Global style icon and consummate party girl Kate Moss turns the big 4-0 today! No doubt major players in the art world will be joining the global masses in wishing her many happy returns. As well as being the most controversial model of her era, Kate Moss has become the generation’s muse, inspiring more artists’ work than any other non-religious or royal subject in history.

Last year, our sister gallery Lawrence Alkin Gallery showcased a series of the first ever professional photographs taken of Kate Moss in their exhibition, ‘Kate Moss: Roll 1’. The photographs were taken in 1988 by photographer David Ross and depict a fresh faced 14 year old Kate Moss shortly after she was spotted by Storm modelling agency’s Sarah Doukas.

The supermodel has been tied into the art world professionally and socially ever since, “I’ve worked with a lot of artists – Lucian Freud, Marc Quinn, Tracey Emin, Gary Hume, Jake and Dinos Chapman... I became friends with some of them. A lot of them really. And, you know, we’d seen each other out, hung out at parties and what have you, and over the years they’d ask me to do odd projects.” Her enviable art projects have included sitting for Lucian Freud (who gave her a tattoo!), modelling for a Marc Quinn sculpture and even appearing in Peter Blake’s reinvented ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ album cover.