London’s National Portrait Gallery celebrates 100 years of glamour

Over the past 100 years, British Vogue has been instrumental in setting international style standards, most notably through iconic photographs of stars and celebrities shot by the world’s most revered photographers. In celebration of the magazine’s 100th anniversary, the National Portrait Gallery in London is hosting an extravagant exhibit of some of the publication’s most memorable photographs – including gripping portraits of legendary icons such as Diana, Princess of Wales.

Showing until May 22 and titled “Vogue 100: A Century of Style,” the exhibit features nearly 300 prints from the Condé Nast archive, shot by the likes of Herb Ritts, Mario Testino, David Bailey, Helmut Newton, Cecil Beaton and many others. Guests can view the iconic Testino shot of Kate Moss, defiantly raising her skirt to show her sheer black underwear, in a spine-tingling mix of style and vulgarity; Tim Walker’s larger-than-life portrait of Alexander McQueen, brandishing a lit cigarette while sucking on his pinky, superficial and hypnotic at the same time; a flamboyant 1991 photograph of Linda Evangelista, captured by Patrick Demarchelier in a stylishly retro green and mauve outfit that celebrates the bygone glamour of the 1950s; and a rock chic Claudia Schiffer, riding on the back of a motorcycle, with Ritts clicking on his lens as she gives him a come-hither glance.

In addition to the photographs, which provide an invaluable record of style and photography evolution from 1916 to the present, the exhibit features a short film created from highlights of various Vogue fashion shoots – a magnificent visual testament to the impact of fashion, and of British Vogue, on our daily lives.