Kate Moss has spent the majority of her life in front of a camera lens, whether she’s being shot as the face of high-end fashion brands, or being tapped going about her daily life.
So to find a collection of completely unseen photographs of the enigmatic supermodel is incredible enough; to find her FIRST professional shots is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Photographer Owen Scarbenia explains:
“In the summer of 1988, I was shooting an image series of models in designer blouses and sports underwear when I got a call from Sarah Doukas, director of Storm Models, asking me come and meet their new girl.
“Her name was Kate Moss and they were keen for me to shoot some of my clean, minimalist test shots of her as they thought I'd love her look. As it happened, she fitted in precisely to the project I was shooting that summer.
“The rest was fashion and cultural history and those images started her meteoric rise to fashion icon and queen of the catwalk.”
Those negatives were filed away in Owen’s loft until 2015, when he discovered them again and approached Zebra One Gallery for help in showing them to the world.
We secured an exclusive reveal and interview with Owen in Vogue, the magazine through which Kate’s career has been relentlessly documented.
This was swiftly followed by hundreds of articles around the world, which all built towards an exclusive, invite-only show at London members club Home House, where guests could admire the beauty and fresh-faced innocence of a girl yet to conquer the world.
Following the exclusive launch, the pictures - which all sold within minutes of opening - were displayed to the public for two weeks at Zebra One Gallery in Hampstead, before being delivered to their new owners.