Re-Make, Re-Model

My love of fashion is closely tied with my love of music, as many of you know from hanging out in this space from time to time.

I have been eagerly awaiting the release of the forthcoming Bryan Ferry album – an oasis in a long, arid, desert journey without Mr. Ferry. It’s been over three years since Dylanesque – an album of covers of well, Bob Dylan songs.

What I’ve uncovered today is that none other than the fabulous Kate will be gracing the cover of Ferry’s new album, entitled Olympia.

Kate Moss photographed by Adam Whitehead for Bryan Ferry's latest album.

Glam women have always had a place in glam rock. Mr. Ferry is no stranger to model muses, including his ex-fiancée, Jerry Hall. Supermodels and slightly lesser-thans have graced Roxy album covers since the beginning, wearing big baubles and little else.

Olympia certainly recalls Roxy’s past and for me, it’s specifically from these combined covers…

Roxy Music: Stranded album cover, November 1973.
The Best of Roxy Music, 2001.
Trash single cover, 1979 (from the Manifesto album)

This, then is a return to the classics.

Roxy Music's self-titled debut album, 1972.
Remember when actual albums had inside covers? This is Kate's under-the-covers inside cover.

The album’s title and photo shoot is also based on Manet’s painting of the same name.

Edouard Manet. Olympia. 1863. Oil on canvas. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France.

Given Ferry’s art school roots, it all just comes together like paint by numbers, doesn’t it?

Can’t wait to hear the remaining new songs, out October 25th. You Can Dance, the first single, is pure Bryan.


I, too am starting to come back, after a much-needed creative hiatus. Let’s just say I’ve been inspired again after seeing one of my favourite album covers of all time…

Roxy's For Your Pleasure, 1973.

Kate Moss pics courtesy of Daily Mail UK. Old Roxy cover images courtesy of Wikipedia. Manet image courtesy of ABC Gallery.

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  1. metaphysical_belle
    September 25, 2010

    the last is also one of my favourites and it features miss Amanda Lear

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