The exhibition will feature more than 280 photographs from the legendary Condé Nast archive to mark the magazine's centenary. British Vogue was first conceived when paper shortages and restricted shipping in the US lead to Vogue not being able to reach British readers during WWI. A decision was made to create a British version, which would be created and printed in London. In the autumn of 1916, the first British Vogue went to print.

Vogue's first editor, Elspeth Champcommunal, with the idea to make the magazine more than fashion, included articles in culture, sport, health, travel, beauty and society. As a result, the likes of Henri Matisse, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, David Hockney, Damien Hirst, Marlene Dietrich and Fred Astaire have all graced the most coveted pages in fashion and culture.

Elspeth Champcommunal Image: Imperial War Museum Elspeth Champcommunal
Image: Imperial War Museum

Cecil Beaton, David Hockney, Peter Schlesinger and Maudie James, 1968 Image: © The Condé Nast Publications Ltd Cecil Beaton, David Hockney, Peter Schlesinger and Maudie James, 1968
Image: © The Condé Nast Publications Ltd

Vogue 100: A Century of Style will feature Corinne Day's controversial 1993 lingerie fashion shoot with Kate Moss. President Clinton even expressed his disgust at the photos which were argued by many to promote drug use, eating disorders and paedophilia.

Kate Moss, Under Exposure by Corinne Day from the June 1993 issue of Vogue. Image via Kate Moss, Under Exposure by Corinne Day from the June 1993 issue of Vogue.
Image: © The Condé Nast Publications Ltd

Legendary photographers such as Patrick Demarchelier and Mario Testino are just a few names who will feature in a must-see for lovers of fashion and photography.

Vogue 100: A Century of Style will be at the National Portrait Gallery from 11th February - 22nd May. For more information, see here.

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