It's been a tough few weeks hearing everyone raving about the Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, and not being able to go myself. But that was only because I'd already booked a ticket to Saturday's late night event: Vogue 100 Late Shift. An evening of cocktails, music, talks from Vogue Directors, and of course entry to the exhibition itself. We started our evening in Dishoom, and although I won't talk too much about it here (maybe another time) I can confirm that cocktails and curry make a great combination, and the cheese naan is to die for.
As soon as I got to the gallery I was struck by the different interpretations of 'dress to impress'. I thought a maribou feather jacket would be overdressed, but there were floor length dresses, fascinators and over 90% of the guests wearing heels. Unfortunately the evening lasted only 3 hours, and to be perfectly honest I could have spent that whole 3 hours in the exhibition itself! But with all of the distractions everywhere that just wasn't possible. Even so, the hour we did spend in the exhibition was incredibly inspiring. I knew that the photography would be fascinating, but seeing 100 editions of Vogue lined up side by side it was amazing to see how Vogue has changed (and in many cases stayed the same) over the past century. I won't get emotional about fashion, but it really was an inspiring moment.
There were also catwalks running throughout the night showcasing striking designs by students at Central St Martins - a guaranteed crowdpleaser. Standing on the escalator has to be the easiest catwalk that these models have ever done, but it was great to experience against the backdrop of the gallery. I wasn't too keen on the swimming cap-esque hats, but the sequinned jumpsuit was fab.
There was also a photo studio (which we were too late to book a slot for - clearly there were a lot of vain people there), a pop up Mac lipstick stall (a bloggers paradise), and workshops to build your own headpieces to wear for the night. It took me a while to realise that this was the reason for a lot of the elaborate tissue paper headpieces that some of the guests were wearing... I hope.
The Late Shift was truly a very special way to view this iconic exhibition, and it made the whole thing just that little bit more 'wow'. If you haven't seen the Vogue: 100 Years of Style yet then definitely head down before it finishes on May 22nd - it's guaranteed to impress!