“In the summer of 1988, I was shooting an image series of models in designer blouses and sports underwear when I got a call from Sarah Doukas, director of Storm Models, asking me come and meet their new girl.” -Owen Scarbiena talking about meeting kate at the start of her career in the 80s
Kate in an interview with AnOther magazine on Vivienne Westwood
AM: Do you remember the first show you walked in for them?
KM: No, but I just remember that when they did them, Murray [Blewett] was doing all the art direction, and the music and everything, and it was not like shows now. It was so theatrical and it would go on for hours – you know, it felt like it went on for hours. I don’t know how long the shows were but they definitely weren’t under 45 minutes. It was more of an experience than just doing a fashion show.
AM: So it was very theatrical?
KM: Yeah and just so much fun! ‘Cause it was always shocking. I mean even when she was doing dresses, there was always an element of shock or rebellion. And that’s why I think I’ve always loved her clothes: even if you are just wearing a pencil skirt, there’s always something going on.
"I worked with Herb Ritts on the Marky Mark shoot, and then Steven Meisel, and then they'd start sending limos for me, and I was like, 'That is so embarrassing. I'm not getting in a stretch limo by myself to go to a shoot.' That whole New York thing of, 'You are fabulous! Turn up to a Meisel shoot in a limo and you're fabulous!' I was wearing trainers and a ripped Margiela skirt, total grunge. I didn't feel right at all. But then I made friends: Naomi and Christy took me under their wing, and then I met Johnny, and then I didn't feel like, 'I'm sitting on my own in a big stretch limo,' because they all had stretch limos!" Kate talking about getting used to the fame
“I first met Kate Moss in Los Angeles in 1992. She was 15, I was 18. It was a brief meeting but I remember her being strikingly quiet, she hardly spoke. She can be very shy at times — if she doesn’t know you she doesn’t speak. The other striking thing, obviously, was her beautiful face. I knew she was special from that first minute I saw her.” Naomi writing about Kate for her 40th birthday
“Calvin was clever, he saw from the pictures that it was obsession, and it really was an obsession, I 'd wake up in the morning and he'd be taking pictures of me. I was like, 'Fuck off!' I lay like that [naked on a couch] for 10 days. He would not stop taking pictures of that. But, he's Italian, you know? He was like, 'Lay down, I'll tell you when we've got it!' We probably had it in the first roll. They rented us a house, just me and him and loads of film, in this deserted little shack on the beach." Kate talking about her relationship with Mario Sorrenti
"We were really dangerous. During that time, in the 1990s, you were allowed to do everything, there were no limits. Or at least we used to think so. We did everything you could imagine. Parties, events, it was a lot of fun at that time” -Donatella Versace talking about herself, Naomi and Kate back in the 90s
“All these years, she hasn’t spoken, she hasn’t done interviews and so we know her from the image,” Baron said. “But the imagery is of characters she’s playing. It’s not her.”
Her job as she sees it, Moss said while politely asking the waitress to carry her half-eaten meal downstairs to a table where Hince awaited her, “is to be that character, to act and move like that other person that people imagine.” Her gift, as it happens, is that she’s not very good at this part of the job.
“The bigger part of any picture she’s in,” Mr. Yohannan added, “is always Kate Moss.” From a New York Times Interview
It will surprise no one that the narrative she is keener to put across is sharply at odds with the tabloid tales of an unrepentant party girl whose all-night raves at the Ritz in Paris are a fashion-world legend and who has spent so much time as tabloid prey that her daughter’s first word, she said, was “Nazzi,” a child’s version of paparazzi. From a New York Times Interview
The Vanity Fair interview, by a longtime friend, the biographer James Fox, can be read as a series of revelations or else as evidence of the canniness (reveal a little to conceal a lot) of a professional who long outlasted her contemporaries in the business, transcending a job description as humdrum as model to become a verifiable star. The pictures in "Kate" are by virtually every important fashion photographer and attest to her enduring appeal. From a New York Times Interview
Moss’s bad-girl image has always been good for business, at least since the days of heroin chic and somebody-feed-her-a-cracker. Now, at 38 — an age when even the luckiest in her field have typically been tossed on the ice —Moss can boast of numerous advertising campaigns; more editorial work than any one glamour puss can reasonably handle; a new husband (Jamie Hince, of the band the Kills); a $13 million house in North London among whose previous owners was the opium-addicted poet Samuel Coleridge; and the December cover of Vanity Fair. From the New York Times
The news peg for the latter is “Kate,” a tombstone-sized picture book from Rizzoli, a lavish greatest-hits album of Moss’s fashion work through the nearly 25 years she has been a fashion celebrity. The pictures, by virtually every important fashion photographer, attest to her enduring appeal. And the scant text, by Ms. Moss herself, provides a pretext for the detonation of tiny bombshells about her scandal-prone life. From a New York Times Interview
The woman who has been featured on countless magazine covers (30 times, at last count, on the cover of British Vogue) added offhandedly: “I think they’re all right, my looks, now. But I’ve never seen myself as sexy or a side of myself that boys would like.”
Whether boys did, the camera always has. Like those of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, another beauty of the photographic era, Moss’s eyes are almost abnormally wide-set. From a New York Times Interview
Like a silent-film actress whose career has unfolded in stills from an ongoing movie, Moss evolved in public from waif to runway goddess to rocker chick to demi-legend, all the while developing a business empire and enthralling a curious public partly by keeping her beautiful lips sealed.
From a New York Times Interview
Now, at last, Garbo speaks. She speaks to this reporter in one of two interviews granted in connection with the release of “Kate.” There are predictable shockers. Moss never took heroin, she said, was not anorexic, couldn’t stand her looks and suffered teenage trauma when she was asked to straddle a shirtless Marky Mark for a Calvin Klein campaign. From a New York Times Interview
“It’s very difficult to describe how she kept herself so on top of her game,” the photographer Juergen Teller said recently during a break from shooting a new Marc Jacobs campaign. “I’m going to go away from the photographs for a moment and say what it is about her as a person, in a way.”
There is about Moss, he added, “this amazing phenomenon, yes, but more to the point, this incredible free-spirited, animal-like-ness, which is so mesmerizing.” From a New York Times Interview
“People forget I go to work,” Moss said. They forget that the Coleridge house was bought and paid for by the daughter of a travel agent and a barmaid from what the actor Richard Burton once described as the nightmarish “featureless suburb” of Croydon. “Modeling is a job,” she said. “Even my mum doesn’t believe that I do work hard.” From a New York Times Interview
Unlike Garbo, whose sphinxlike silence concealed a stolid bore, Ms. Moss is as compelling in person as in front of a lens, quick to mock herself, to offer a bite of her lunch, to throw her head back in easy girlish laughter. From a New York Times Interview
The designer Vivienne Westwood once chalked up Ms. Moss’s personal appeal to her “punk attitude.” Mike Figgis, the director who shot a short film starring Moss, said he was mystified by her allure. While a coat on anyone else is just a coat, Mr. Figgis said, a coat on Kate Moss magically becomes something you want to borrow and wear. From a New York Times Interview