100 years of fashion

This year is the centenary of British Vogue magazine, and part of the celebrations includes an exhibition, Vogue 100: A Century of Style at Manchester Art Gallery.

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The retrospective is a walk through time and the pages of the iconic fashion title, documenting the magazine’s history from the prints that made it so. It’s a beautiful exhibition, representing unprecedented access to the Conde Nast archives and it reminds me of a life-sized version of a coffee table book in my school library that I coveted when I was younger, Vogue Covers: On Fashion’s Front Page.

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The Guy Bourdin (for those that follow me on Twitter will have noticed my header is a photograph by Bourdin) are a particular favourite of mine.

At the same time, Manchester Art Gallery hosts Fashion and Freedom exploring the changing face of fashion since the first world war with pieces from the Manchester Gallery of Costume’s archives and some new commissions from Vivienne Westwood, Holly Fulton et al and the bright young things of the fashion schools including Manchester School of Art and London College of Fashion.

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