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Portraits of supermodel Kate Moss by major contemporary artists from Sam Taylor-Wood to Chuck Close are to go on sale in an auction celebrating the fashion model’s influence as a “great modern muse”.

Donatella's heroes: The faces of Versace

Her brother famously created the supermodel phenomenon – and the label that bears his name remains a byword for sex, style and glamour. As Donatella Versace unveils her latest celebrity muse, Susannah Frankel hears how she finds the faces that fit

It's show time: Meet the ambitious young 'galleristas' behind Britain's art boom

The art world is awash with new money. And, suddenly, everyone wants to run a gallery. But which of these young impresarios will be left hanging if the market goes to the wall?

As bold as Bourdin

Guy Bourdin’s photos remain as arresting and influential as they were in his heyday. Now a selection of his finest are up for sale. Susie Rushton reports

The last word on the street

In a red hot year for fashion, which shops have given us what we want? JAMES SHERWOOD presents the Style Police High Street Awards

Fashion: Stars expose themselves

WE MAY surround ourselves with stylish coffee-table books and fashion glossies, but rarely, if ever, do we get a chance to buy those iconic images and hang them proudly on our walls? Fancy a David Bailey? How about a Mario Testino? Or a Steven Meisel anyone?

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Books: Dedicated follower of fashion

Dress historian Aileen Ribeiro has set Jean- Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780-1867) up as the Mario Testino or the David Bailey of his day. Ingres's famous portraits - currently displayed at the National Gallery in London - show dark-eyed, solemn-faced women in opulent surroundings. They recline on brightly coloured satin sofas, their plump white arms resting on cushions; or stand next to draped tables, framed by dark, heavily patterned wallpaper. But what stands out is the clothes. Ingres meticulously recreates every detail of every crease, fold, tuck, bow, collar, bead and embroidery of these women's outfits. Looked at in this way, his work can be seen as documenting the subtly shifting fashions of the 19th century. Madame Marcotte de Sainte-Marie, seen above in a sketch for her finished portrait, wears a brown silk pelisse dress typical of the 1820s. The book includes colour plates alongside Ribeiro's essays on how the identities of Ingres's women are defined and moulded by what they wear.

Fashion: Off the peg - It's true. Beautiful people do have an easier life, says Melanie Rickey

Can you imagine signing up for a six-month contract that pays you enough to buy a house but involves only five days' "work" lounging around in front of a camera, followed by five months 26 days of ... lounging around. That's exactly how 24-year-old Swede Robert Konjic (right) has spent his time since November when he was picked as the new "face" of Gucci menswear.

Shawl or nothing; n THE STYLE POLICE n

The fashion mafia are in ecstasies over pashmina. It's a lot of fuss for a woolly scarf, says James Sherwood

Media: Naked, but nice, from the Netherlands

How can you have a fashion shoot with no clothes? Dutch did, and it works a treat.

Stop all this breast-beating and get dressed for success

Women are not slaves. We dress up and make-up when we want to and because we want to

Close-up on dirty old men

September was also the month for photographers. First there was David Bailey with his Channel 4 programme Models Close-up, then came Mario Testino's coffee-table tome, Any Objections?, and finally, smouldering snapper Sante D'Orazio brought out his own retrospective, A Private View. All three confirmed the fact that photographers are horny little devils.

In the flesh

The man whose high-glamour fashion photographs grace the best glossies, who captured Diana looking happy at last for Vanity Fair, has a dark secret, and it's about to be published. Harriet Quick talks to Mario Testino
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