Manchester Art Gallery to present Vogue 100: A Century of Style

Vogue photos - The Second Age of Beauty is Glamour by Cecil Beaton 1946 and Limelight Nights by Helmut Newton 1973

Manchester Art Gallery is set to present Vogue 100: A Centure of Style, an exhibition showcasing 280 modern and vintage prints, 100 years of cutting-edge fashion and portrait photography by British Vogue.

The exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery will also include a special library display of 101 Vogue magazines, one per year of the magazine’s history, and two of Josh Olins’ new photographic portraits of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge published in the centenary issue of Vogue.

Vogue 100: A Century of Style will present the remarkable range of photography commissioned by British Vogue since it was founded in 1916. Rarely seen images by many world-class photographers including Cecil Beaton, Lee Miller and Irving Penn will be displayed alongside more recent work by celebrated artists such as David Bailey, Corinne Day, Patrick Demarchelier, Nick Knight, Herb Ritts, Mario Testino, Tim Walker and Jeurgen Teller. The exhibition will also include many of the faces that have shaped the cultural landscape of the last ten decades, from Henri Matisse to Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Damien Hirst, Marlene Dietrich to Gwyneth Paltrow, Lady Diana Cooper to Lady Diana Spencer, and Fred Astaire to David Beckham. Also featured in the exhibition will be the fashion designers that defined the look of the century, including Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen.

Highlights of the exhibition, which comes direct from London’s National Portrait Gallery, 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.

Vogue 100: A Century of Style is part of a season focusing on fashion at Manchester Art Gallery. It will coincide with Fashion & Freedom, in which leading fashion designers, including Vivienne Westwood and Roksanda, and film makers, including Nick Knight’s award winning SHOWstudio, have created new works that explore the impact that the First World War had on the changing role of women and fashion.

Vogue 100: A Centure of Style exhibits at Manchester Art Gallery 24 June to 30 October 2016.

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