Vogue 100: A Century of Style
As part of British Vogue’s centenary celebrations, the Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibition has opened at the National Portrait Gallery, to showcase the amazing range of photography that has been commissioned by the magazine over the last 100 years.
Each room in the exhibition, created by set designer Patrick Kinmonth, is dedicated to a different decade, starting in the 2010s and moving back in reverse chronology until you reach 1916. Besides being beautiful fashion shots, the sequence of images tell an important cultural story; from the initial room of familiar iconic shots of Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne and Naomi Campbell, to the transition from digital to film photography, to the more gritty snapshots of Second World War Britain, right through to the more anonymous models and hand-painted covers of the 1920s. The exhibition culminates in a room full of original bound copies of British Vogue, giving you an overview of the last century of the magazine as a physical entity.
Besides showcasing the work of some truly talented photographers, the exhibition, brilliantly curated by Robin Muir, reminds you that British Vogue is not merely just another fashion magazine, but has become a bit of a British Institution; not only playing a pivotal role in fashion photography, but encapsulating the sporting, political, economic and cultural changes over the last century.
For tickets and more information visit the National Portrait Gallery’s website here.