Yesterday I treated myself to a day ‘in town’ and went to the Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. A culmination of five years of research (and a total of 1,800 copies of Vogue) by curator and former Vogue picture director, Robin Muir, it truly is a labour of love.
Taking over the whole ground floor, each room promises familiar faces along with exquisite prints I had never seen before. Vogue Editor in Chief, Alexandra Shulman, along with Robin Muir, had not wanted rows of black framed photographs, and as a result Vogue 100 is a real feast for the eyes. I’m not going to give too much away, because you really must go and see it.
Including the first ever issue of Vogue in September 1916, the exhibition houses original prints where possible from all the greatest photographers including Cecil Beaton, Man Ray, Irving Penn, Horst, Bruce Weber, Herb Ritts, Corinne Day (and that famous Kate Moss shoot), Nick Knight, Mario Testino and Tim Walker.
However beautiful a print is on a magazine page, something is always lost, so to see these photographs in their original form – vibrant and sharp, with such attention to detail – was incredible.
Please do go, it’s worth every penny. And I may bump into your there because I’ll be going back.
Vogue 100: A Century in Style is open until 22 May 2016 and you can book here.