Vogue 100: A Century of Style, a major exhibition which celebrated 100 years of cutting-edge fashion, beauty and portrait photography by British Vogue.
Manchester Art Gallery
Friday 24 June 2016–Sunday 30 October 2016
Direct from the National Portrait Gallery, London, Vogue 100: A Century of Style showcased the remarkable range of photography that has been commissioned by British Vogue since it was founded in 1916. The show brought together for the first time, over 280 prints from the Condé Nast archive and international collections to tell the story of one of the most influential fashion magazines in the world.
Featuring iconic images of many of the faces that have shaped the cultural landscape of the twentieth century, from Henri Matisse to Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Damien Hirst; Marlene Dietrich to Gwyneth Paltrow; Lady Diana Cooper to Lady Diana Spencer; and Fred Astaire to David Beckham. Also featured in the exhibition are the fashion designers that defined the looks of the century, including Dior, Saint Laurent and McQueen.
Vintage prints from the early twentieth century, ground-breaking photographs from renowned fashion shoots, unpublished work and original magazines were also exhibited. Images by leading twentieth-century photographers, including Cecil Beaton, Lee Miller, Irving Penn and Snowdon were featured alongside more recent work by David Bailey, Corinne Day, Patrick Demarchelier, Nick Knight, Herb Ritts and Mario Testino.
Exhibition Curated by Robin Muir
Vogue 100: A Century of Style has been organised by the National Portrait Gallery in collaboration with British Vogue as part of the magazine’s centenary celebrations.
What visitors have said
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Decade by decade, the exhibition explores British Vogue’s unfaltering position at the forefront of new fashion, its dedication to the best in design, and its influence on the UK’s wider cultural stage during some of the most inventive and exciting periods in style, taste, the arts and society. Exquisite vintage prints from the early twentieth century, ground-breaking photographs from renowned fashion shoots, unpublished work and original magazines are brought together in this first retrospective survey of the celebrated magazine.
Vogue 100: A Century of Style includes work by many of the leading twentieth-century photographers, including Cecil Beaton, Lee Miller, Irving Penn and Snowdon. More recent work by celebrated photographers David Bailey, Corinne Day, Patrick Demarchelier, Nick Knight, Herb Ritts, Mario Testino, Tim Walker and Albert Watson are also included, reinforcing British Vogue’s keen editorial eye and dedication to commissioning world-class photography, as well as its role in nurturing new talent.
Highlights of the exhibition include the entire set of prints from Corinne Day’s controversial Kate Moss underwear shoot, taken in 1993 at the pinnacle of the ‘grunge’ trend; Peter Lindbergh’s famous 1990 cover shot that defined the supermodel era; a series of exceptional Second World War photographs by Vogue’s official war correspondent, Lee Miller; a rare version of Horst’s famous ‘corset’ photograph from 1939, which inspired the video for Madonna’s hit song Vogue; and vintage prints by the first professional fashion photographer, Baron de Meyer
Alexandra Shulman, Editor in Chief of British Vogue, says:
Vogue 100: A Century of Style is a landmark exhibition in the history of magazine photography. 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. Anybody interested in photography, fashion, fame and magazines will find this an unmissable experience.
British Vogue was founded in 1916, when the First World War made transatlantic shipments of American Vogue impossible and its proprietor, Condé Nast, authorised a British edition. It was an immediate success, and over the following ten decades of uninterrupted publication, the magazine continued to mirror its times and put fashion in the context of the wider world – the austerity and optimism that followed the two world wars, the ‘Swinging London’ scene in the sixties, the radical seventies and the image-conscious eighties. In the magazine’s second century, it remains at the cutting edge of photography and design.
Family Summer workshops
Tuesday – Friday 1 – 25 August, 1-4pm
Free, drop in, accessible for all and autism friendly
This summer, #MAGfamilies are styling up for a season of creative, fashion-focused workshops. Open up the pages of our interactive MAGazine, inspired by Vogue 100 and design model and imagine your way to setting your own trend!
Fashion & The City Tour
With Emma Fox and Kate Dibble
Sunday 28 and Monday 29 August, 10.30–1.30pm
A walking tour exploring how fashion is woven into Manchester’s social and political history relating to women’s liberation, sport, design, nightlife and creativity.
For full details and to book your place with a Fashion on the Ration ticket discount voucher visit EventBrite.
The 1950’s and 60’s in Vogue
With Mat Bancroft, Manchester Art Gallery
Friday 9 September, 12.30–1.15pm
Take a tour of the 50’s and 60’s works and hear how a new found optimism and freedom in society was matched by the design, fashion and photography in those decades and how that set the template for modern British Vogue.
Free, drop-in event
‘Dark Victory’ 1939-45: When Vogue Came of Age
With Robin Muir, Curator of Vogue 100 A Century of Style
Thursday 15 September, 6–7.30 pm
The war years were the making of British Vogue. At Britain’s darkest hour the quality of its war coverage, both at home and abroad, set it apart from other publications. Robin Muir will assess the impact of the war on the magazine.
The event is free, but booking is essential. Book your place on EventBrite.
With Mat Bancroft, Manchester Art Gallery
Thursday 6 October, 6.15–7pm
The photographers of the 1960’s didn’t just capture the exhilaration felt around them, they created a visual revolution. Learn more about the direct, dynamic approach of photographers such as David Bailey and Terence Donovan, whose work encapsulated the vibrancy and style of the 60s.
Free, drop-in event
An audio guide to accompany the exhibition is available here.
Large print guide
All of the panel and work label texts are available to download in a large print format here.
David Hockney, Peter Schlesinger and Maudie James (detail) by Cecil Beaton, 1968. ©The Condé Nast Publications Ltd
Bare Facts about Fashion by George Hoyningen-Huene, 1929. Condé Nast Archive New York © Condé Nast Inc.
Marlene Dietrich in London by Cecil Beaton, 1936. Condé Nast Archive London © The Condé Nast
The Second Age of Beauty is Glamour by Cecil Beaton, 1946. Condé Nast Archive London © The Condé Nast Publications Ltd
The Varnished Truth: Jean Patchett by Clifford Coffin, 1951. Condé Nast Archive New York © Condé Nast Inc
The Beatles by Peter Laurie, 1964. Condé Nast Archive London © The Condé Nast Publications Ltd
Limelight Nights by Helmut Newton, 1973. Condé Nast Archive London © The Condé Nast
Naomi Campbell by Patrick Demarchelier, 1987. Condé Nast Archive, London © The Condé Nast Publications Ltd
Linda Evangelista at the International Collections by Patrick Demarchelier, 1991. Condé Nast Archive, London © The Condé Nast Publications Ltd