information.

Website: Imitate Modern


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