A fabulous touring exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery is on display at Manchester Art Gallery until the end of the month. Vogue 100: A Century of Style celebrates the very best photography from British Vogue’s 100 year history and is well worth a visit.
The exhibition is bursting with iconic images of many of the people who have shaped and photographed the cultural landscape of the twentieth century. There’s David Hockney (my new style icon) photographed by Cecil Beaton, Lucian Freud and his pet Sparrowhawk, the Beatles snapped by David Bailey and, of course, Kate Moss being muse to, well, everyone including Corinne Day, Nick Knight and Mario Testino. Altogether, over 280 prints from the Condé Nast archive and international collections are exhibited together for the first time.
A small side room of the expansive exhibition displays a fantastic timeline of Vogue covers representing each of the last ten decades. I have to say those from the 30s, 40s and 50s with their comparatively daring typography, illustration and use of space knocked the cluttered cover from 2016 into a cocked Philip Treacy.