Vogue at 100: A Century of Style at The National Portrait Gallery

by Katie on February 7, 2016


Stealing London Fashion Week’s thunder, the most stylish fashion event of Februray occurs this week (pre London Fashion Week AW16) when The National Portrait Gallery marks British Vogue’s centenary with the launch of a major photographic retrospective.

The spotlight shines on the most illustrious and directional magazine in the world, British Vogue and its legions of past and present creatives and editors (such as Liz Tilberis, Lucinda Chambers, Marcus von Ackermann, Charlotte Pilcher). Synonymous with directing and influencing globally, British Vogue’s unfaltering position at the forefront of fashion will be highlighted by its iconic imagery.  Vogue’s unerring dedication to the world’s best photographers, models and stylists who translate fashion into an art form, while also directing its mood forward. The exhibition focuses on this.


“Fashion and portrait photography are Vogue’s lifeblood,” says Robin Muir, curator of Vogue 100: A Century of Style.

The exhibition, which opens 11 February 2016, displays over 280 prints from the Condé Nast archives and beyond. “We wanted to go right back in time and find the original prints,” said Muir.

Vogue’s current editor in chief, Alexandra Shulman says, “The images exhibited demonstrate the work of the best creative skills of each generation.” In reverse chronological order; visitors will be taken back in time, decade by decade, on a journey not only to celebrate Vogue’s greatest moments past and present, but to explore how portraiture has always played a role in our cultural history and continues to do so.


Photography from industry classicists like Cecil Beaton, Lee Miller and Horst P. Horst, to the contemporary greats David Bailey, Mario Testino and Tim Walker, the exhibition will also include many faces from art, fashion and culture over the century, with highlights including the entire 1993 controversial ‘anti-glamour’ Kate Moss photo shoot by Corinne Day.

To honour their synonymous link with fashion, luxury hotel Claridge’s, the favourite fashion world ‘go-to’ spot for events and/or relaxation has created the most perfect fashion indulgent experience.

A one night stay at Mayfair’s Art Deco pantheon will include two tickets to Vogue 100 : A Century of Style, two manicures at the Claridge’s Health Club & Spa, champagne upon arrival to the hotel and a breakfast for two, as well as a signed copy of the Vogue 100 exhibition catalogue signed by the curator and British Vogue’s Contributing Editor Robin Muir, allowing guests to take home a collection of the world’s most glamorous images from the past one hundred years. And a memory of lifetime.

Vogue 100: A Century of Style at the National Portrait Gallery will open on 11 February and run until 22 May 2016. Sponsored by www.maxstudio.com

All images © the artist, courtesy National Portrait Gallery

Vogue 100 with Claridge’s is priced from £650 (including VAT) for a one night stay for two guests. For further information please visit the ‘Vogue 100 with Claridge’s page via the hotel’s website.

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