To mark 100 years of British Vogue, the National Portrait Gallery in London has just announced a major exhibition of fashion photography to open next spring (11 February-22 May 2016).
On show will be more than 280 prints from the archive of Vogue publisher Condé Nast, spreading back the full 100 years since Vogue UK has been in print.
There will be works by all the great names in fashion photography – the likes of Cecil Beaton, Lee Miller, Irving Penn, Snowdon, David Bailey, Corinne Day, Patrick Demarchelier, Nick Knight, Herb Ritts, Mario Testino, Tim Walker and Albert Watson.
Highlights of the exhibition include the entire set of prints from Corinne Day’s 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; and vintage prints by the first professional fashion photographer, Baron de Meyer.
“British Vogue has played a pivotal role in the development of photographic portraiture over the past century, commissioning leading photographers and designers to produce some of the most memorable and influential images in the history of fashion,” said Dr Nicholas Cullinan, director of the gallery.
Image Mario Testino, Kate Moss at the Master Shipwright’s House, Deptford, 2008