Kate Moss is a modern-day Marie Antoinette as she models couture gowns in the Ritz Paris's Coco Chanel suite
01:58 GMT, 22 March 2012
We usually see her in skinny jeans and hipster fedora. But Kate Moss has been transformed into a renaissance woman for a new shoot.
Photographed for the April issue of U.S. Vogue, the 38
year-old supermodel posed as a modern-day Marie Antoinette in the Coco Chanel suite at the Ritz Paris hotel.
The pictures were taken by photographer Tim Walker just before
the hotel closed its doors to undergo a
Modern-day Marie Antoinette: Kate Moss is transformed into a renaissance woman for a new Vogue spread at the Ritz Paris, shot just before the hotel closed for a two-year refurbishment
The mother to nine-year-old Lila Grace, models pieces from the recent
haute couture collections of Christian Dior, Alexis Mabille, Alexander
McQueen, Chanel, Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci, Balenciaga, Armani Prive and Giambattista
In a particularly striking image, Ms Moss sports
playful pouf of cornflower blue head wear to accompany a blue Sarah
Burton for Alexander McQueen gown. The sky-high accessory resembles
something once seen perched
upon the Queen of France's delicate head.
Elsewhere in the editorial spread, the supermodel is captured amid a sea of Chanel garment boxes slumped in a
seat. Naturally, she wears a Chanel organza flower coat and pumps to
All shopped out: The supermodel, dressed in a Chanel organza coat and strappy pumps, poses in the Coco Chanel suite amid a generous stack of boxes from the French fashion house
Ms Moss also looks enchanting inside the
opulent Coco Chanel suite bathroom. Despite sorbet pink looking somewhat
foreign on the grungy fashion icon, foaming bath bubbles surround her to
create an ultra girly image.
The famous suite plays the perfect
setting to Ms Moss’ dramatic costume wear. The shoot took place ahead of what is to be the hotel's most extensive renovation since its
foundation in the late 1800s.
The supermodel told Vogue she is a
fan of the Ritz Paris herself. The restaurant, L’Espadon, is a particularly
treasured spot; she employed the head bartender to mix cocktails
at her wedding to musician Jamie Hince last year.
Champagne dream: Inside the bathroom of the hotel's Coco Chanel suite, Ms Moss can be seen wearing a flirty Balenciaga cocktail dress and Miu Miu boots
She added that she would also visit the hotel with ex-boyfriend, Johnny Depp.
'He always stayed there,' she said. 'I
had an apartment in Paris at the time, but he said, “No, we’re staying
at the Ritz,” so he came by and swept me up to the Ritz — he didn’t want
to slum it in my apartment.'
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Chefs, a bell boy and two housekeepers from the hotel have also been captured alongside the model.
The housekeeping can be seen in one frame fussing with the swollen hem of a multi-textured tartan gown by Dior.
While Ms Moss is no doubt the star of the show, the photographer's homage to the world-famous building is obvious.
The Vogue spread depicts Ms Moss in one of her most elegant editorials of the year so far. She was dressed as a nun and a devil earlier in the year for W magazine.
She was also spotted in the recent campaign for New York street wear label, Supreme, holding what appears to be a lit cigarette.
While the Supreme campaign didn't appear in a magazine, the images were plastered across the streets of New York's downtown neighbourhoods in February.
The Vogue shoot also shows a calmer scene at the
Ritz Paris than seen earlier this month.
The hotel made headlines when a
large fire broke out in the underground car park. More than 15 luxury cars had
been destroyed while dozens of people were evacuated.
The full spread appears in the April issue of U.S. Vogue, on newsstands nationwide now, and online at Vogue.com