At the Museo de la Moda in Santiago, Chile, November 2018
"I buy vintage everywhere,” says Kate Moss. “I always keep my eyes open when I’m travelling.” It’s no surprise, then, that on a trip to South America, the 45-year-old supermodel found a kindred spirit in Jorge Yarur Bascuñán, director of the world-class Museo de la Moda in Santiago, Chile. This month, Rizzoli is publishing Museo de la Moda: Musings on Fashion & Style, an irreverent scrapbook of sorts that Moss edited and that places the fashion museum’s encyclopedic holdings—where John Lennon’s Sgt. Pepper’s jacket and ’30s tea dresses rub up against the fi nest couture—in conversation with her wardrobe. Here, she shares her shopping tips and styling tricks for six key vintage styles from the museum’s collection with BAZAAR.
Moss, wearing a 1971 Thea Porter dress, in London, October 2015
It’s lovely to know I have a museum piece in the Thea Porter dress I own, but I just enjoy wearing it. I get excited whenever I fi nd British designers from the ’60s and ’70s in a vintage shop, and I usually buy them. My daughter, Lila, just wore an Ossie Clark dress I got at auction when she was 10 and had been saving for her. It once belonged to Twiggy.
At the BAFTA Afterparty, 18 February 2018; Cher’s Bob Mackie gown from 1975
I chose this dress as I love Bob Mackie and I think what he did with Cher was amazing. I have always gravitated toward bias-cut dresses because they are easy and comfortable, but also really fl attering and glamorous. I wore a 1930s silk dress to Princess Eugenie’s wedding reception. When I was a teenager, I wore bias-cut dresses with trainers, but now I wear them with heels.
At a Moët & Chandon party, May 2019
Jean Dessès, 1951
The detailing in the way goddess dresses like the Jean Dessès gown in the museum’s collection are made is incredible. They are good to wear, since draping gives you a great body shape. This champagne jumpsuit, which I wore for Moët & Chandon’s 150th anniversary, was perfect for that event. I kept the accessories really simple as it didn’t need over-styling.
At Glastonbury Festival, June 2005
John Lennon’s jacket from 1966
It’s incredible to touch pieces worn by John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix, as they’re two of my favourite people who ever lived. A studded moto like my ’70s Roncelli jacket is the type of thing I like to wear to festivals or just every day to rock up a look and give it a bit of an edge.
Backstage at the Laurence Olivier Awards at The Royal Opera House, April 2014
Yves Saint Laurent, Spring 1967
Yves Saint Laurent designs from the ’60s epitomise bohemian-chic and are from an era I would have loved to live in. When I shop for peasant dresses, I really don’t look at labels; I’m usually drawn by the colours. I like to wear them with heeled boots.
“It’s lovely to know I have a museum piece in the Thea Porter dress I own, but I just enjoy wearing it.”
At the V&A Summer Party, June 2016
Liberty & Cie, circa 1939
The museum has a lot of ’30s tea dresses, and Jorge actually gave me one from his collection. They’re very feminine—perfect for a garden party. I usually accessorise with a sandal, a small handbag, and delicate jewellery, maybe a dangly earring. I like the dreaminess of these dresses; the soft, fl owing fabric. I always imagine someone wearing this dress as they waft around a Parisian garden or a stately home. ■
KATE’S VINTAGE STORES
My favourite place in London is Rellik (relliklondon.co.uk); I’ve been going there since it opened. And, of course, the weekend Portobello Green Market (portobellofashionmarket.co.uk) is always good. In New York, I love Resurrection (resurrectionvintage.com), and in Paris, Didier Ludot (didierludot.fr) has the most gorgeous couture pieces.
BLACK AND WHITE PORTRAIT: GÉRARD UFÉRAS. THEA PORTER DRESS: PEDRO MARINELLO. BOB MACKIE DRESS: PHILIPPE GALOWICH. PHOTOGRAPHY: COURTESY MUSEO DE LA MODA ARCHIVES. ©MUSEO DE LA MODA: MUSINGS ON FASHION & STYLE, RIZZOLI NEW YORK, 2019. STREET PHOTOS: (LEFT) NEIL P. MOCKFORD/GC IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES. (RIGHT) W8MEDIA/MEGA; GETTY IMAGES; TPGVIP/CLICK PHOTOS