Kate is co-editor of Rizzoli’s latest fashion publication, Museo de la Moda: Musings on Fashion & Style. Built in 1962 as a home to the Yarur family, Museo de la Moda has since been turned into a momentous privately operated fashion museum in Santiago, Chile. Museo de la Moda was established by Jorge Yarur Bascuñán in 1999 and boasts over 10,000 pieces from fashions leading houses including Chanel, Dior, YSL, Vionnet and Jean Patou as well as famed pieces owned by Elizabeth Taylor, Amy Winehouse, Cher, Marilyn Monroe, Lady Diana, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix and Madonna. The book’s objective is to bring the museum to the rest of the world, as the museum’s curator-at-large Lydia Kamitsis reveals in the sleek tome’s introduction: “There was a certain frustration in the awareness that all these extraordinary riches could be enjoyed only by visitors to the exhibitions mounted in situ at the museum”.
In an interview with AnOther Magazine, Moss shared “I had visited the Museo in April 2018; Jorge invited me to open an exhibition, I hadn’t known of it before but some friends had so I was keen to see it for myself. It was then we discussed ideas of how we could collaborate together and I returned to go into the archives to edit the pieces we would include in the book.”
Moss spoke on her love of vintage clothing, tracing her fondness of timeless garbs back to her youth, where she recalls “I first started buying second-hand clothes in my early teens from jumble sales and charity shops; I couldn’t afford designer clothes and didn’t really like what the high street had to offer, so I started sourcing vintage pieces instead.” In the book’s foreword, the internationally recognised supermodel talks about how she would hunt for ‘60s and ‘70s one-offs at local Oxfams before discovering Portobello and Camden markets. Kate told The Hollywood Reporter “I started buying second-hand clothes as a teen because I couldn’t find what I liked to wear on the high street.” Moss went onto say “It was amazing to see the Museo’s archive. Jorge has such an incredible collection covering every era and also original pieces worn by some of my icons.”
The book features a curatorial selection of 100 archival pieces displayed at the South American museum, specifically documenting the sartorial trends that have inspired Moss’s own style and wardrobe. The volume is organised by fashion theme from 1920s opera coats to London’s Swinging ‘60s, accompanied by personal anecdotes, ‘90s & early 00s paparazzi shots and street-style photography capturing Moss throughout the decades.
The book is out now and available to order online!