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100 Fashion Icons


Pub date: 2 September 2019
Price: £12.95
ISBN: 978 1 85514 737 9
Format: 150 x 150mm
Illustrations: Approx. 105
Extent: 176pp
Binding: Paperback
Category: Art/Fashion/Portraits/Gift
Word count: Approx. 13,000 words

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A richly illustrated gift book showcasing one hundred portraits of key fashion figures from the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London. The selected works feature famous designers, models and trendsetters from around 1850 to the modern day.


The National Portrait Gallery, London, is home to an extensive collection of portraits representing people who have contributed to British history and culture, many of whom have also played an important role in fashion history. With an illustrated introductory text on the role of fashion in the Gallery’s collection, this book highlights the close links between fashion and portraiture.

100 Fashion Icons showcases fashion portraits held in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery. The sitters include historic and contemporary fashion icons, fashion muses and influential designers, in addition to portraits by notable fashion photographers, and some key works are accompanied by detailed captions. This concise publication tells a story of fashion through works from the Gallery’s collection.

The succinct format will offer readers of this title a visually engaging insight into some of the most significant fashion portraits in the Gallery’s collection, making it a well-suited addition to the growing series of 100 books including 100 Photographs and 100 Pioneering Women.

Featured fashion figures include:

Kate Moss, Alexander McQueen, Edward Enninful, Vivienne Westwood, Twiggy, Grace Coddington, Cecil Beaton, Jane Birkin, Yves Sant Laurent, Mary Quant, Zandra Rhodes, Paul Smith, Elsa Schiaparelli, Isabella Blow, Alice Temperley, Anna Wintour and Naomi Campbell.


Magda Keaney is Senior Curator, Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, London. She was formerly Senior Curator, Photographs, at the Australian War Memorial and Curator at the Fashion Space Gallery, London College of Fashion. Her recent publications include Fashion Photography Next (2014), Irving Penn Portraits (2010) and World’s Top Photographers: Fashion & Advertising (2007).