The visit coincides with Kate's Vogue shoot, which saw the Duchess pose in the Norfolk countryside for a serious of photographic portraits by photographer Josh Olins. Kate was persuaded to participate in her first magazine shoot thanks to the connection with her patronage.
Forming part of the magazine’s centenary celebrations, ‘Vogue 100: A Century of Style’ showcases the range of photography that has been commissioned by British Vogue since it was founded in 1916. With over 280 prints from the Condé Nast archive and international collections being shown together at the National Portrait Gallery for the first time, the exhibition tells the story of one of the most influential fashion magazines in the world.
Two portraits of Kate from the Vogue shoot feature in the exhibition and this evening marked the first time the Duchess had seen them.
An aide said it was a "surreal" experience for Kate seeing the pictures but that she had enjoyed the process enormously. The Duchess discussed the exhibition decision-making process and photography as she viewed her portraits with Josh Olins.
Kate joked "It doesn't look like January, you did a very good job. We were very exposed up there as well".
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Earlier she had greeted Mr Olins, who gave her a bound collection of prints from their shoot, warmly and said: "Josh, how lovely to see you again. How have you been? Still jetting about?"
A closer look at Kate's portraits.
The exhibition is truly a feast for the eyes and allows one to walk through a fashion history, exploring the most iconic photos from the fashion bible, Vogue.
Images from the best photographers in the business are featured including Lee Miller, Cecil Beaton, Snowdon, Irving Penn, David Bailey, Mario Testino and Herb Ritts. Portraits of icons include the late Diana, Princess of Wales, Lucian Freud, fashion models such as Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss, Christy Turlington, and many more.
There's an excellent video from the exhibition available on YouTube. If you would like to book tickets click here for more information.
After viewing the two portraits in the exhibition, Kate explored the rest of ‘Vogue 100: A Century of Style’.
Keen photographer Kate appeared to thoroughly enjoy the exhibition.
She met people from the National Portrait Gallery and British Vogue who worked on the collaborative project.
The Vogue shoot can be viewed in its entirety along with full details of what Kate wore in this post.
It's been a day of royal tour repeats for the Duchess.
Kate wore her very pretty Alexander McQueen Wool and Cashmere-Blend Dress which she first wore in Adelaide in 2014. The £1,985 garment features a deep V-neck, peplum detail, and a flared skirt with high-low hem.
The dress was described: "Alexander McQueen lends a vintage theme to this pretty dress. Light pink fabric, reworked for a figure-sculpting silhouette, is given a feminine boost with a peplum waistband and draped detailing. 90% wool, 10% cashmere."
Kate accessorised with her striking Monica Vinader jewellery.
The Riva Diamond Cluster Drop Earrings are described as "beautifully, elegant cocktail earrings". The earrings are complemented with the gorgeous Riva Diamond Cluster Bib Necklace. Both pieces are 18ct Rose Gold Plated Vermeil on Sterling Silver. They retail for £745 and £2,000 respectively.
It's quite coincidental to see Kate wearing pieces by the jeweller. Monica Vinader gave a wonderfully insightful article on the success of her growing business over the weekend. Among the many interesting details, she spoke about Kate wearing her designs and said her team 'borrowed the pieces'. I expect the Duchess must have opted to purchase them and add the sparkling pieces to her collection. Below a quote from the article:
'In 2014, Monica hit the jackpot. The Duchess of Cambridge – who, let’s face it, isn’t short of jewellery options – wore the designer’s Riva collection earrings (£745) and necklace (£2,000) to an evening gala at the Natural History Museum.
‘I knew nothing about it as my press team had lent them to her people and they’d told them to tell no one else in the company,’ says Monica.I was on holiday in Florence, sitting outside a café. The friend I was with suddenly looked over at a man reading a newspaper and said, “Isn’t that the Duchess of Cambridge wearing your earrings on the front page?” It was the most surreal moment – I was thrilled.’
The earrings and necklace sold out in the U.S. straight away – it was still daytime there when the photos were published – and Monica’s mobile didn’t stop buzzing with texts, while the UK offices received a flurry of calls and emails through the night, and the rest of the collection sold out in the U.S. that evening. ‘It doesn’t get any bigger than her,’ Monica smiles.'
Kate also wore her Cartier Ballon Bleu watch.
Kate completed the look with her L.K. Bennett Fern pumps.
And her new L.K. Bennett Nina Clutch from this morning.
You can view a video from the engagement here.
If you're just joining us, you can view today's earlier post covering Kate's visit to Hampton Court Palace to open the Magic Garden and the luncheon for the Anna Freud Centre here.