11 October 2020

Fashion | Vogue 100 exhibition - Manchester Art Gallery

Alysha, Kirsty & Kristina
On Saturday I went to Manchester to meet my girls for a lovely day out of Afternoon Tea and fizz. 

When we met at the train station we had 1 hour spare before we met up with our other girlies... so feeling spontaneous we headed to the Vogue 100 exhibition at the Manchester Art Gallery.  

It was a 15 minute walk from Piccadilly station or Miss AT suggested we jump on the free bus outside the station as we were short of time. What a great idea!!

We made friends with the driver of the orange bus and asked her to give us a shout when we got to a stop close by. She was so kind and told us exactly where to go when we got off.... 2 minutes walk and we arrived!

Once inside, we took the lift to the 2nd floor and made friends with a couple of people and asked if they would mind taking our photo with the sign, as we were told as soon as we entered the exhibition absolutely no photography. 

What a shame!! I have no idea why there is no photography, everything was in cases or frames, they could have said no flash but we were so disappointed. I have searched the #vogue100 on instagram and there are some pics but they even had staff walking round making sure no one was breaking the rules so there was just no way I was going to get a snap :-(

Basically the exhibition is a time line of key photography moments and fashion trends over the years. Showing this in framed photos and front covers of the magazine dating back to 1916.

When you enter the room you are welcomed by a loud video cube showing you behind the scenes at some photoshoots which you can stand in the middle of and I could have stood there for hours.  Music was good and it was great to see everyone at work to get the perfect photo.

We then started to walk round the years starting with the oldest first - 1920's  - which showed how the magazine started and there was some great textures and clothes but not necessarily as glam as they are now, just classic coats in normal working environments in the UK not dream beach or hotel locations that are used now.

Some were celebrities some weren't, I think today even the models are celebrities, where previously I think it was more who was taking the photograph that was of more importance.

If I could have taken any photos, right now you would be seeing the huge black and white wallpapers that covered the full height of the room or some beautiful framed photos side by side. 

As sample of photos shown are available on the Manchester Art Gallery website- 

Image - Manchester Art Gallery
Image - Manchester Art Gallery
Image - Manchester Art Gallery
The full exhibition is available in the large coffee table style book priced at £40 in the gallery book shop or £26 via amazon. 

There were some amazing photographs shown at the exhibition, some I remember from being a collector of the magazine over the last 15 years or when I used to spend hours reading all the back copies of Vogue in the University Library. 

Vogue also reminds me of my absolute favourite TV show of all TIME! SATC!

Who could forget Carrie Bradshaw's obsession with American Vogue, and I know this exhibition was purely UK but this sentence from SATC always makes me giggle -

Image source - Pinterest

If you are in the area, or fancy day tripping to Manchester, you won't regret it, it was pretty special!

The Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibition opened on 24th June and is running til 30th October 2016 and..... did I mention its FREE entry!

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1 comment

  1. I love love love this! So lovely to read it after seeing it myself! I had my photo taken with the sign too! Great write up :)

    Kay xx


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