Gypsy Weddings and Great Gatsby inspire Kate Moss
Vogue’s breathless account lifts the lid on the supermodel’s wedding to Jamie Hince
Kate Moss has lifted the lid on her nuptials with Jamie Hince earlier this year, and revealed that the wedding was inspired by F Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby, and the Channel 4 documentary series Big Fat Gypsy Weddings.
In a breathless account of the big day in Vogue, the 37-year-old supermodel revealed her twin ambitions for the event, which took place in the Cotswolds village of Southrop in early July. On the one hand she said: "I wanted it to be kind of dreamy and 1920s, when everything is soft-focus." That was the Great Gatsby part.
She went on to explain her other idea. "I am so romantic about gypsies," she said. "They're not allowed to do anything until they get married. So they all get married really young, at 16. You can't believe the dresses. They're like blinging butterflies times ten; they can't move down the aisle! It's so genius."
In fact Moss claimed that she agreed to marry Hince, who had been asking her for years, while they were watching Big Fat Gypsy Weddings on TV one evening.
Vogue's quivering account of the ceremony and reception last month is livened up no end by the contributions of Moss's dress designer John Galliano, who was sacked as creative director of Christian Dior earlier this year after he was filmed insulting a woman in an anti-Semitic rant in a Paris cafe. Galliano described the process of creating Moss's wedding gown as "creative rehab".
"She dared me to be John Galliano again," he sighed.
Galliano was also on hand to offer a final word of encouragement to Kate before she walked down the aisle. "I told her, 'You have a secret - you are the last of the English roses - and when he lifts your veil he's going to see your wanton past!'"
The author of the piece, Hamish Bowles, then gives a blow-by-blow account of the opulent reception, his article quoting the great and the good. "[It's like Moss] just walked through some fairy garden," Bella Freud tells him - as he name-drops furiously - "Tracey Emin is out cold on a Chesterfield in a flurry of Westwood roses and Moll Flanders cleavage".
He signs off on a whimsical note. "I can still feel the love," he says. ·
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