For almost a decade, French stylist Christopher Niquet has had a curious mission—he collects model signatures, mainly from the beauties that defined the industry and visual landscape of the 1960s. Jean Shrimpton, Peggy Moffitt, Twiggy, and Lauren Hutton are just a few of the talents he’s tracked down over the years. Models from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s—including Naomi Campbell, Jerry Hall, and Claudia Schiffer—are others.
In his new book, Models Matter (out now from Damiani), Niquet pairs his favorite images of these women with the aforementioned signatures, as well as notes from industry members celebrating each individual.
“I started collecting the autographs in 2008 in L.A. because I met Peggy Moffitt, the ’60s model, in a restaurant, and she looked exactly the same,” said Niquet at Bookmarc last night. “I knew she was going to be at the same event as me the next day. So, I met her there, got her autograph, got it framed, brought it home, and then I started building a little family of ’60s models. Pretty fast, it expanded to a bunch of framed signatures.”