The Luxiere Team Visit Vogue 100: A Century of Style 23rd May 2016 – Posted in: Blog – Tags: , ,

The team at Luxiere visited the remarkable Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery on Saturday for its final weekend – and it was without doubt amazing!

The exhibition was structured in reverse chronology, starting with the magazine in 2016 working its way back through the decades to the very first issue in 1916. We were particularly excited about viewing the 1960s and 1920s collection of prints and we certainly weren’t disappointed.

With over 280 prints from the Conde Nast archive we viewed photographs and magazine covers of a number of Britain’s icons, from Kate Moss in the 90s and Princess Diana in the 80s to Yves Saint Lauren in the 50s and Queen Elizabeth II in the 30s.

There were so many incredible portraits, too many to mention and some that we feel very fortunate to have seen. Celebrating 100 years of the magazine, there was undoubtedly going to be portraits of every British icon imaginable, including Margaret Thatcher, Charlie Chaplin, the Beatles, David Bowie, Prince Charles, Morecambe & Wise, the list could go on and on. Images of celebrities, models, political leaders, sports people, fashion designers and members of the Royal family all telling a story of a century of fashion history – incredible!

We also really enjoyed browsing the photographs of Jean Shrimpton by David Bailey, particularly after watching We’ll Take Manhattan a few months back, which tells the story of the model and photographer on their assignment in New York for Vogue in 1962.

And of course there was the two portraits of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge from her first ever official magazine shoot for the magazine’s centenary issue.

However, one of the most incredible things we saw were the 100 original magazines, one from every year since 1916 in pristine condition. To see how the magazine started and has transformed over the years was very special, particularly how it represented fashion throughout history, especially during WWII. The British Vogue archives must be an absolute treasure trove for anyone with an interest in fashion.

If you missed the exhibition whilst it was in London, don’t worry the exhibition tours to Manchester Art Gallery from 24 June.