Late Shift Extra: The Glamour Factory


Friday 7 October 2011
18.00–22.00

Late Shift in partnership with FTI Consulting

Glamour Factory was curated by Contemporary Vintage

For one night only, the National Portrait Gallery was transformed into the ‘NPG Film Studios’, inspired by the Golden Age of Hollywood and our exhibition Glamour of the Gods: Hollywood Portraits.

Visitors could take part in seven star-making departments to be transformed into a Hollywood icon. Events included:

  • DJ sets of music from the 1920s – 60s by The Broken Hearts DJs
  • Cabaret Performances by: The Bees Knees, Miss Annabel Sings, Fabulous Russella, and Millicent Binks
  • A make up salon transforming visitors into glamorous screen sirens or matinee idols with cult British make-up brand Illamasqua
  • Vintage style drawing classes exploring glamorous hair dos
  • A giant Walk of Fame where visitors could draw and sign their handprint
  • Glamorous Debate – a glittering array of experts including Grace Woodward and Janty Yates explored the power of fashion
  • ‘NPG Photography Studio’, visitors were taught how to strike their best pose and could take home a smoldering snap of themselves
  • Tours of the Gallery exploring notions of life, death, immortality, identity and ideals of beauty
  • Screening of the box-office hit Top Hat starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers

Download the Late Shift Tour

This tour was created in response to the exhibition Glamour of the Gods: Hollywood Portraits, with photographs from the John Kobal Foundation; and Glamour Factory, a late night event at the Gallery on 7 October 2011 created in partnership with Contemporary Vintage. The hosts of Glamour Factory offer their reflections on myth, glamour, style, scandal and immortality, responding to portraits in the Collection. Take this self-guided tour and let them guide you through the galleries offering ideas and insights.