Vogue 100 Exhibition

T-shirt – Brandy Melville

Jacket – Topshop

Jeans – Topshop

Boots – H&M

Recently I visited the Vogue 100 Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, an exhibition celebrating 100 years of British Vogue, showcasing famous Vogue covers from the early 18th century to present day. As you can see, I went for an outfit that has become quite uniform for me to go to the exhibition, my well loved Brandy Melville alien tee tucked into my (even more) well loved Topshop Joni jeans with my everyday black bomber jacket and heeled boots.

The exhibition, held at the National Portrait Gallery, is one that I’d highly recommend to Vogue fans such as myself. Vogue’s prestigious history is one that is known to many, but this exhibition goes so much further than that. We see what Vogue has truly meant to people, it has been a distraction from the harsh realities of the war in the 1940’s, Vogue’s offices were bombed yet the magazine kept being published as the demand was so high. Women needed Vogue’s bright, glossy pages to take them away from the dark outlook of the time. Lee Miller’s war photographs, although shocking and disturbing helped to shine a light on the brutalities occurring at the time and truly shared a slice of history with readers of Vogue. One of my most favourite covers I saw at the exhibition was ‘Fashion Is Indestructible’ by Cecil Beaton. This cover, published in 1941, shows an image of a woman stood in front of a bombed building.This image for me highlighted the importance of Vogue and fashion during the war time. It shows how fashion can be a good distraction for people as although the model is stood in front of a destroyed building, she is still dressed ornately and appears to be almost unshaken by what is in front of her.

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It was also interesting to see how the magazine has progressed culturally. In 1966, Donyale Luna became the first black cover model for Vogue, photographed by David Bailey, a huge step for the magazine and for the future of black models.

Another favourite of mine was Anne Gunning by Norman Parkinson (shown below). This image was published in 1956, a time when the opportunity travel to far off countries such as India was only just opening up to Vogue readers. I love the use of colour in this photo and the way that Anne Gunning is dressed in this photograph. When I first saw this photo I liked that it looked like Anne was trying to fit in with the scenery and local style with her veil and gold jewellery, but her bright pink coat and glamorous look only make her stand out more, even though she is stood next to an elephant!

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