Inside the opening night of the National Portrait Gallery’s Women in Vogue: Celebrating Sixty Years in Australia exhibition

October 11, 2019 0 By HearthstoneYarns

On Thursday October 11, the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra invited a number of esteemed guests to join Vogue Australia in celebrating its rich 60-year history with the opening of its highly-anticipated new exhibition, Women in Vogue: Celebrating Sixty Years in Australia.

The VIP celebration, which was hosted by Australia editor-in-chief Edwina McCann (above) and National Portrait Gallery director Karen Quinlan, with thanks to Paspaley, Moët Chandon and hotel partner Ovolo Nishi, saw former Foreign Minister of Australia, The Hon. Julie Bishop, take to the stage to unveil the celebrated exhibition. 

With the likes of former Vogue Australia editors Nancy Pilcher and and Juliet Ashworth in attendance, together with Vogue Australia cover stars Samantha Harris, Anneliese Seubert and Ursula Hufnagl, the event proved to be one that was not to be missed. 

“The elegant and contemporary exhibition will draw on our archive and highlight Vogue Australia’s role in documenting the changing roles and diversity of Australian womanhood over two generations,” shared McCann, prior to the opening of the showcase. “I couldn’t think of a better way to start our 60th anniversary celebrations.”

The exhibition, which is split up into three different segments–Looking Back, featuring images from the 1960s and 1970s; Looking Out, a visual representation of the second wave of feminism; and Looking Forward, depicting the faces currently shaping the country–will be open to the public from October 11, 2019 to November 24, 2019.

To view iconic portraits of everyone from Kylie Minogue, Elle Macpherson, HRH Crown Princess Mary and Nicole Kidman, to Cate Blanchett, Margot Robbie, Miranda Tapsell and Adut Akech, be sure to plan a visit to the National Portrait Gallery.

Julie Bishop, Samantha Harris and Edwina McCann.

Pia Miller.

Jake Terrey and Matilda Dods.

Camilla Freeman-Topper and Marc Freeman.

Carla Zampatti.


Alison Veness.

Julie Bishop.

Nicky Oatley and Melissa Doyle.

Tessa and Beth MacGraw.

Nancy Pilcher.

Nicholas Gray and Anneliese Seubert.

Pia Miller.

Karen Quinlan.

Karen Quinlan , Ursula Hufnagl, Edwina McCann, and Samantha Harris.

Juliet Ashworth and Marc Freeman.

Graace on a Kawai crystal piano.