Vogue to Celebrate Centenary with Major Exhibition
Vogue 100: A Century of Style will be largely photographic, but other elements, such as fashion illustrations and a digital room showing recent fashion films commissioned by Vogue, will captivate audiences.
Housing more than 280 prints from the Condé Nast archives, the exhibition will give visitors the opportunity to see many of these for the first time. Vogue 100 will explore Vogue’s pioneering role at the forefront of new fashion, decade by decade – assembled in reverse chronological order.
The exhibition will begin in the present day with the digital room from where visitors will travel back in time, first to the 90s with Herb Ritts and Corinne Day, then the 80s (Bruce Weber and Peter Lindbergh) and then the 70s (Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin). Finally they will reach 1916, a time of vintage masterworks by photographers such as Steichen and Man Ray.
The striking images include Norman Parkinson’s 1956 photograph of Anne Gunning outside the City Palace in Jaipur, India, wearing a pink mohair coat by Jaeger, Claudia Schiffer shot by Herb Ritts in 1989, and the famous 1990 cover featuring the five biggest supermodels of the day: Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Tatjana Patitz and Cindy Crawford, shot by Peter Lindbergh.
Among the highlights of the exhibition will be the images that Lee Miller shot as Vogue’s Second World War correspondent, Horst P. Horst’s 1939 images of a model wearing the Mainbocher corset and Corinne Day’s 1993 images of a waif-like Kate Moss.
“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,” said Vogue editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman.
“The National Portrait Gallery is a wonderful place for this show, which mixes portraiture and contemporaneous artistic style in the same way as much of the Gallery’s own collection. Anybody interested in photography, fashion, fame and magazines will find this an unmissable experience.”
Curated by Robin Muir and sponsored by Leon Max, Vogue 100 will open on February 11 and run until May 22 2016.
By Amy Newson
Images courtesy of British Vogue