Baron de Meyer and Lee Miller to Kate Moss and Madonna: National Portrait Gallery to hold Vogue exhibition

By Culture24 Reporter | 07 September 2015

National Portrait Gallery to hold Vogue display featuring hundreds of prints from more than a century of photography

A photo of a young female model, Kate Moss, posing in her underwear for Vogue
Kate Moss at the Master Shipwright's House, Deptford by Mario Testino (2008)© Mario Testino
Second World War photographs by Lee Miller and a series of shots of Kate Moss, portrayed in her underwear by the photographer credited with discovering her, Corinne Day, will be included in a major exhibition on fashion bible Vogue, the National Portrait Gallery has announced.

A Century of Style will showcase the wide range of photography commissioned by British Vogue since its foundation in 1916, bringing together more than 280 prints from the Condé Nast archive and international collections when the show opens next February.

A photo of a young female model, Linda Evangelina, posing in a pink gown for Vogue
Linda Evangelista by Patrick Demarchelier (1991)© The Condé Nast Publications Ltd
Decade by decade, the exhibition will explore 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Exquisite vintage prints from the early 20th century, ground-breaking photographs from renowned fashion shoots, unpublished work and original magazines will be brought together in this first retrospective survey of the celebrated magazine.

A photo of a young female and two young men, Maudie James, David Hockney and Peter Schlesinger, pictured standing around a room for Vogue magazine
David Hockney, Peter Schlesinger and Maudie James by Cecil Beaton (1968)© The Condé Nast Publications Ltd
Featured photographers include Cecil Beaton, Lee Miller, Irving Penn, David Bailey, Patrick Demarchelier, Nick Knight, Herb Ritts, Mario Testino, Tim Walker and Albert Watson. High-profile cultural “shapers”, ranging from Henri Matisse to David Beckham, will also be portrayed.

The entire set of prints from Day’s controversial shoot with Moss, taken in 1993 at the pinnacle of the grunge era, and a rare version of Horst’s famous ‘corset’ photograph, from 1939, which inspired the video for Madonna’s hit song Vogue, will go on display, as well as vintage prints by the first professional fashion photographer, Baron de Meyer. Patrick Kinmonth, the theatre and opera set designer, is designing and directing the exhibition.


  • The magazine 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.

  • Key periods included 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.

  • Robin Muir, a Contributing Editor to British Vogue, is curating the exhibition.

  • Vogue 100: A Century of Style is at the National Portrait Gallery, London from February 11 – May 22 2016.

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Three museums and galleries to see fashion in

Fashion Museum, Bath
Founded by writer and collector Doris Langley Moore as the Museum of Costume, this internationally-respected museum has been based in Bath’s Grade I-listed, 18th century Assembly Rooms since 1963.

Lotherton Hall, Leeds
With elegant couture displayed alongside many other beautiful dresses of the period, current exhibition The Age of Glamour - Fashions from the Fifties explores the impact of Parisian design on British fashion – from the fancy department stores selling exclusive ready to wear to high street stores such as Marks and Spencer. Until December 31 2015.

Blandford Fashion Museum, Dorset
Lime Tree House was opened to the public as a home for the fashion collection in 1995, set in a beautiful Georgian house built by John and William Bastard after the great fire of Blandford in 1731.
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