We'll be Gazing at Kate the Great

“Kate Moss: The Collection,” at Christie’s London

Catherine D. Anspon
August 19, 2013

Her first name invoked in the fashion firmament conveys it all: Kate, aka Kate Moss. This global ambassadress of insouciant glamour has been a muse to designers and increasingly artists since she burst upon the scene as a fresh face in the early 1990s. Now there’s Kate the auction, as Christie’s London taps European collector Gert Elfering to curate Kate images and creations that span two decades, destined for the block next month. Large-format photos in small editions were commissioned for this special sale, which encompasses celebrated photographers Irving Penn, Mario Testino, Juergen Teller and Annie Leibovitz alongside artists Sam Taylor-Wood and Chuck Close, the latter represented by a velvety jacquard tapestry portrait twice life-size. We’re also taken with the vibe-y lightning-bolt image of Moss by Nick Knight and, above all, a Barbie-esque photo of Kate in a bronze cat suit, snapped by Allen Jones. “Kate Moss: The Collection,” at Christie’s London, September 25; public exhibition September 21 through 24; e-catalog available in September; christies.com.