editors who use her extraordinary face to convey a message for them. And each time, Moss plays her role so well we can never be sure which vision of her is the most true. Well, the answer to that enigma may finally be revealed, thanks to The Kate Moss Collection by Gert Elfering, an exhibition curated by photographer and gallerist Elfering, which is traveling from India to Dubai, Moscow, Barcelona, Hong Kong and London. Featuring work by influential artists, such as David Sims, Nick Knight, Marc Quinn, Arthur Elgort and Mario Testino, the show is a unique opportunity to observe Moss through the eyes of some of the greatest visual masters of our time.
For Moss' friend, businessman Sir David Tang, it's clear why she has beguiled everyone for so long. "Kate has a distinction for not trying to promote herself, but to let others' interpretation of her reach the audience," he says. "It is not easy to keep silent, to become mysterious and intriguing,
but that's what she has done." Tang's favorite image is a tapestry by photorealist artist Chuck Close: "I have always been a fan of Close; the fact it is a tapestry makes it exotic."
Tang will have a chance to own the tapestry when the exhibition works go to auction at Christie's in London in September. From the haunting images captured by then-boyfriend Mario Sorrenti in 1993 for the Calvin Klein Obsession campaign, to a stunning close-up by David Sims in 2006, every piece will be up for public bidding. And perhaps, by possessing your very own piece of Kate Moss history, the mystery may finally be solved.
Clockwise from above: Porcelain Kate, 2013
by Nick Knight; Kate Moss, 2003 by Chuck Close; Kate Moss in Nepal, 1993
by Arthur Elgort
“It is not easy to keep SILENT and become MYSTERIOUS and intriguing, but that is what she has DONE”
Photographs: Nick Knight; Chuck Close; Arthur Elgort, British Vogue. Nick Knight, Porcelain Kate, 2013.
Nymphenburg hard porcelain in white bisque, edition of 25, 35.6cm x 61cm x 16cm