Kate Moss by Mario Testino

Kate Moss is an icon. There's no doubt we have followed her career since she appeared on the cover of The Face at the mere age of fifteen, through the decade of the nineties, and until now. Along the way, she's had help from her photographer friend, Mario Testino. She was his muse, so what better way to immortalize her than through a special edition book? Boy, do we mean "special edition," with only 1,500 copies each signed by the photographer himself. Kate Moss by Mario Testino will be Testino's tenth book and is filled with incredibly intimate shots of the model.

While the photos are impeccable, Testino and Moss both share their thoughts on their journey in the fashion industry, from backstage at shows to editorials. In one excerpt, Testino reflects on their first encounter:
“I met Kate very early on. Shortly after her first Galliano show I went backstage to congratulate her, only to find her crying: she was disappointed that she had only been given one outfit to model in the show. My answer to her was this: “In life there are perfumes and colognes. You need to use lots of cologne as the scent fades away; with a perfume you just use a drop and it lasts all night. You are a perfume, you will go on and on.” Little did I know just how true that would become! And that I had made a friend for life.”

While Testino owes a lot to Moss for being such an inspiration, Moss also owes a lot to her dear friend:

"Mario took me to a new level of glamour," she notes. "I don't think anybody had seen me as any kind of sexy model before he did. He was the one that transformed me. Before him I was just a grungy girl, but he saw me differently. He was the first to say 'Oh, she's quite sexy. I've seen her out! I know she's not just that grungy girl.' He'd seen me in a pair of heels, getting glamorous – and he was the first to start taking pictures of me in that way. He changed the way people thought about me as a model, for sure. Later other people started working with me in that way, but he was the first." 

Aside from these excerpts, Testino writes a fascinating forward, followed by an essay by Moss. Then come the photos. Over one hundred black-and-white and color images to capture the model's sheer beauty.
Expect to pay a pretty penny for this glamorous scrapbook - they are priced at $500 a pop! They've been rumored to be released in July, but Taschen Books claims September 15th, 2010.

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