The world’s most influential fashion bible is gearing up to celebrate a milestone as British Vogue turns 100 in 2016. To mark the magazine’s centenary celebrations, a photograph exhibition is being designed by the National Portrait Gallery, London in collaboration with British Vogue.Celebrating glamour and fashion, Vogue 100: A Century of Style will showcase the remarkable range of photography that has been commissioned by British Vogue since it was founded in 1916. For the first time over 280 prints from the Condé Nast archive and international collections will be shown together to tell the story of one of the most influential fashion magazines in the world. Curated by Robin Muir, contributing editor to British Vogue, the collection at the exhibition celebrates the deep relation between fashion and photography over the last one hundred years.One picture features Kate Moss captured by Mario Testino in 2008. The image stirred controversy then, as it shows her standing against a wall, holding up her skirt to reveal black sheer knickers. Claudia Schiffer’s image by Herb Ritts in 1989 shows her astride a motorbike wearing a lacy slip. Other images include the likes of Anne Gunning, Lara Stone, Linda Evangelista and more captured by world-class photographers including Cecil Beaton, Lee Miller, Irving Penn, Snowdon, David Bailey, Corinne Day, Patrick Demarchelier, Nick Knight, Herb Ritts, Mario Testino, Tim Walker and Albert Watson.The commemorative exhibition will also feature the fashion designers that defined the looks of the century, including Dior, Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen.Editor-in-chief of the British edition of Vogue, Alexandra Shulman, sums up, “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.” She also asserts that anybody interested in photography, fashion, fame and magazines will find this an unmissable experience.The upcoming exhibition will unfold decade by decade. It will emphasize on ‘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.’
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