I found this iconic issue of The Face from July 1990 in the attic, along with the Depp & Kylie covers I posted last week. The cover has been reproduced constantly, but I don’t recall seeing the others recently, so thought I’d scan them to show you all here.
Kate Moss was fifteen when she shot the story, styled by Melanie Ward, which launched her career. The photographs were taken on Camber Sands in England, a traditional seaside resort, and were astonishing for their raw, verité feel; an antidote to the glossy Vogue supermodels. The images were seen by Fabien Baron, and Moss’s relationship with Calvin Klein began. It’s difficult to over emphasise how influential this story was at the time.
EDITED to add: Looking at the images with a fresh eye, and having read Moss’s recent thoughts on how out of her depth she was at the time, it’s hard not to look at the photographs and feel uncomfortable. For that reason I have removed the topless image from the series.