The must visit exhibition of 2016
Every year I start off with a list of what to see for the year in terms of Theatre, Exhibitions and numerous events most of them culturally based, sometimes not so much. I always seem to declare that whatever year it is at the time is a great year for all of these things.
This year I actually change all that & say that 2016 may actually be the greatest year for all things cultural, sure 2015 had the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibition in London, Chanel’s Mademoiselle Privé at the Saatchi Gallery and YSL: Style is Eternal at the stunning Bowes Museum which were all out of this world and memories I will never forget having experienced.
2016 however beats all of these in a heartbeat, as this year is the centenary of the British edition of what most people consider to be THE ultimate fashion bible, Vogue. To celebrate the good people at Condé Nast Publications who oversee publication of Vogue have chosen to honour this anniversary with a year long celebration of events.
This includes the now annual Vogue Festival to be held the weekend of the 21st – 22nd May at the Royal Geographical Society once again (line up still to be confirmed), a collaboration with a select number of fashion houses to create bespoke limited- edition merchandise to a TV documentary due to air on the BBC this September. For anyone who enjoyed the September Issue covering American Vogue this hopefully will be something similar, but hopefully with less antics by the Editor.
The pièce de résistance of this anniversary is Vogue 100: A century of style to be held at London’s National Portrait Gallery from Thursday 11th February until Sunday 22nd May 2016 (admission fees apply). This will then move to Manchester Art Gallery from June 24th- October 30th 2016 (Admission to exhibition will be free).
Covering a hundred years worth of history, and 287 images featured within the pages, and front covers of this iconic magazine it will feature some of the most iconic photographers of the last century from Horst, Cecil Beaton, Norman Parkinson, Irving Penn to David Bailey & Mario Testino. It will also feature some well known names that people without an interest in Fashion will also be familiar with, from the Beckhams, to Kate Moss & even Margaret Thatcher!
After seeing the build up to this exhibition online, and the reviews currently appearing within the press I can definitely say this is going to be one of if not THE must have exhibition experience of 2016. This is not only for those with a keen eye on photography or fashion, but also anyone who wants to look larger at the changing landscape of the country over the last century as this exhibition really highlights those changing trends of a country in the middle of World War One at the time of initial publication to the current day.
With all of this going on Vogue looks set to have one fantastic centenary year, and I can’t wait to see what else it has in store as it enters it next century.
For further exhibition information, and details of special events being run please visit http://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/vogue/exhibition.php