Editor's Letter: May Vogue
WHEN we heard that there was to be a new Rolling Stones exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, the question was, what could we organise around it? Enter Kate Moss, the perfect person to style a shoot using the band's incredible collection of stage costumes ("On with the Show", page 132). It didn't take a huge leap of the imagination to envisage the epitome of rock-chick style working with vintage pieces from the greatest rock performers of our time. The original plan was for her to style another model in them, but once she saw the treasure she was keen to put herself in the story. When we looked at the individual pieces - a nostalgic glitter-fest of jumpsuits, leather, sequins and velvet - it was clear that they could easily have come straight from Kate's own wardrobe. In fact, it was extraordinary how influential they have been on fashion and how many designers through the decades have worked on them, as was explained by the very helpful Isobel Work, costume designer and archivist for the band.
Craig McDean's shoot is loosely inspired by the time the Stones spent at Villa Nellcôte - seen in Exile, a book of photographs which is one of the best examples of capturing a moment in time, the moment being the recording of Exile on Main St in the South of France. For me, the icing on this particular story's cake is Bella Freud's accompanying article, which so perfectly evokes the heady glamour of Stones style.