On Friday evening I went to see the Vogue 100 exhibition ๐Ÿ“ท at the National Portrait Galleryย ๐ŸŽจย which is hugely worth it. ย I reckon it will appeal to any avid fashion lover (Editor of Vogue wannabe โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘—) – there was just so much joy – fashion photography ๐Ÿ“ท๐Ÿ‘— blown up to huge proportions, by everyone ๐Ÿ“ท and of everyone ๐Ÿ’ƒ, and covers and copies of Vogue galore ย ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š.

Going in the evening was a very good choice, we had a couple of hours โฐ to look at everything ๐Ÿ‘Œ.

The exhibition is ordered backwards – they start you off in the 2000s with nice images of everyone from Keira Knightly to Prince Charles at High Grove ๐Ÿฅ, both by Mario Testino and a superb image of Helena Bonham Carter in Charlie’s Glass Elevator ๐Ÿธby Tim Walker. ย There are some wonderful glitzy images in bizarre settings by Javier Valhonrat –ย Private Dancerย ๐Ÿ’ƒ, and strangely normal images by Alastair Mcllellan – I liked Lara Stone in ‘Brighton Rock‘ ๐Ÿญ.

And then they take you back, era by era so in the 90s you pass Kate Moss by Corrine Dayย  ๐Ÿšฌ(when they first extracted her from Croydon), a candid photo of Beckhams โšฝ๏ธ๐ŸŽค lying on the floor of a hotel corridor with their matching pixie hair dos, a lovely pic of Winona Ryder in a tutu ๐Ÿ‘ฏ by Herb Ritts from when she was living with Johnny Depp, and giant blow up of image called ‘Rebekka’ of a grey Mikimoto pearl between someones pearly white teeth ๐Ÿ‘„.

The 80s is all aboutย Lacroix (darling) ๐Ÿ‘  and Margaret Thatcher ๐Ÿ“บ turns up; and theย 70s is very nice – we liked Norman Parkinson’s ‘Space between the Sea and the Sun‘ ย ๐Ÿ‘’๐Ÿšฌ and Helmut Newton somehow gets Grace Coddington into a swimming pool ๐ŸŠ.

60s is Jean Shrimptonย ๐Ÿ‘ฉ and don’t miss the blow up of Cecil Beaton’s image of Daivd Hockney painting with Maudie James in a Leslie Poole dress ๐Ÿ‘ซ๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ‘—.

After that Cecil Beaton takes over, there are some surreal images including women in beautiful gowns standing among the ruins of a post second world war London ๐Ÿ’ฃ๐Ÿ‘—. ย And there is some wonderful Vogue history – for instance Lee Miller, one of the first Vogue models ๐Ÿ’ƒwent on to become a war correspondent during the First World War โœ๏ธ๐ŸŽฅ๐Ÿ“ป.

There are so many super images ๐ŸŽ , so definitely give yourself much time โŒš๏ธ. ย And don’t miss the ‘Planning Room’ which is a nice big powerpoint ๐ŸŽฅ showing you how many of Vogue’s final edits came into being. ย All the photos ๐Ÿ“ทtaken on a shoot are displayed one after another, until they show you the final edit, the images actually chosen for the magazine, in situ – the girl in the original shots of the Vogue cover by Claude Virginย looks distinctly hungover ๐Ÿท๐Ÿ˜ณ…

The last room is the very best, on display is a copy of Vogue from every year since the beginning ๐Ÿ“š. ย And there was so much fantastic advice for ladies of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s – we particularly enjoyed the ‘Primer of Art’ ๐ŸŽจ from 1938 –

‘..A lady of quality should be able to walk into any drawing room, to look at the picture over the mantlepiece and to exclaim ‘oh what a charming Picasso of the early blue period’. ย If she guesses right, she is a gentleman and a scholar. ย If she is wrong her cultural standing is usually sadly impaired..’

(why I studied Art History obviously ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‡)

Some fun advice on how to recognise Dali ‘when in a cheerful mood..he might decorate a tumour with roses‘ ๐ŸŒน

And articles on what to wear to costume parties were superb –

Chelsea Arts Ball in 1936 ‘she was wearing a Fascist black shirt and nothing but a pair of tights‘ ๐Ÿ™Š

And in 1927 ‘go in pyjamas as a suburban parsons dashing daughter‘ ย – โ›ช๏ธ๐Ÿ’ƒ

It was SO fun. ย Oh and in 1944 they suggested some excellent skirts to wear whilst riding your bicycle ๐Ÿ‘—๐Ÿšด… a far far better suggestion than all this terrible lycra. ย They just did it so much better in the 1940s, I mean Dior’s first collection in 1947 did ‘retrieve the general situation‘ – so there we go.

It rarely says who wrote the article, only who the photographer is, which is rather a shame. ย Sadly NO ๐Ÿ“ทโŒ photos (they are watching very closely) and the copies of Vogue are all shut away in glass cases, so no leisurely flicking rather understandably. ย I do wonder how you get access to the Vogue archives..

There is lots to see, the thing about Vogue is, they just do and always have done, exactly what they want. ย So everyone is there – Hugh Grant, Jerry Hall, Boris Johnson (actually) and all the obvious beautiful lithe human beings that have ever been in existence, wearing incredible concoctions in superbly fantastical settings – I slightly wish I lived inside Vogue ๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿฐ.

The entrance is really fun too, with Vogue covers organised by colour ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ“โค๏ธ – I am a big fan or colour co-ordination. ย And they have been clever in the gift shop – collaborating with everyone from Charlottle Tilbury makeup ๐Ÿ’„ to Lulu Guiness clutches ๐Ÿ‘›to Charbonnel & Walker chocolates ๐Ÿซ, oh and someone has made Vogue biscuits ๐Ÿช too. ย I think my favourite though are Roos Productions ‘make-your-own’ barbie outfit….You can make her a nice Yves Saint Laurent dress, or a Burberry outfit.. there are many choices ….. ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ‘ฐ

So after SO MUCH FASHION FUN we had some burgers ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ” in Meat Market in Covent Garden which we thoroughly enjoyed.

I disappeared to the countryside ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒฟ for the rest of the weekend, took some lovely photos of camellias ๐ŸŒบ, ate many yummy things and drank some cider ๐Ÿบ made in Sussex (everyone is at it at the moment – vines ๐ŸŒฟgrowing all over Sussex and Kent). ย This cider is from Kingscote and comes in a sophisticated bottle ๐Ÿถ – it’s good, nice with Sunday lunch ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿบ.

Today I am 100% not appreciating the cold โ„๏ธโ„๏ธโ„๏ธand am contemplating emigrating, like seriously, it is so unnecessarily cold everywhere ๐Ÿ˜จโ„๏ธ.

Alice xxx

Not press, but thanks NPG
Vogue biscuits… Biscuiteers
Roos Productions I โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’™ ๐Ÿ’›you (also Barbie looks like she’s had few too many… ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ
Yeah ok – BURGER ๐Ÿ” in Meat Market
Action shot


Camelia Lady Clare ๐ŸŒบ
Lunch time….
Cider from Kingscote ๐Ÿบ
NOT enjoying the cold ๐Ÿ˜ฐ


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