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The Art of Beauty - Naomi Campbell’s rise to superstardom, among the greats of photography and fashion

The Art of Beauty

Naomi Campbell’s rise to superstardom, among the greats of photography and fashion

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Naomi Campbell

Edition of 1,000 + 200 APs
US$ 2,500
Edition: English
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Supermodel, entrepreneur, activist, provocateur. Since her teenage rise to stardom, Naomi Campbell has dazzled the world with her looks, her strength, and her irrepressible spirit. The first black model to grace the cover of French Vogue and TIME magazine, she has been the face of hundreds of magazine covers, countless editorials and advertising campaigns, and a favorite subject for some of the best photographers of the ’80s, ’90s, and today.

This signed, limited two-volume Collector’s Edition celebrates Campbell’s remarkable career amid the greatest legends of fashion and photography with jaw-dropping images and exclusive autobiographical text. Volume 1 showcases the very best of Campbell’s portfolio, with photographs from the likes of Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Richard Avedon, Anton Corbijn, Patrick Demarchelier, Steven Meisel, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, Paolo Roversi, Mario Testino, Ellen von Unwerth, and Bruce Weber, and such unforgettable shoots as Peter Lindbergh’s joyful sequence of Naomi dancing as Josephine Baker on the beach in Deauville for Italian Vogue, or Jean-Paul Goude’s stunning composition of Naomi racing a cheetah for U.S. Harper's Bazaar.

Volume 2 features Naomi’s extensive autobiographical text, illustrated by magazine covers, ads, never-before-seen personal snapshots, video stills, and more. Naomi recalls her childhood; the beginning of her modeling career; her work with fashion’s greatest designers, including Azzedine Alaïa, John Galliano, Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, Gianni Versace; and experiencing the meteoric rise to superstardom. Photographer biographies and an illustrated appendix are also included.

In a dazzling meeting of art and fashion, Volume 1 is presented in a multiple artwork by British pop art luminary Allen Jones. Best known for his controversial fetish furniture, Allen Jones has maintained a uniquely striking visual language ever since the emergence of Pop in the 1950s. In sculpture, painting, and lithography, he merges female figuration with the iconography of city life, consumerism, and spectacle. Jones’s work has been exhibited in solo shows around the world, most recently in a major retrospective at the Royal Academy, London. For the Naomi Campbell Art Edition, Jones’s artwork deploys stylized contours and smooth surfaces to invoke a sense of touch, while exploring the role of the supermodel in contemporary culture. In Jones’s words, “it does not attempt to illustrate Naomi, but to encapsulate her.”


Collector’s Edition of 1,000 numbered copies, each signed by Naomi Campbell and presented in a multiple artwork by British pop art luminary Allen Jones
  • “Icon, goddess, London girl. Indulge in a spot of Naomi worship with this new book.”

    — ES Magazine, London
  • “Few models can lay claim to such an unmistakable body, or to the unmistakable body of work inside. Campbell has coyly played Eve for Peter Lindbergh, raced against a cheetah for Jean-Paul Goude, and transformed into a silvery cyborg for Seb Janiak. Campbell has built the kind of persona that warrants a two-volume coffee-table book by tempering her out-of-this-world looks with a heavy dose of realness.”

    — New York magazine, New York
  • “The book is a culmination of my life’s work. It includes all that I’ve done in the fashion business for the past 29½ years. The book is a timeline of my career, and has allowed me to remember and give credit to all the wonderful people I’ve had the pleasure of working with over the years. Because of this, it’s very special to me. It took quite a few years to put this book together, because we didn’t want to rush it. It was important both to Benedikt Taschen and I to find all of my pictures and compile them into two really beautiful books…Working with Benedikt was a great experience – I love and respect him, and I wouldn’t have wanted to create a book like this with anyone else. For me, it was a dream come true.”

    — Naomi Campbell speaking in GARAGE Magazine, London