Corinne Day that appeared in The Face in the early 1990s caused a furore in the fashion circles.
Critics spotted hints at drug and sexual abuse in Day’s images of her friends portrayed wearing casual and almost scrubby vests and jeans or bras and knickers hanging around London flats, slumped on sofas, leaning against walls, staring into space or just sleeping.
Day’s portraits of her friend, model Kate Moss, wearing a Liza Bruce vest and Hennes briefs, surrounded by a fairy light chain taken in 1993 in the model’s dreary flat for British Vogue, sparked new controversies and outrage, with the media crying out about the brutality of the fashion world, the glamorisation of anorexia and the exploitation of young women.
Yet Day’s kitchen-sink untouched portraits taken in what became her trademark minimalist style were a reaction to the supermodel glitzy and glamorous look that had been popular until then and soon launched an entirely new genre that, favouring ultra-realness and rawness, gained cult status even in the USA.
ted by experimental fringe magazines but was also favoured in advertising campaigns for modern luxury goods, turning her into one of the most important and successful contemporary women photographers in the UK.
In the meantime, Moss’s images graced the cover of many magazines and helped her becoming a globally famous face.
Day and Moss were reunited again for a project commissioned in 2007 by London’s National Portrait Gallery: as part of the “Face of Fashion” exhibition, Day took a series of headshots of Moss that showed her smiling, drinking and frowning.
The photographer and the model are now virtually reunited for a special project entitled “Save the Day” launched to raise funds to pay for a specialist centre where the photographer will be able to treat brain cancer, an illness she has been fighting against for over ten years now.
Each print will be exclusively available for personal use and won’t be saleable through Internet auctions or commercial galleries for the next three years. People can donate more than the official price tag (£100) and buy the prints by getting in touch via email ([email protected]) or phone (+44 (0) 20 7333 0888).
You’d better get your print soon, though, Day’s images get usually sold out just a few hours after they are put up for sale.
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