‘She was my first’: Matthieu Blazy pays tribute to Kate Moss with new Bottega Veneta fanzine

Bottega Veneta creative director Matthieu Blazy looks back to his teenage adoration of Kate Moss with a new book of photographs and collages of the British supermodel

Spread of Kate Moss Bottega Veneta book
A spread from Bottega Veneta’s Kate Moss ‘fanzine’
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‘Kate Moss was my first Google search; she’s the first photo to be printed on the family printer,’ says Matthieu Blazy, creative director of Bottega Veneta, whose teenage adoration of the British supermodel provides the basis of a new book from the Italian house.

The book arrives as part of a series of publications ‘capturing the motion and emotions’ of the house’s Summer 2023 collection, which was shown in Milan last September. The first two volumes document the ‘ideation, approach and process’ of Italian designer Gaetano Pesce’s custom set for the show alongside unseen images of the collection; this, the third, serves as a celebration of Moss, who walked in the show. 

Bottega Veneta release Kate Moss ‘fanzine’

Spread of Kate Moss Bottega Veneta book with collage

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‘Collective vision has been at the core of Bottega Veneta since being founded in 1966,’ say the house of the series. ‘These books nod to this collective spirit and the history of Bottega Veneta.’

Described as a ‘fanzine’, the new book collates a number of photographs of the model, its design replicating Blazy’s own teenage scrapbooks. ‘It invites you into the world of Bottega Veneta and to embrace a childlike sense of wonder,’ say the house of its playful design.

Spread of Kate Moss book

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‘Whenever I hear a modem, I think of Kate, because I mainly looked for her pictures as a teenager,’ says Blazy, who became the house’s creative director in 2021. ‘It’s a sound I will forever relate to her. She became a personal icon. It was, for me, a very serious teenage activity that became an everyday term at home. If I was doing my “Kate Moss”, it meant I was in the middle of collecting pictures.

‘This hobby became a sort of education,’ he continues. ’This fanzine is a tribute to Kate and the pages of a binder that defined my coming of age. She was my first.’


Spread from Bottega Veneta Kate Moss book

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Fashion Features Editor

Jack Moss is the Fashion Features Editor at Wallpaper*, joining the team in 2022. Having previously been the digital features editor at AnOther and digital editor at 10 and 10 Men magazines, he has also contributed to titles including i-D, Dazed, 10 Magazine, Mr Porter’s The Journal and more, while also featuring in Dazed: 32 Years Confused: The Covers, published by Rizzoli. He is particularly interested in the moments when fashion intersects with other creative disciplines – notably art and design – as well as championing a new generation of international talent and reporting from international fashion weeks. Across his career, he has interviewed the fashion industry’s leading figures, including Rick Owens, Pieter Mulier, Jonathan Anderson, Grace Wales Bonner, Christian Lacroix, Kate Moss and Manolo Blahnik.