Monday, 7 September 2015

British Vogue celebrates 100 years with major London exhibition

British Vogue magazine has today announced that it will mark its 100th anniversary with a major exhibition of fashion, beauty and portrait photography at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Linda Evangelista by Patrick Demarchelier, 1991

Opening to the public on 11 February 2016, Vogue 100: A Century of Style will bring together for the first time over 280 prints from the Condé Nast archive to tell the story of one of the most influential fashion magazines in the world. The exhibition will feature work by leading photographers of the last century, including Cecil Beaton, Baron de Meyer, Lee Miller, Irving Penn, Lord Snowdon, David Bailey, Corinne Day, Patrick Demarchelier, Nick Knight, Herb Ritts, Mario Testino, Tim Walker and Albert Watson.

Founded in 1916, when the First World War made transatlantic shipments of American Vogue impossible, British Vogue became a publishing success. For ten decades of uninterrupted publication, the magazine continuously mirrored its times and put fashion in the context of the wider world, depicting the austerity and optimism that followed the two world wars, the ‘Swinging London’ scene in the 1960s, the socially radical 1970s, and the image-conscious 1980s.

Kate Moss at the Master Shipwright's House, Deptford by Mario Testino, 2008

David Hockney, Peter Schlesinger and Maudie James by Cecil Beaton, 1968

The exhibition will be designed by theatre and opera set designer Patrick Kinmonth, and is curated by Robin Muir, a contributing editor to British Vogue who has also written the texts for the exhibition’s accompanying hardback and paperback books. After closing in London on 22 May, Vogue 100: A Century of Style will go on display at the Manchester Art Gallery from 24 June to 30 October 2016.

All images courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery