Vogue 100: A Century of Style

Last week I previewed the new Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. Despite its recent dwindling popularity, ‘Vogue’ is like ‘Chanel’- you may have zero interest in fashion or publication but you know Vogue. It was and still is considered the holy grail for some writers, models, photographers, editors and brands.

It includes photographs of the faces that shaped the twentieth century, like Fred Astaire, Henri Matisse, Lucian Freud, Lady Diana, Damien Hirst, to name a few. Also the exhibition has vintage prints from the first professional fashion photographer, the entire set of prints from that  Corinne Day’s Kate Moss 1993 shoot, and a whole lot of covers I’ve never seen before, sadly, but righty so- under a glass counter. I have a particular fondness for these early covers where they were a lot more stylistic and not under the pressure to sell with another celebrity face.

I’d recommend going- particularly for the rare earlier issues. It’s so cool seeing England’s dramatic shift from decade to decade in terms of style and culture. That first kind of liberation in fashion which seems so normal to us now was literally captured in these Vogue archives.
Vogue 100: A Century of Style is at the National Portrait Gallery, London, from 11th February – 22 May 2016

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