Hawthorne & Heaney at ‘Vogue 100: A Century of Style’

The National Portrait Gallery hosts to an exhibition reflecting back on the last 100 years of Britain’s most well known fashion magazine, Vogue. Last week, Hawthorne & Heaney’s Intern Philippa Martin went to check it out for us.

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Vogue 100: A Century of Style sign


Every 10 years has a dedicated room to explore the best in the design world of that decade. Featured are models frequently seen on Vogue’s pages like Twiggy and Kate Moss and also the source of many famous shoots, designers like Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood.

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Inside ‘ Vogue 100: A Century of Style’ – vogue.com


With each room having a contrasting interior appropriate to the era you get a good insight into fashion of that time. For photographers interested in developing methods we see a wide range of photographs printed in different ways like bromide prints, A4 polaroids and colour negative.


As well as many fashion shoots, a large selection of photos are displayed coordinating with major events that have happened over the past 100 years. Our very own Mayor of London, Boris Johnson iis featured among the architecture built for London Olympics in 2012.

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Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman views the portraits at the NPG


A true appreciation of The royal family is seen throughout the exhibition with recognition of them in the majority of rooms. The Duchess of Cambridge, who will be the face of Vogue’s century issue, also features heavily in the 2000’s.

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Duchess of Cambridge – Century Vogue shoot

(Photography – Josh Olins)


As well as photography, a lot of original artwork of the earlier covers are displayed. The sketches by fashion illustrator Carl Erickson even have paint and water markings along the edge.

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Carl Erikson Illustration December 1947 – Royal Wedding Special


The exhibition not only focus’ on fashion photography but appreciates the graphic design needed in every issue of the magazine. A timeline has been created of one cover issue or two page spread from the last 100 years.


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Issue timeline ‘ Vogue 100: A Century of Style’ – vogue.com

If you get the chance to go and see it, it will be well worht your time.

National Portrait Gallery

Daily 10.00 – 18.00

Thursdays and Fridays until 21.00

11 February – 22 May 2016

Tickets – Full price £17 / Concessions £15.50