Kate The Great
Moss has had campaigns with major Italian, French, American, and British designers including Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Calvin Klein, Roberto Cavalli, Chanel, Missoni, Longchamp, David Yurman, Dior, Yves Saint-Laurent, Burberry, Stella McCartney, Rimmel and Bvlgari, including a campaign for the successful Brazilian label ELLUS during summer 2000. She has been featured in fashion spreads in most major fashion magazines including UK, US, and French Vogue magazines (as well as other international versions of Vogue), Another Man, Vanity Fair, the Face, and W. Moss has appeared on the cover of British Vogue alone 26 times, in addition to dozens of other international Vogue covers, and has been featured on the cover of 17 issues of W, including one issue with nine different covers that featured the model. W even names Moss its muse (September 2003 issue). She has worked with the most well-known photographers in the fashion industry today, such as Mario Testino, Mario Sorrenti, Steven Klein, Juergen Teller, and Peter Lindbergh, and won the prestigious Vogue/CFDA award from the Fashion Designers of America in July 2005 as Fashion Inspiration. The haute couture dress she wore to the award ceremony was from the Christian Dior autumn 2005 haute couture designed by John Galliano.
April 2005 saw the launch of the Rimmel London mascara TV ad featuring a leather-clad Kate Moss riding a motorbike through London to the sound of the rock song “Another Cold Beer” by Steven Crayn.
Twelve months after her cocaine scandal, Moss made a comeback by bagging 18 top modeling contracts for the Autumn/Winter 2006 season: Rimmel, Agent Provocateur, Virgin Mobile, Belstaff, Beymen, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Roberto Cavalli, Longchamp, Stella McCartney, Bulgari, Chanel, Nikon, David Yurman, Versace, Mia Shvili, Calvin Klein Jeans and Burberry. Moss also agreed to make her first foray into the design world by designing a collection, in collaboration with Katy England, for Topshop. Moss launched a fragrance and body lotion range bearing her name in association with Coty in 2007.
According to Forbes, Moss has earned more money since her cocaine scandal than ever before: her 2004–2005 earnings were $5 million and her 2005–2006 earnings were $8 million. In 2007, with estimated earnings of $9 million, she was the second highest paid model in the world, behind Gisele Bündchen.
In November 2006, Moss won the Model of the Year prize at the British Fashion Awards, the top accolade in British fashion, but the award divided opinion and stirred fresh controversy.
On 27 September 2007, The Sun published a story entitled, “Kate Moss dumped by seven brands”, describing her “cocaine honeymoon” as fading away. The story continues by stating that in autumn 2006 she had eighteen contracts in comparison to 2007’s eleven, and that in 2006 fashion bible Vogue had six campaigns using Moss including Dior, Louis Vuitton and Burberry, but November 2007’s issue has none. The story concludes by saying that an industry source has said, “She is still very big but the honeymoon period has ended.”
Despite these press reports, Moss was later announced as the face of Donna Karan, Yves Saint-Laurent and Roberto Cavalli for spring 2008.
Despite all press reports and comments about her relevancy as a model, Moss frequently appears in advertising campaigns; most recently she appears in the Autumn 2008 advertising campaigns for Donna Karan Collection, Stella McCartney and Roberto Cavalli.
On 1 May 2007, a collection of clothes purported to be designed by Moss exclusively for the Topshop chain were launched across the UK in the chain’s 225 stores. A Kate Moss “countdown to launch” board filled a window of the company’s flagship Oxford Street store and on 30 April, Moss launched the clothing line at Topshop in Oxford Street, where she briefly appeared in the shop window modeling a red dress from the clothing collection just before the shop was opened, causing a media frenzy. Topshop has reportedly paid Moss £3 million for her work, which consists of choosing designs and then modeling them, as well as allowing her name to be used on the garments. With her name licensed to Topshop, Moss has been able to pursue other design opportunities. In early 2010 it was revealed that her name would be put to a range of handbags for luxury goods house Longchamp.
Moss has appeared in music videos such as “Kowalski” by Primal Scream, “I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself” by the White Stripes, “Something About the Way You Look Tonight” by Elton John, “Sex with Strangers” by Marianne Faithfull and “Delia’s Gone” and “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” by Johnny Cash.
She has also provided vocals for songs by Primal Scream (the 2003 version of “Some Velvet Morning”) and Babyshambles. Her vocals are featured on the Babyshambles song “La Belle et la Bête”, singing the line: “Is she more beautiful than me?” Prior to breaking up with Pete Doherty, Moss co-wrote four songs on Babyshambles’ second album Shotter’s Nation—”You Talk”, “French Dog Blues”, “Baddie’s Boogie”, and “Deft Left Hand”.
Moss has also DJ’d on more than one occasion at the Death Disco club with her friends Alan McGee and BP Fallon.
Moss is also known for her close friendships with many rock and roll icons and musicians such as Elton John, Mick Jones, Philip Colbert, Anita Pallenberg, Marianne Faithfull, Bobby Gillespie and Siobhan Fahey.
In 1999, Moss played a non-musical role in the British television comedy Blackadder: Back & Forth, appearing both as Maid Marian and as a fictional Queen of England “who looks good naked”.
Moss has also been the subject of portraits by contemporary artists such as Lucian Freud and Chuck Close. In 2005, a painting of Moss by Freud sold for £3.93 million at a Christie’s auction. Close has taken a series of daguerreotypes of Moss, which he has also translated into Jacquard tapestry.
On 8 May 2009, it was reported that Moss would begin writing an autobiography, published by Richard Branson who said the book would make “an interesting read.” It is reputed to have cost Branson £1 million.
Moss has been a supporter of the Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity, and in the 1990s featured in one of their target T-shirt campaigns. She also supported War Child. Moss also designed a charm in a necklace for Wallis in 2007 in aid of Cancer Research UK and said, “I am happy to give my support to help fund crucial research, as so many lives are affected by this terrible disease”.
She has also helped to launch the SamandRuby charity in March 2006. The charity was started to provide funding for the education and shelter of Thai children. The SamandRuby organisation is named after a friend of Moss’s, Samantha Archer Fayet, and her 6-month-old daughter Ruby Rose who were killed by the Tsunami while visiting Thailand. Moss also supports the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the Hoping Foundation, the Lucie Blackman Trust, Make Poverty History, Comic Relief and Homes of Hope which her close friend Sadie Frost also supports.
On 22 November 2006, Moss recorded an appearance in a Little Britain sketch for Comic Relief at the Hammersmith Apollo as a character called Katie Pollard, sister of Vicky Pollard played by Matt Lucas.
Kate Moss has a daughter, Lila Grace Moss, born on 29 September 2002, with Dazed & Confused editor Jefferson Hack. She is also godmother to the two sons of The Clash member Paul Simonon and to Iris Law, the daughter of Sadie Frost and Jude Law. She is also close friends with British pop singer Lily Allen.