​take the crown: own a piece of kate moss’s first magazine shoot, for i-D

Christie’s Out Of The Ordinary auction features a Stephen Jones crown worn by Moss on her first magazine shoot, printed in the pages of i-D in 1989.

by Charlotte Gush
03 August 2015, 11:00am

Many models have tried, and failed, to take Kate Moss's crown, but an upcoming auction at Christie's will allow anyone -- who can front the cash -- to do just that. Aged just 14, Kate Moss made her magazine debut in the pages of i-D, wearing a felt crown by iconic milliner Stephen Jones. This mirrored, studded and stitched piece of felt fashion history will be sold at Christie's upcoming Out Of The Ordinary auction, along with a copy of i-D No.69, 1989's The Rich Issue, in which the images of Kate Moss wearing the crown appeared.

Photographer Kate Garner, who was a Blitz Kid and member of new wave band Haysi Fantayzee, teamed up with stylist Claire Hall for the shoot in 1989. Garner says she spotted Kate Moss's fresh face among the hundreds of model shots on the wall at Storm, where Moss had recently been signed. The 14-year-old soon-to-be-supermodel had to leave school early for the shoot and was chaperoned from Croydon to Garner's studios in Old Street, where she wore the felt crown that had been given personally to stylist Claire Hall by milliner Stephen Jones. The shoot was subsequently picked up by i-D for publication in the magazine.

A free exhibition of the extraordinary and unusual lots from the Out Of The Ordinary auction opens today at Christie's in South Kensington, showing Kate's crown alongside running shoes worn by Roger Bannister when he broke the four minute mile record, by running it in 3 minutes 59.4 seconds. The exhibition is open until the sale on 10 September. The crown will be auctioned together with a copy of i-D No.69 and a letter of authenticity from Claire Hall, and the lot is expected to sell for between £5,000 and £8,000.


Photography Christie's Images Ltd. 2015