Vogue 100 at the National Portrait Gallery

Vogue 100 at the National Portrait Gallery

I love being a member of the National Portrait Gallery in London! My annual subscription gives me free entry (with a guest) into all the exhibitions and I can go as often as I like. I also get discount in the shop, which has an excellent range of photography books.  I was particularly excited last year the Vogue 100 at the National Portrait Gallery was announced.  After months of anticipation, I went along to see it a couple of weeks ago with my good friend and copywriter, Elaine Swift.

Of course, photography isn’t allowed in the exhibition itself, but I got this sneaky peak of the dramatic entrance featuring illuminated Vogue front covers.

the entrance to the vogue 100 exhibition with front covers of Vogue over the years in many colours

It’s probably one of the best exhibitions I’ve been to at the NPG.  The level of detail in the way the photographs are presented is outstanding. Some are mounted in oversized white surrounds; others in beautiful black frames or with fabric mounts. The backlit transparencies are stunning and I also thoroughly enjoyed the film installations.

Layout of the exhibition

floor plan of the Vogue 100 exhibition at the national portrait gallery London

Here’s a tip if you do go along: the Vogue 100 exhibition is in reverse chronological order and that isn’t made very clear. We were slightly confused to find ourselves looking at present day images but the staff were really helpful and pointed out the layout to us. Once we got the gist we really enjoyed the busy vibe and magnificent imagery as we wound our way back through the decades to 1916.

I do buy Vogue every so often as it helps me to keep on top of the latest trends in imagery, styling, lighting and fashions. This Vogue 100 exhibition of truly iconic images is a wonderful opportunity to see how styles in fashion and photography have changed over 100 years.

My favourites from the exhibition

a lady walking down the stairs in a satin gown black and white photo

Vanity in silhouette by George Hoyningen-Huene


a man and a woman looking out to sea in 1939's bathing suits a black and white picture

Modern mariners put out to sea again by George Hoyningen-Huene


a woman with a back to the camera wearing a boned lace up corset in black and white

Where there’s a will, there’s a waist by Horst


a woman looking a burning building in the 2nd world war

One of Lee Miller’s images as photojournalist for Vogue during the 2nd World War


Anne Saint Marie posing for a picture wearing a black jacket and a white blouse

Anne Saint Marie at the Paris Collections by Henry Clarke


a woman who has had pink powder explode over her

Lily Donaldson by Nick Knight


a woman wearing a bathing hat sitting against a pink wall in evening light

Suvi Kopenen in the Maldives by Javier Vallhonrat

We visited on a Monday and it was packed, so if you do want to go, I recommend booking tickets online.

The exhibition ends on 22nd May 2016

a vogue 100 book to accompany the exhibition at the national portrait gallery and the colouring book with a mother's day card

My son Peter gave me the Vogue 100 book as a Mothering Sunday present.

Annie Armitage – Photographer

Annie Armitage is an established photographer who specialises in producing timeless images. She has had her business over 9 years and as one of the top contemporary, family lifestyle photographers in the UK she produces images of pregnancy, newborn, babies of all sizes, children, families, teenagers (seniors), dogs and also has a commercial photography side to her business which is predominantly headshots as well as formal but approachable portraits for annual reports or PR purposes and lifestyle images for SME’s portfolios and website.

Annie is based in Kingston upon Thames and the area that she does photography in the following areas :- Central London, Kingston, Surbiton, ThamesDitton, NewMalden, Wimbledon, Wandsworth, Clapham, Battersea, Putney, Richmond, Barnes, Fulham, Sheen, Hampton, Twickenham, Teddington, St Margarets and throughout Surrey including Godalming, Woking, Cobham, Weybridge, Esher, Claygate, Oxshott and Ottershaw, Surrey

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