Five reasons to see Vogue 100: A Century of Style at the National Portrait Gallery

Calling all fashionistas! Celebrate 100 years of British Vogue photography at a landmark exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, just a five-minute walk from our hotel. Running from 11 February until 22 May, Vogue 100: A Century of Style will show more than 280 prints from the Condé Nast archive, telling the story of the world’s most famous fashion magazine.

Images are displayed in reverse chronological order going back to British Vogue’s beginnings in 1916, when the First World War made transatlantic shipments of American Vogue impossible and its publisher Condé Nast authorised a UK edition. An immediate success, the magazine reflected the times: the Swinging sixties, the radical seventies and the image-conscious eighties. Today, the fashion bible remains at the forefront of photography and design. Promising to be a big hitter, here are five reasons why you should hotfoot it to this blockbuster exhibition:

  1. See works by leading photographers

Be wowed by images by celebrated photographers , including Lee Miller, Snowdon, David Bailey, Corinne Day, Mario Testino and Tim Walker, showing British Vogue’s dedication to commissioning world-class photography, as well as its role in nurturing emerging talent. Expect to see some of the most influential images in the history of fashion.

  1. Go celebrity spotting

Supermodels, royals and actors play a starring role in this exhibition, which features everyone from artists Francis Bacon and Damien Hirst to actresses Marlene Dietrich and Gwyneth Paltrow. An image of British comedy duo Morecambe and Wise has even been pulled from the Vogue archive. Stand-out cover images include Peter Lindbergh’s 1990 picture of the five top supermodels of the time: Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista and Tatjana Patitz. Also on display will be photos of looks-defining fashion designers, such as McQueen, Dior and Saint Laurent.

  1. Ogle the grunge-era Kate Moss underwear shoot

See the entire set of prints from Corinne Day’s controversial Kate Moss underwear shoot, captured in 1993 as the height of the grunge trend, launching the model’s career and the notion of “heroin chic”. Other highlights include a rare version of Horst’s famous corset photograph from 1939, which inspired the video for Madonna’s hit song Vogue.

  1. See Second World War photographs

Don’t miss images of the Second World War, snapped by Vogue’s official war correspondent, Lee Miller, who photographed medics at work in Normandy after D-Day, the Dechau death camp and Hitler’s lair in Berchtesgaden.

  1. Go retro

Admire exquisite vintage prints from the early twentieth century by the first professional fashion photographer, Baron de Meyer.


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