We've been trying not to hold our breath for Naomi Campbell and her much-anticipated anthology. Announced in 2014 by fine books publisher Taschen, the release has been pushed back so many times that we've lost count. Now, it finally has a launch date!
The "sumo-sized" edition is slated for an April 7 release, with an intial print run of 1,000 Collector's Edition copies. The anthology will retrace the model's 30-year career with extensive illustrations selected by Naomi herself.
As per previous "sumo size" coffee-table books launched by Taschen, this massive edition will come at price --in this case, about a month's rent for a decent studio in New York. But think of it as an investment. Previous "sumo" books have been known to re-sell way above their original price. For instance, Kate Moss's anthology, Kate Moss by Mario Testino, is now valued at $2,000 (up from a $500 original price tag), and Helmut Newton's collectible king-size book goes fetching in the $15,000 range (a whopping 1000% increase on its initial retail value!)
Naomi's anthology, simply entitled Naomi, The Art of Beauty, will be no exception, so start budgeting. The book is divided in two parts that come in an acrylic case designed by artist Allen Jones, known for his daring fetish-inspired furniture in the 1950s' Pop Art movement.
The first volume is a large 496-page portfolio gathering Naomi's best shots by the likes of Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott (who lensed the nipple-friendly cover,) Richard Avedon, Steven Meisel, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, Mario Testino, Ellen von Unwerth, Bruce Weber, and Peter Lindberg, to only name a few.
Organized chronologically, it shows Naomi's evolution from her 16-year-old modeling debut to her latest shoots. The tome also includes detachable photo-quality prints that you're free to hang on your wall -- much like Allen Jones's cover case.
The second, smaller 368-page book is an autobiographical text illustrated with scrapbook-style snapshots from Naomi's personal trove of childhood pictures, runway looks, magazine covers, designer fittings, and art collaborations, such as her recent starring role in Anhoni's video "Drone Bomb Me."
Naomi Campbell, the Art of Beauty, $1,750. Available April 7. Pre-order your copy at Taschen.com