Kate Moss goes from supermodel to super-muse

By Taylor Recchia | Impressionist

Kate Moss has dominated the fashion world for 25 years on and off the catwalk. She rose to fame in the early 1990s as part of the heroin chic fashion trend, having campaigns for designers such as Gucci, Calvin Klein, Chanel…the list goes on and on. Transcending the description of ‘supermodel’, Moss became a muse to many, especially in the world of modern art.

Some of today’s major modern artists have used Moss as their muse. In 2005, English-based graffiti artist, Banksy re-interpreted Andy Warhol’s Marylin series by using Kate Moss. Chuck Close also created an art piece using Moss, he created a portrait of her using digital weaving techniques to form a jacquard tapestry. In 2010, Thierry Guetta, also known as Mr. Brainwash created a Moss tribute to promote his debut UK show using acrylic and canvas. Kate Moss also influenced Marc Quinn to create a statue of his “modern day Aphrodite” entirely out of 18K gold.

So just what is it that makes Moss go from supermodel to super-muse? Her gorgeous girl-next door looks mixed with her party-girl attitude? The fact that she is a modern day icon? Despite her very public presence, it may come to a surprise that very little is known about the ‘real’ Kate Moss, she doesn’t even give interviews. It is difficult to pinpoint just one reason why she has been so influential in modern art today, but it is apparent that the mystery of her transcends in the mystery of modern art.