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Day photographed Kate Moss for her first Vogue cover in 1993.

Corinne Day (19 February 1962 – 27 August 2010), was a British fashion photographer, documentary photographer,[1] and former fashion model.

Day used Kate Moss as the model in an eight-page fashion story for The Face, in July 1990. The story showcased garments by Romeo Gigli, Joseph Tricot, Ralph Lauren, and a feather head-dress from the now-defunct Covent Garden boutique World.[2] The photographs, which include one depicting Moss topless and another in which it is implied that she was naked, are some of the first published fashion photographs of Moss, who was sixteen at the time (since 2003, following the Sexual Offences Act, designates that those under eighteen are protected and defined as children).[3]

In 1993, Day photographed Moss for the cover of British Vogue—a cover that has become associated with defining the 'waif' look that became pervasive in fashion culture, in the early 1990s.[4]

In 2006, Day had a solo exhibition of her photographs at Gimpel fils gallery in London.[citation needed]

In 2007, Day was commissioned to photograph Kate Moss by the National Portrait Gallery. Discussing the shoot, Day Said, "I suggested to Kate that we have a conversation about a serious subject. The subject she chose to talk about revealed her true feelings and in turn defined her character."[5]

On 7 August 2009, an article on reported that Day had been diagnosed with a life threatening brain tumor.[6]

Moss and others, raised more than £100,000 by selling photographic prints—in a campaign they titled 'Save the Day'—in order that Day receive Insulin Potentiation Therapy Low Dose or IPTLD chemotherapy in Arizona, USA.[7] Day returned to England where, from February 2010 until her death on 27 August 2010 from complications related to the tumor, she was "gravely ill".[8]

Writing in The Daily Telegraph, in late August 2010, Belinda White said, "Corinne opened the door for a whole generation of photographers, designers, models and stylists who suddenly saw that the fashion industry didn’t have to be this exclusive club for the privileged and perfect."[9]


  1. ^ Kate Mikhail, "Corinne Day", The Observer, 22 September 2002.
  2. ^ The Face, July 1990, pp.46–52
  3. ^ One photo by Day, of Moss, had already appeared in the magazine in March 1990 edition; and in May 1990, Moss first appeared on the cover of The Face, photographed by Marc Lebon. See: Laura Collins Kate Moss, London: Pan, 2009, pp.47–53
  4. ^ Caroline Frost "Corinne Day Diary", BBC Four, 28 January 2004
  5. ^ Maev Kennedy Portraying "Kate Moss, a study in conversation", The Guardian, 5 February 2007
  6. ^ Betty "Save the Day",, 7 August 2009
  7. ^ Betty "Save the Day",, 16 December 2009
  8. ^ Unattributed,""Kate Moss's pal still gravely ill after costly operation", Daily Mail, 5 February 2010.
  9. ^ Belinda White "How the late Corinne Day changed my life", Daily Telegraph, 31 August 2010

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