RIP Corinne Day

by Sasha Wilkins on August 28, 2010 · 17 comments

I first ran this post in the spring and am re-producing the post in memoriam of the seminal 90s photographer Corinne Day, who died this weekend. I had the pleasure of working with her once, about ten years ago, on Condé Nast Traveller, when we sent sent her off on a road trip around Texas with Rose Ferguson and some other friends. She came in with a hilarious – and excellent – set of images, and I remember her as being nothing but charming and funny to work with, as her  London accent echoed around the hushed Vogue House corridors.

RIP Corinne.

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 and topless image are reproduced constantly, but I don’t recall seeing the others recently, so thought I’d scan them for your edification.

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.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Susan August 28, 2010 at 12:29

I did not see the notice…thank you for this. RIP indeed.


Camila August 28, 2010 at 12:38

Corinne Day + Kate Moss = Epic art. The two combined could do no wrong in my eyes! R.I.P. Corinne Day.


Fashionistable August 28, 2010 at 12:40

I am so sorry to hear the news that Corinne has lost her battle. She was brilliant. Xxxx


Ruth Johnston August 28, 2010 at 13:10

How sad, wonderful photos xx


Annelie August 28, 2010 at 13:16

Great pictures!!! So natural :-)


Teawithonesugarplease August 28, 2010 at 15:07

Day was a true talent and a product of her time – I hope she is at peace now


Christina Lindsay August 28, 2010 at 16:44

It’s very sad… I love Corinne’s work. I remember that shoot like it was yesterday xx


Jane Pev Tomlinson August 28, 2010 at 17:10

RIP Corinne, who knows what direction photography would have taken or what our magazines would look like without your vision and influence x


Rosa August 28, 2010 at 19:53

Rest in peace, Corinne. x


Aja August 29, 2010 at 10:13

I feel as if many of the people that inspired my interests in fashion are leaving us. Sad.


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