PREPARE TO SEE a rare collection of over 280 prints, fresh from the Condé Nast archives, specially commissioned by British Vogue since its founding year in 1916. Also, discover a scattered international selection displayed together for the first time and experience an untold narrative, one which can only be gleaned through seeing the portfolio in its serialised entirety.
It’s hard to believe that the style bible Vogue has existed for 100 years, and yet, nevertheless, they’re currently enjoying their centenary celebration. As you’ve no doubt already anticipated there’s a certain amount of nostalgia involved, especially when you look back at the magazine’s launch under the oppressive smog of World War One, when American copies were left stranded, unable on the other side of the Atlantic. Indeed you’ll be able to find a few old original magazines, as well as various vintage prints and enough Condé Nast archival material to keep even the aficionado busy. From what we’ve heard so far this exhibition is shaping up to be a chic fiesta and, of course, you’ll be able to wax lyrical about the rare photographs you find, taken by some of this century’s most iridescent photographers, from the elegant portrayer of American fashion and fine art, Elizabeth ‘Lee’ Miller, to the edgy London-born lensman, David Bailey.
This exhibition is called Vogue 100: A Century of Style and was arranged by London’s National Portrait Gallery in collaboration with British Vogue Magazine. Visit the National Portrait Gallery website to book your tickets now. This is your chance to gain a private insight into the world’s most influential fashion magazine.