Years after her discovery at age fourteen at New York City’s John F. Kennedy Airport and her quick ascent to the top of the supermodeling world and choice luxury-brand figurehead, Kate Moss represents an unusual success story: that of a middle-class teenager who became one of the best-paid models in the world with no apparent effort. Hers is a story of endless reinvention: more than twenty years later, despite tabloid scandals, drug use, rehab, and tumultuous high-profile romances, Kate Moss appears before us as a fresh creation each time, an ideal subject able to adapt to any circumstance, recast herself ceaselessly through self-staging and self-narration, and make the world fall in love with her over and over again.
In Kate Moss: The Making of an Icon, Christian Salmon’s insightful text, accompanied by more than sixty gorgeous images, explores this phenomenon—the story of an icon, a muse, a legend, an enigma—and how our culture has created the collective Kate Moss myth.
Christian Salmon is a member of the Center for Research in the Arts and Language. The director of the International Parliament of Writers from 1993 to 2005, he is a founder of the International Network of Cities of Asylum and the journal Autodafe. He has contributed to several newspapers, including Le Monde, which published his weekly column throughout 2008. He is the author of numerous nonfiction works, including Storytelling, which has been translated into seven languages. He lives in France.