Vogue 100: A Century of Style
Vogue is something of an institution, representing everything that is glamour and style. The magazine is one that many of us, I included, like to look at even if we would never be able to buy, afford or even want to wear the clothes that are modelled within it. 100 years of British Vogue opens at the National Portrait Gallery by London’s Trafalgar Square tomorrow, 11 February. Over 280 prints from the Conde Nast archives are on display and showcase some of the world’s greatest twentieth century fashion photographers. The photographic prints, mounted to look like full size paintings, include many of the world’s most beautiful or iconic people.
Vogue was born during the chaos of the First World War when transatlantic shipments of American Vogue were made impossible, and the exhibition is a journey through these 100 years showcasing a panoramic view of a century of style.
Rarely seen photographs include those of the Beatles and Jude Law. Other highlights include a set of prints from Kate Moss’s controversial underwear shoot, a series of Second World War photographs by Vogue’s official war correspondent, and vintage prints by the first professional fashion photographer Baron de Meyer. An original copy of Vogue, from every year of its existence, is also on display.
A series of events under the banner of Late Shift, as after hours, is being held throughout the exhibition which includes a series of talks and Friday night films. Weekend workshops, half-term activities, and workshops geared to young people 14 to 21 have also been organised.
The exhibition opens from 10.00 to 18.00. Late opening Thursday and Friday to 21.00. npg.org.uk/vogue100 runs to 22 May 2016 T. 0303 123 7344
Tickets £17.00/Concessions £15.50 (add £2.00 for a donation)
The exhibition moves to Manchester Art Gallery from 24 June to 30 October, 2016.