One of my favourite things that I saw when I was in London was the VOGUE 100 Exhibition, in the National Portrait Gallery. This is a showcase which is open to the public, in celebration of 100 years of Vogue. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect at this exhibition, but I was highly impressed by what I did see there.
Inside the exhibition is a main hallway, with some of the modern Vogue covers, featuring many recognisable names and faces. In this section I was immediately blown away by the use of colour and technique in the modern shoots. Seeing the photographs enlarged highlighted the vibrancy of the colours, and really highlighted fashion photography as a modern art form.
Each room off the hallway was dedicated to a different decade, from 1916 through the 20s, right up to 2016. It was really enlightening to travel back through the decades and become immersed in each time’s trends, but also the history and photography of each time. Although I had already known some of the ways history affected fashion, I had never thought about how it would affect a magazine in the same way. As a result, I was enthralled by the depiction of the effects that each war had on the magazine itself, and the themes and shoots featured at this time.
Another aspect I found fascinating was the way this exhibition depicted the transition from old fashioned cameras, which required much more time in a dark room, to modern digital photography, and how this has changed the whole process of fashion photography. While we take these digital resources for granted as a given, before it was invented there were much more limitations on materials and making sure to get the right shot. This was another aspect I had never really given much thought, so I was really interested in learning more about it.
This is an exhibition I would recommend to anyone with an interest in fashion, history, photography – or a combination of the three! It is open to the public, and tickets are £17 but it’s completely worth it. More information can be found here , on the National Portrait Gallery website. It’s open until May, so if you’re heading to London before then I’d definitely recommend giving it a look. For those of you not going to London, I’ve found a video tour of some of the displays which I’ve linked below so you can check that out!
That’s all for now,