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Glastonbury Festival fashion history: Remember when Kate Moss wore rain boots?

January 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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SOMERSET, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 23: Super model Kate Moss seen at the first day of the Glastonbury Music Festival 2005 at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 23, 2005 in Somerset, England. The festival runs until June 26. (Photo by MJ Kim/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kate Moss

Let's look back at how Kate Moss broke fashion's proverbial fourth wall when she wore rain boots at Glastonbury and joined the mortals in their muddy squalor.

Remember when Kate Moss wore wellies (that's rain boots for those outside the UK) to Glastonbury?

Following Thursday's announcement that the historic festival will be canceled for the second consecutive year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we look back at one of its most memorable fashion moments with a certain sadness.

Until, that is, her choice of practical footwear transformed festival fashion and helped save a heritage boot maker from the brink of obsolescence.

Media interest in her festival whereabouts was amplified by a fixation with her then-nascent dalliance with Pete Doherty.

But while The Libertines' frontman certainly looked more at home in the conditions, it was Moss who grabbed the limelight.

Matching a pair of classic black Hunter rain boots with a waistcoat, short shorts and studded belt (and later a glittering tunic), the model was a picture of understated glamor.

This once-practical boot had morphed into bourgeois badge of honor indicating that the wearer was prepared to "rough it" and still look fabulous (the drug-afflicted rockstar boyfriend remained an optional part of the look).

But an even more profound transformation was also taking place -- that of the then-struggling Hunter Boot Limited.

While one shouldn't overstate the power of the Moss effect (her endorsement couldn't save the boot maker from entering administration in 2006), it helped set in motion a remarkable turnaround in the company's fortunes.

It has since become a bona fide festival fixture, producing rainwear, outerwear and boots in all manner of colors and styles.

Once prized for keeping gangrene at bay in the trenches, Hunter has completed the ultimate 21st-century transformation to become the rainy-day boot de jour for celebrities from Rita Ora to Rihanna, Cara Delevingne to Alexa Chung.

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