Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I hope you’ve woken up to the prospect of pancakes and flowers this morning, whether single or not. Anyway, even if you hate Valentine’s Day, I’ve got some news to cheer you up. The Vogue 100 exhibition (on until May 22nd) at the National Portrait Gallery is INCREDIBLE. Honestly, you should just stop reading this post right now and go to the exhibition to see for yourself (you’ll thank me later).
Remember the other day I gave you suggestions for things to do on Valentine’s Day? Well, you can pretty much scrap those – file them away for a rainy day instead – and head to the National Portrait Gallery. The show will likely be sold out, but it’s worth buying membership so you can skip all the queues (and you’ll probably want to go back several times anyway). I went yesterday and am half-seriously contemplating going back today (this time with comfy shoes – I made the mistake of wearing heels yesterday and suffered accordingly. But then I felt it was very Vogue-worthy to suffer for fashion, and the killer heels certainly made me more at home with all the Anya Hindmarch bag-toting fashionistas who are currently flocking to the exhibition.).
Vogue 100 is bold, exciting and sexy. It’s a must see for anyone who loves fashion, photography or super models. It’s the exhibition I’ve enjoyed the most since the Alexander McQueen one last year, and it has the same electric buzz to the air that made the McQueen show so special. The connection between Vogue and McQueen is highlighted in the exhibition too: this famous photograph of McQueen dominates one end of the show.
I’d been looking forward to Vogue 100 ever since attending the exhibition’s shop launch at the NPG last week. The exhibition itself was very much kept under wraps, and I wasn’t too sure what to expect. Also, even though I was excited to see it, I didn’t want to get my hopes up too much (I’m still recovering from the rather disappointing Hepburn exhibit last year). All the more pleasurable, then, was my shock of surprise yesterday as I walked into the first room and was instantly blown away by collection of so many incredible, iconic images. Here are a few more highlights for you to scroll:
Lara Stone by Alasdair McLellan, 2010Naomi Campbell by Patrick Demarchelier, 1987Kate, 1998 by Nick Knight, 1998Louise Despointes and Donna Jordan by Sacha (von Dorssen), 1972Claudia Schiffer by Herb Ritts, 1989Christy Turlington by Patrick Demarchelier, 1987
Unlike the Hepburn exhibition, Vogue 100 is huge, comprising several rooms and a couple hallways, and there’s been fantastic attention to detail. The rooms are in chronological order, tracking the history of fashion and Vogue, with the decor often matching the period (the 20-30s rooms have lovely Art Deco finishes). Many of the images have been blown up to be plus size, which adds real drama to the exhibition and means you can truly appreciate the details.
I loved this exhibition because I felt it truly celebrated style over fashion: it was as much about the personalities and iconic looks of the figures that have dominated the fashion world for the past 100 years, rather than simply the clothes they wore.
I found it too hard to decide which room was my favourite: I have to go back and see them all again! Have any of you been to the exhibition yet? What did you think of it? Did you have a favourite room?
If you haven’t seen it yet, my advice is to dress up in your most Vogue worthy clothes and head on over!