British Vogue turns 100 this year and to celebrate the magazine is hosting a retrospective of its remarkable back catalogue at The National Portrait Gallery.
Its launch in 1916 came about when financial restrictions and paper shortages of the First World War stopped shipments of Vogue from the United States. British Vogue launched with exquisite photography and illustrations of society beauties wearing gas masks.
Over the decades, the magazine has become the vanguard of fashion photography and the show exhibits works from Cecil Beaton, Mario Testino and Tim Walker. Each room is broken down by decade and captures the leading lights of the day from Twiggy and Jane Shrimpton in the swinging sixties; the 90s power house of Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer; to Cara Delevigne and Karlie Kloss of today.
The most poignant photo for me was the controversial shoot by Corinne Day of a very young Kate Moss showcasing fashion’s ultimate fragility and laissez-faire attitude.
Vogue 100: A Century of Style is at the National Portrait Gallery, London, from 11 February – 22 May 2016, sponsored by Leon Max.
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