Naomi Campbell: 'There won't be another Gianni Versace or Vivienne Westwood'

Naomi Campell doesn't think fashion will see the likes of Gianni Versace or Vivienne Westwood again because the industry has changed so much.



Naomi Campbell thinks fashion has changed
Naomi Campbell thinks fashion has changed

Naomi Campell doesn't think fashion will see the likes of Gianni Versace or Vivienne Westwood again.

The 54-year-old supermodel is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at London's V+A museum and she was keen to use the retrospective to shine a light on all the "creatives" she has worked with over the years because she thinks the industry has changed a lot since the early days of her catwalk career.

She told the Evening Standard newspaper: "I also wanted to share with people the workmanship of all the designers I worked with over the years, and all those creatives I got to work with, some of whom are still with us and some are gone.

"You’re not going to have another Gianni Versace, another Vivienne Westwood, Azzedine Aliaia or Alexander McQueen. They were gems. These people were perfectionists. It’s a different time now.”

Naomi feels "honoured and blessed" to be the subject of the show but she admitted she felt a "lot of pressure" in telling her story in the right way.

She said: “I feel honoured and blessed. It’s been a lot of pressure, going through images I haven’t seen for 25 years. It brought back a lot of emotions, a lot of memories.

"A lot of stories come up, so there’s a lot of nostalgia.

" It’s the story of a woman trying to get her story across. I’m proud but I’m more interested in my kids knowing that this is their legacy too, as well as this being the legacy of my work. It’s about family too."

Although Naomi was the first black woman to cover Vogue France and the first on the cover of US Vogue's September issue, she admitted at the time it didn't "register" how many boundaries she was breaking in her career, with things being particularly tough because the coveted slots weren't always "confirmed".

She said: “When you’re actually trying to break those barriers, you don’t really understand what’s happening. You don’t know what you’re doing, you’re just doing it. You don’t have time, and it didn’t register. I was just taking any opportunity.

"Never forget that when I was being offered all these covers, they were never guaranteed. They were always cover tries, so they could have easily not happened.

"Throughout the 1990s I was always doing cover tries, never guaranteed covers. That’s what it was like back then for a black woman. Nothing was ever confirmed. You were always waiting – did I get it, did I not?"