New York, NY — Fashion, art, film, and music icons flocked to The Diamond Horseshoe, New York on the evening of April 7, where Benedikt Taschen and Marc Jacobs hosted the first official launch for TASCHEN’s limited Collector’s Edition, NAOMI.
Guests including Anna Wintour, Leonardo DiCaprio, André Leon Talley, Uma Thurman, Tony Shafrazi, André Balazs, Bella Hadid, Ellen Von Unwerth, Dave Chapelle, Zac Posen, Paris Hilton, Nicky Hilton, Charlie Rose, Gayle King, Don Lemon, Al Sharpton, and Tamron Hall enjoyed a night of disco-dancing, surprise Broadway performances, and heartfelt toasts to Naomi, who has curated both top shots and personal memories in her two-volume TASCHEN collection.
Benedikt Taschen paid tribute to Naomi as a friend and creative partner over the seven and a half years of meticulous curatorial work that has gone into the book’s production. Marc Jacobs celebrated the supermodel’s unremitting influence on fashion and culture, bearing witness to a supermodel and icon who has dazzled and inspired far beyond the runway. With a multiple artwork by Pop Art legend Allen Jones, NAOMI CAMPBELL is limited to 1,000 Collector’s Edition copies and two Art Editions of 100 copies each, with signed photographic print by Paolo Roversi or Jean-Paul Goude.
The two-volume edition marks a major record of Naomi’s career to-date, incorporating both a ravishing, SUMO-sized image portfolio and exclusive autobiographical text. Volume 1, the photographic collection, showcases Naomi as styled and shot by such luminaries as 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. Volume 2 offers an unprecedented personal encounter with the supermodel, pairing Naomi’s own anecdotes and memories with family snapshots, personal notes, and photographs of friends and collaborators from her own archives.
Designed exclusively for Naomi’s book, Allen Jones’ 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.”