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A Century of British Vogue

Author Nicholas DeRenzo Photography 1956 ©NORMAN PARKINSON LTD/COURTESY NORMAN PARKINSON ARCHIVE

wineBritish Vogue turns the big 1-0-0 this year, and London’s National Portrait Gallery is celebrating the iconic magazine with a decades-spanning retrospective, Vogue 100: A Century of Style, which gathers 280 prints from the publication’s vast archives. The figures behind the camera (titans like Helmut Newton and Herb Ritts) are almost as legendary as those in front of it (from Charlie Chaplin to Kate Moss). And while clothing is king in these shots, many of the outfits compete for attention with wanderlust-inspiring backdrops. Take, for instance, Tim Walker’s shot of a model riding a yak in Mongolia or Norman Parkinson’s sumptuous 1956 portrait of model Anne Gunning and a tricked-out elephant in Jaipur, India (above). Helen of Troy may have launched a thousand ships, but Gunning might just launch a thousand flight bookings. — NICHOLAS DERENZO (JAN. 22) 

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