BEHIND THE SCENES
In 1992 Stephanie was living in Paris when the creative director from Italian Harper's Bazaar called with an assignment to photograph an editorial fashion story set in New York City. The direction was to create a young, beautiful cool looking couple that wandered the great gritty city, day and night.
Stephanie contacted a model agent in hopes of finding a 'new face', a different type of girl with unusual qualities, an actress of sorts. The agent in London had just received a few photo copies, 'there is this very young girl who is a punk type of kid, offbeat, cool, petite, unusual'. Once Stephanie saw her photos she knew she had the right character and decided to contrast her with the supermodel, Marcus Schenkenberg.
These photographs are important in the history of fashion photography. It is the collective “we” that romanticizes the age depicted in these pictures. Love and youth are seen here with bravado, curiosity, innocence and freedom, capturing this period of our lives brilliantly and honestly. This was Kate's editorial debut in the US and little did they all know that she would become the Twiggy of our time.
Kate has an innate sensibility with the camera, she allows herself to be curious and vulnerable as she transforms into a character, naturally and securely and lets the photographer portray her through the inspirations of direction, fashion, styling, scenes and the moods of the story.
Stephanie's inspiration for Kate's character derived from the 1960 filmmakers, Jean-Luc Godard and John Cassavetes and in particular the wonderful French actress Anna Karina. Kate completely changed the landscape of what models are today and now almost 25 years later, as a woman in her 40's she is still the number one icon in the fashion industry and known all over the world.
This series of fashion photographs epitomizes Stephanie's photographic style. The use of gritty black and white film, natural lighting, street shooting, casting and a filmic approach to directing with closeup faces and cinematic ambience create this image series. Stephanie also pays tribute to Andy Warhol and POP art. The use of color toning, dot screens and grids was a visual element of the original Italian Harper’s Bazaar editorial that Stephanie art directed with the editor. Here, Stephanie brings back for the first time many unseen images. This iconic photographic series is now made available for fine art prints as, 'The Kate Moss Collection'.