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Vogue 100: A Century of Style at Manchester Art Gallery
We were very fortunate to have an exclusive preview of the exhibition before it opened to the public, where we were given a private tour by the exhibition curator, Robin Muir, who talked us through each decade of Vogue's centenary timeline.
Starting in reverse chronological order, the Vogue 100 exhibition is split into decades to portray the transformation of the fashions and changing attitudes of the time. Presenting a remarkable range of photography commissioned by British Vogue since its' inception, the exhibition offers an exclusive look at rarely seen images from the archives by many world-class photographers from Cecil Beaton and Lee Miller to Mario Testino and Patrick Demarchelier.
Highlights of the Vogue 100 exhibition include prints from Corinne Day’s controversial Kate Moss underwear shoot, taken in 1993 at the height of ‘grunge’; 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; a rare version of Horst’s famous ‘corset’ photograph from 1939, which inspired the video for Madonna’s hit song Vogue; and vintage prints by the first professional fashion photographer, Baron de Meyer.
Alongside the photography exhibition, the Manchester City Galleries have focused on collecting high-end costumes and couture pieces that have defined the fashion of the decades; which compliments the story of British Vogue. The Vogue 100 exhibition showcases one of Manchester City Galleries' latest acquisitions - a rare and dramatic Schiaparelli ensemble.
Running until 30th October 2016 at Manchester Art Gallery, the Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibition is completely free to visit. If you are an avid Vogue Magazine reader, we wholeheartedly recommend paying this exhibition a visit to transport yourself back through Vogue's unfaltering position at the forefront of fashion, style and culture of the time.
For more information, visit the Manchester Art Gallery's website.