If you can get to The National Portrait Gallery in London before 22nd of May this year I strongly recommend booking a ticket for Vogue 100 A century of Style.
This major exhibition celebrates Vogue's first 100 years and it was worth taking a day of holiday and taking a train to the capital. It took me an hour and forty minutes to watch every film clip, read every description and stand before each of the pictures drinking in the colour and beauty of the exhibits. It is a visual feast and I would liked to have spent an other hour revisiting my favourite bits but I had only an afternoon to visit three exhibitions spread across the city, also I wanted to go shopping in the V&A's book store and then attend the trade preview of Ralph Lauren's Spring/Summer home range before returning to Newcastle.
No photography was allowed in or surrounding the exhibition so the best I can do is show you the book of highlights starting with Mario Testino's well known picture of Kate Moss in a union flag jacket.
This picture was Ryan McGinley's shot of Sienna Miller who was playing the part of Tippi Hedren in the film The Girl. I spent a very pleasant hour chatting with Tippi Hedren some years ago, we were passing time on a film set and she was telling me about her animals. It wasn't all Kate Moss or beautiful actors on the walls of the NPG though; Prince Charles and his chickens made an appearance, his photograph was also by Mario Testino.
One of my favourite Vogue covers is one that you would not find at the exhibition it is a spoof made by my husband and given to me as a Christmas gift in 2008.
I am wearing a silk skirt which I stencilled with LTL11 a wisteria stencil from our Larger Than Life Collection; I bought the skirt from a Ralph Lauren outlet in Orlando when I was there for a stencil convention and it took me years to pluck the courage to paint it! The picture was taken to accompany a 'how to' blog post showing how I decorated the skirt.
The other exhibitions visited that day were Botticelli Reimagined which is on until the 3rd July and Curtain Up which runs until 31st August both are at the V&A Museum. I had specifically gone to see Curtain Up because it features the work of set designer Bec Chippendale, her model for the stage set of the musical Matilda was a popular exhibit and I had to wait in a queue to take my out of focus picture. Bec is one of my husband's family. The Chippendales are a talented bunch.
Another exhibit at Curtain Up celebrated 40 years of 'A Chorus Line', I recall my boyfriend taking me to see it when I was a stage struck teenager and A Chorus Line was the hot new musical. A large group of his friends from university came with us; we all linked arms and high kicked our way home along the London Streets singing 'One' .... it is still a memory that makes me smile.
I noted that Tippi Hedren is appearing at the Hay Festival talking about her experiences with Alfred Hitchcock and her work with big cats amongst other things. I think that will be well worth a ticket purchase too!