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Vogue 100: A Century of Style

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'Beaton wanted to call his autobiography "When I Die I Want to Go to Vogue". It may not be heaven for everyone, but sometimes it comes pretty close'  - The Guardian

Vogue 100: A Century of Style at National Portrait Gallery

From 1892, American Vogue chronicled the life of beautiful people – their clothes, parties, houses and habits – and the magazine was exported for intrigued British readers. In 1916, when the First World War made transatlantic shipments impossible, its proprietor, Condé Nast, authorised a British edition. It was an immediate success, and over the following ten decades of uninterrupted publication continued to mirror its times – the austerity and optimism that followed two world wars, the ‘Swinging London’ scene of the sixties, the radical seventies, the image-conscious eighties – and in its second century remains at the cutting edge of photography and design.

Accompanying an exhibition at London's National Portrait Gallery, Vogue 100: A Century of Style celebrates Vogue's greatest moments in fashion, beauty and portrait photography. 

Illustrated throughout with well-known images taken by the century's most talented photographers including Parkinson, Beaton, Testino, Bailey and Penn. The book also focuses on the faces that shaped the cultural landscape: from Matisse to Bacon, Freud and Hirst, from Dietrich to Paltrow, from Fred Astaire to David Beckham, from Lady Diana Cooper to Lady Diana Spencer. It features the fashion designers who defined the century – Dior, Galliano, Balenciaga, Saint Laurent, McQueen – and explores more broadly the changing form of the twentieth-century woman.

Highly recommended for fashion devotees.

One of the Daily Mail's best illustrated books of 2016.

  • Author: Robin Muir
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Date published: February 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1855145610
  • Product Dimensions: 32.1 x 27 x 3.3 cm

★★★ 'Leaves you reeling' - The Telegraph

★★★ 'Vogue 100: A Century of Style is as much a reflection of a hundred years of our history as it is a celebration of the original glossy' - Time Out

★★★ 'there’s some remarkable artistry on display, as we trace the medium of fashion photography back to its foundation: no-one can deny this. But, more than the photographs, more even that the clothes, it is the clamouring, kaleidoscopic cast of characters that gives this exhibition its racing pulse' - Culturewhisper.com

'Beaton wanted to call his autobiography "When I Die I Want to Go to Vogue". It may not be heaven for everyone, but sometimes it comes pretty close' - The Guardian

'brilliant' - Daily Mail

'an undeniably glamorous and exciting exhibition that showcases beautifully the British magazine's illustrious history' - Huffington Post

'Decade by decade, Vogue 100 celebrates the greatest moments in fashion, beauty & portrait photography' - Independent

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Vogue 100: A Century of Style