British Vogue celebrates its 100 years in fashion with an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London, titled “Vogue 100: A Century of Style”. The exhibition features more than 280 photographs from the Condé Nast archives that cast light on Vogue’s influence on art, design and fashion. Works by Cecil Beaton, Lee Miller, Irving Penn, David Bailey, Albert Watson, Corinne Day, Patrick Demarchelier, Nick Knight , Herb Ritts, Mario Testino and Tim Walker, among others, are juxtaposed with images from iconic celebrities like Marlene Dietrich, Fred Astaire, Gwyneth Paltrow and David Beckham, as well as portraits of designers such as Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent, offering visitors the chance to delve into the history of one of the most acclaimed fashion magazines in the world.
“Vogue 100: A Century of Style” also features a special section dedicated to fashion illustrations, as well as a projection room showing Vogue’s latest fashion film commissions. An impressive vitrine, placed on the ground floor of the gallery, displays Vogue’s 100 covers, from its very beginnings back in 1916, when it started as a branch-off of American Vogue due to the restrictions on overseas shipping during First World War, until now. The exhibition is curated by Robin Muir, longtime collaborator of British Vogue, who gathered some of the magazine’s most celebrated images, among them the notorious portraits of Kate Moss by Corinne Day that initiated the “heroin chic” debate, or Steven Meisel’s “London Girls” editorial from 1993 that marked Stella Tennant’s debut in fashion and brought Alexander McQueen’s work to the spotlight.
“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. Anybody interested in photography, fashion, fame and magazines will find this an unmissable experience,” said Vogue editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman. “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,” added Dr Nicholas Cullinan, director of the gallery. “Vogue 100: A Century of Style” will run from February 11, 2015, to May 22, 2016, at the National Portrait Gallery, St. Martin’s Pl, WC2H 0HE, London.