Vogue Paris 1920-2020


The Palais Galliera presents a new exhibition celebrating 100 years of Vogue Paris magazine.

Guy Bourdin, « Bulletin beauté spécial jeunes : Rush sur le rouge », maquillage Harriet Hubbard Ayer, Vogue Paris mai 1970Guy Bourdin, «Youth Beauty Bulletin: Rush on Red», Harriet Hubbard Ayer make-up, Vogue Paris May 1970 Collection privée© The Guy Bourdin Estate 2021, Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery

Founded by Condé Nast in 1920, Vogue Paris is the oldest French fashion magazine still published today, and the only title in the group that bears the name of a city rather than a country. As the capital of fashion, Paris is portrayed in Vogue as the epicentre of cultural and artistic life. Accordingly, the Parisienne is the embodiment of Vogue woman. A mirror of its time and a champion of creative talent, Vogue Paris remains an influential authority on fashion – identifying, reflecting or challenging notions of taste, beauty and elegance. 

A new exhibition dedicated to the magazine, opening October 2nd at the Palais Galliera, illustrates the magazine’s ability to realise, adapt and to anticipate ideas over the past century. Vogue Paris 1920-2020 traces the history of the publication through the editors-in-chef whose editorial and artistic choices have determined its success: Michel de Brunhoff, Edmonde Charles-Roux, Francine Crescent, Carine Roitfeld and Emmanuelle Alt. All exceptional visionaries who spent considerable time committed to their roles, they have contributed to the unique character and consistency of Vogue Paris.

The exhibition also highlights the work of great illustrators and photographers supported by Vogue Paris over decades. Hoyningen-Huene, Horst, Bourdin, Klein, Newton, Lindbergh, Testino, Inez & Vinoodh are among those who careers have been defined by beautiful spreads for Vogue Paris. In this chronological tour, a number of displays pay tribute to the magazine’s faithful collaborators. The exhibition devotes a second to the special relationship between Paris Vogue and several of the great couturiers such as Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld. As for the Vogue woman, she is epitomised in the exhibition by Catherine Deneuve and Kate Moss, the two women who were featured most frequently on magazine’s cover.

The staging of Vogue Paris 1920-2020 brings together roughly 400 items, mainly from the magazine’s archives – photographs, illustrations, magazines, documents and films – as well as more than fifteen haute couture and prêt-à-porter creations.


The exhibition runs until January 30, 2022.

David Bailey, Catherine Deneuve, Vogue Paris mai 1966 David Bailey, Catherine Deneuve, Vogue Paris May 1966 Archives Vogue Paris© David Bailey