9th October 2016
Vogue 100: A Century of Style
Manchester Art Gallery
Hey guys and gals, how we all doing? We are about 3 weeks into uni – s*** is now getting real! And mate, it is real...
Current situation: sitting in bed with a cuppa, going through all the stages of a hangover, thinking about my purchases of the week and probably regretting 75% of them… I can proudly say this browsing thing is working, I’ve put it into practise and this week I have not brought an item of clothing, makeup or shoes.. This is a massive improvement. I tried loosely budgeting my money, allowing myself £50 a week and then knowing I have some left over to splash on the 2-for-1 cocktails at the 360 Bar in Trinity, or in Bierkeller as I did Friday night.
This week my friend Denver and I went to Manchester to see the Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibition at the Manchester Art Gallery. The exhibition was displayed in London over the summer and was £25. I was desperate to go but never got the chance. We are both fashion students so, naturally, when we heard that it was in Manchester (and that it was free) we knew we had to go. It finishes at the end of October so if you’re in the Manchester area I’d definitely check it out.
Unfortunately, cameras weren’t allowed in the exhibition so I don’t have many visuals. As you entered the first room there was a film displayed in a massive black side room with mirrors on the walls. The film was behind-the-scenes footage from cover shoots for Vogue from the more recent years featuring The Duchess of Cambridge, David and Victoria Beckham, Cara Delevingne and many more. Watching the film felt as if we were actually watching the shoots. I think it was really clever for this to be the first thing you see when walking into the exhibition.
After watching the film, you walk into the main room where the magazine covers are displayed in photo frames in an organised mess kind of way on the walls. On each wall, there was different years displayed starting with the 2000’s and ending with the 1920’s. Mario Testino is one of my favourite fashion photographers and he has worked very closely with Vogue across the years photographing basically everyone, so it was really nice to see his work in real life.
In the middle of the room, were tables with the magazines from across the years displayed, some open on iconic articles and some shut showing the cover girls and
guys. This was really effective because you are able to see how fashion has progressed along the years with the first Vogue’s focusing a lot on art, music and culture. In contrast, the modern day Vogue’s mainly were focussing on people and product. You could start to see this trend from about the late 50’s, but it is definitely more prominent now with the main stories being about celebrities and advertisements.
I actually felt quite proud to be British looking through the covers. 100 years is a long time and I think Vogue did a great thing celebrating it with an exhibition to say thank you to the photographers, models, artists, editors and the general public. I would highly recommend going to see this exhibition – it was the best exhibition I have seen in a long time!
As you walked into the gallery there was another fashion themed exhibition called Fashion & Freedom. I believe the clothes were designed and made by independent designers in Manchester or fashion students. The clothes were couture and you could see trends from the 90’s were a common theme through the clothes. If you do end up going to see the Vogue 100 exhibition, its definitely worth taking a look around the rest of the gallery too. It was really nice to see fashion displayed and appreciated as an art.
I really enjoyed our spontaneous trip to Manchester, a city I have never been to before. I don’t do crazy things like this every week, in a perfect world I would but not doing things like this all the time makes it more special when you do!
Before I came to university, I was in London with my Dad and our friend Lottie (hi guys ). We were talking about going to University, she loved her time sat uni and it was the best time of her life. She told me to make the most of it and she also told me not to say no (with the obvious boundaries). I keep thinking about this conversation whenever I’m invited somewhere and so far I have had the best time here – thank you Lottie!
I hope you enjoyed reading about my week. I feel like a changed woman because I haven’t purchased a luxury this week – let’s see how long this lasts!
Lots of love,
Manchester Art Gallery: http://manchesterartgallery.org