PREVIEW: Vogue 100: A Century of Style @National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery will be celebrating a century of fashion, beauty and portrait photography by British Vogue when Vogue 100: A Century of Style arrives in London next year.

Opening on the 11th February, the exhibition will showcase the variety of photography that British Vogue has commissioned since it was founded in 1916. This display of work will include over 280 prints from the Condé Nast archive and international collections being brought together for the first time to tell the story of one of the most influential fashion magazines of all time.

Kate Moss at the Master Shipwright’s House, Deptford by Mario Testino, 2008. Copyright: Mario Testino.
Exploring the magazine decade by decade, the exhibition will examine British Vogue’s strong position at the forefront of fashion, dedicating itself to the best in design and its influence on the UK’s cultural stage.

Vogue 100 will also be a celebration of the work of many of the 20th century’s  leading photographers such as Cecil Beaton, Lee Miller and Irving Penn. But the exhibition will also feature more recent photographs by photographers such as David Bailey, Corinne Day and Marino Testino – showing the magazine’s dedication to commissioning the best high quality photography.

During the display, visitors can also expect to see many of the different faces who have helped to shape the cultural environment in the twentieth century. From artists such as Henri Matisse to Damien Hirst and well known faces such as David Beckham and Lady Diana Spencer.

Some of the highlights of the exhibition include: the entire set of prints from Corinne Day’s controversial Kate Moss underwear shoot, a rare version of Horst’s famous ‘corset’ photograph from 1939 and a series of Second World War photographs by Vogue’s official war correspondent Lee Miller.

Alexandra Shulman, Editor in Chief for British Vogue said: “Vogue 100: A Century of Style is a landmark exhibition in the history of magazine photography.  I am incredibly proud of this collection of exceptional photography and of the whole concept of the exhibition, which shows the breadth and depth of the work commissioned by the magazine as well as Vogue’s involvement in the creation of that work.”

Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery commented: “British Vogue has played a pivotal role in the development of photographic portraiture over the past century, commissioning leading photographers and designers to produce some of the most memorable and influential images in the history of fashion.”

British Vogue was founded in 1916 when the war made it impossible to ship over copies of the American Vogue and and its proprietor, Condé Nast authorised a British edition. The magazine became an immediate success and has continued to put fashion into context with the wider world over the following ten decades.

Vogue 100: A Century of Style will be on display from the 11th February 2016 and will run until the 22nd of May 2016. Tickets are available to buy now. 

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