Naomi Campbell is back in the spotlight following the promotional tour of her new career retrospective coffee table book, “Naomi.”
The international supermodel has joined forces with the publisher Taschen on a signed, limited edition collector’s item that charts the meteoric success of her 30-year career at the top of the fashion food chain. She has described it as “the culmination of my life’s work.”
“This Collector’s Edition 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. It took quite a few years to put 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…The result is a dream come true,” Naomi told Pursuitist.
The two-volume work, which will be released on May 1, incorporates a photographic portfolio and an autobiographical text. Volume 1 showcases the star as styled and shot by famous photographers including Patrick Demarchelier, Jean-Paul Goude, Peter Lindbergh, Steven Meisel, Helmut Newton, Mario Testino, Ellen von Unwerth, and Bruce Weber. Volume 2 pairs the model’s own anecdotes with family snapshots, personal notes, and photographs of friends and collaborators from her own archives. The book’s casing features contoured artwork by Pop Art legend Allen Jones.
Attending a launch for the book at Burberry’s London cafe Thomas’s this week, Campbell, who has a long history of working with the British heritage brand, said: “To be able to celebrate with my family and friends like Christopher Bailey and Benedikt Taschen, and so many people from my industry that have surrounded me for over 30 years was a great honor.”
Only 1,000 copies of the book, which can be pre-ordered from taschen.com for $1,750 until May 1, when it will retail for $2,500, have been printed, and according to the publisher they are selling fast. Taschen is also releasing 200 art edition copies, currently available for pre-order for $3,500 until May 1, when the price will rise to $5,000.