Vogue 100: A Century of Style

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Born in 1916, British Vogue has chronicled the pop-culture, fashion and arts landscape of Britain through its pioneering photography for 100 years. To celebrate the renowned magazine’s momentous anniversary, London’s National Portrait Gallery is hosting Vogue 100: A Century of Style – which will run until 22 May 2016.

This week, Khoollect paid a visit to the exhibition, in the lead-up to London Fashion Week.

What’s it all about?

Featuring imagery from British Vogue spanning from its first issue to present day, Vogue 100: A Century of Style pays homage to the publication’s greatest shots by a host of lauded photographers. Having released more than 1500 issues, the magazine offers a glamorous glimpse into Britain’s past.

From Dame Vivienne Westwood surrounded by roses, to the Prince of Wales feeding chickens, and fashion icon Twiggy smiling gleefully on a bike, visitors will recognise many figures as they meander through the gallery. The well-documented face of Kate Moss appears throughout the collection – alongside familiar actors, designers, comedians, writers, directors and artists from the past century.

The exhibition is categorised by era – each with its own distinct characteristics. Within the 2000s gallery, you’ll glimpse the likes of Cara Delevingne – and, in the 1990s collection, you’ll spot a flame-haired Linda Evangelista beside the best-known super models of the day. The drama of the 1980s is caught on film with Naomi Campbell shining in gold – and, in the 1970s exhibit, you’ll see a young David Bowie.

The London-centric sixties featuring The Beatles and Jean Shrimpton contrasts boldly against the pastel-hued charm of the 1950s – and, in the 1940s display, the elegant fashions of the era are portrayed amid wartime scenes. Beyond the mid-century rooms, illustrated British Vogue covers from the 1920s and 1930s epitomise the art-deco style of the time.

Visitors can glance upon 280 prints from the Condé Nast archive, including iconic and unpublished photographs.

Feeling inspired by Vogue 100: A Century of Style to begin your own photography project? Discover Jim Rosemberg’s helpful tips for aspiring photographers.

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Vogue 100: A Century of Style runs until 22 May 2016 at London’s National Portrait Gallery.

Tickets can be booked or purchased in-person at the gallery.

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