In the 1990s, photographer Corinne Day strove to offer an alternative to the gloss and excess of the fashion of the previous decade. Day took natural, black and white photographs, including the now-iconic image of a young Kate Moss wearing an Indian headdress on a cold Camber Sands beach - the image that launched Moss’s career.
Day began her work in the fashion industry by modelling herself, but at 5ft 6in, she was considered too short for the catwalk and ended up concentrating on catalogue work. Whilst working abroad in Japan Day met Mark Szaszy, her partner of 25 years. She taught herself how to use Szaszy’s camera in her spare time and, when the couple later settled in Milan, began photographing other models. Day shot her subjects sitting in their pyjamas, with no make-up on or with bags under their eyes. She said that she felt that such images ‘had life’ and that they weren’t ‘bland, or fake or covered in makeup.’