Kate Moss

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Kate Moss

by Corinne Day
bromide print, 2006
59 1/2 in. x 51 3/8 in. (1510 mm x 1305 mm)
Commissioned, 2007
Primary Collection
NPG P1274

Sitterback to top

  • Kate Moss (1974-), Fashion model. Sitter in 8 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Corinne Day (1962-2010), Photographer. Artist or producer of 2 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

This portraitback to top

This portrait was commissioned to coincide with the launch of the National Portrait Gallery exhibition Face of Fashion (2007) which featured the work of Corinne Day. Of making the photograph she said 'I suggested to Kate that we have a conversation about a serious subject. The subject she chose to talk about revealed her true feelings and in turn defined her character.'

Linked publicationsback to top

  • 100 Photographs, 2018, p. 137 Read entry

    Talent-spotted at the age of fourteen, Kate Moss (b.1974) first appeared on the cover of The Face magazine in 1990, photographed by Corinne Day (1965-2010). Moss has subsequently appeared on over 300 magazine covers and continues to be one of the most highly sought-after models in the fashion industry. Self-taught photographer and former model Day was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to photograph her long-term friend. Moss talked candidly during the shoot, which took place over one day, and the resulting portrait shows Moss relaxed before the camera.

  • 100 Fashion Icons, p. 164
  • Flavia Frigeri, Women At Work: 1900 to Now, 2023, p. 75
  • Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 265

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Current affairs

The Loans for Peerages affair erupts after four businessmen who gave unpublished loans to the Labour Party are nominated for peerages. The scandal revealed a legal loophole: while political parties must declare all large donations, they were not required to declare loans. This led the Police to investigate whether the parties had broken the 1925 Honours (Prevention of Abuses) Act, and to Lord Levy and Tony Blair.

Art and science

A year of blockbuster exhibitions including Modernism at the Victoria and Albert Museum, a Surrealism exhibition at the Haywood Gallery, Michaelangelo Drawings at the British Museum, Valezqueth at the National Gallery, Rodin at the Royal Academy, Holbein at Tate Britain, and David Hockney Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery.


Following the kidnapping of two Israeli Soldiers by Lebanese Hezbollah militants, Israel launches a heavy artillery attack and ground invasion on Lebanon. In response Hezbollah launched rockets into northern Israel and engaged the Israeli Defence Forces in guerrilla warfare. The conflict ended after claiming over 1500 lives - mostly Lebanese civilians - with a UN resolution calling for Hezbollah's disarmament and Israel's withdrawal of troops from Lebanon.

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