Vogue 100: A Century Of Style

Celebrating 100 years of cutting-edge fashion

Thursday 11th February 2016

A major exhibition celebrating 100 years of cutting-edge fashion, beauty and portrait photography by British Vogue will open at the National Portrait Gallery, London, on February 11 2016.

David Hockney, Peter Schlesinger and Maudie James by Cecil Beaton, 1968 ©The Condé Nast Publications Ltd

Vogue 100: A Century of Style will include work by many of the leading twentieth-century photographers, including Cecil Beaton, Lee Miller, Irving Penn and Snowdon, as well as more recent work by celebrated photographers David Bailey, Corinne Day, Patrick Demarchelier, Nick Knight, Herb Ritts, Mario Testino, Tim Walker and Albert Watson.

The subjects of the photographs also represent some iconic British names and faces from the last 100 years of popular culture. These include David Hockney (see image above) Kate Moss, Damien Hirst, Francis Bacon, David Beckham and Diana Spencer.

Linda Evangelista by Patrick Demarchelier, 1991 ©The Condé Nast Publications Ltd

Other highlights of the exhibition include the entire set of prints from Corinne Day’s controversial Kate Moss shoot, taken in 1993 at the height of the grunge subculture's prevalence; Peter Lindbergh’s famous 1990 cover shot that defined the supermodel era; a series of exceptional Second World War photographs by Vogue’s official war correspondent, Lee Miller; a rare version of Horst’s famous ‘corset’ photograph from 1939, which inspired the video for Madonna’s hit song Vogue; and vintage prints by the first professional fashion photographer, Baron de Meyer.

Limelight Nights by Helmut Newton, 1973 ©The Condé Nast Publications Ltd

British Vogue was founded in 1916, when the First World War made transatlantic shipments of American Vogue impossible and its proprietor, Condé Nast, authorised a British edition. It was an immediate success, and over the following ten decades of uninterrupted publication, the magazine continued to mirror its times and put fashion in the context of the wider world.

The exhibition is curated by Robin Muir who is a Contributing Editor to British Vogue. Older images illustrate both the austerity and optimism that followed the two world wars, the dawning of the ‘Swinging London’ scene in the sixties, the radical seventies and the image-conscious eighties. The more contemporary photographs chart the magazine’s second century, demonstrating its continued currency in photography and design to this day.

Fashion is Indestructible by Cecil Beaton, 1941 ©The Condé Nast Publications Ltd

Vogue 100: A Century of Style has been organised by the National Portrait Gallery in collaboration with British Vogue as part of the magazine’s centenary celebrations. It will run from 11 February - 22 May, 2016.

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