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12.03.2014 | Arts

Oh what a night!David Bailey pre-opening

One of this year’s highlights at HUGO BOSS: the opening of the David Bailey exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London. 350 selected guests celebrated to the star photographer's largest solo exhibition yet – Bailey's Stardust – at the glamorous pre-opening on 3 February 2014.

Outstanding pictures
The very first picture shows the great Micheal Caine – on a huge blow-up stretching across the entire wall of the entrance area at the National Portrait Gallery in London. In the twelve years since Sandy Nair became director there were only three artists whose works were presented throughout the entire first floor of the National Portrait Gallery. And David Bailey is one of them.

Outstanding guests
The high caliber guest list included celebrities, friends, family and industry experts from the arts, fashion and culture scene in London – including many of the photographer's muses. At his side: Baileys fourth wife Catherine, accompanied by 70s icon Jerry Hall, perfectly styled in a BOSS leather shift dress. Just before the end, the one and only Kate Moss was the center of attention. London's galleries are her stage and – just like fashion designer Zandra Rhodes – she naturally is the subject of one of the portraits on show.

More pictures

It-girl Caroline Issa in a subtle striped dress from BOSS

Stardust
Popular pastime of the evening: star spotting. Molly Parkin, Bill Wyman and many more went to find the portraits of themselves and former companions.  The elegant dresses worn by fashion experts Alexia Niedzielski and Caroline Issa provided a preview of the exclusive BOSS Pre-Fall collection selected by Jason Wu. Blogger Gala Gonzalez showed off the perfect look for a private viewing in an it-piece from the current BOSS Spring/Summer 2014 collection. And Jenson Button, who arrived from a shooting for BOSS, looked fabulous in his perfectly tailored BOSS Made-to-Measure suit.

The style summary: outfits as varied as the works of art as seen at Bailey's Stardust exhibition. The artist himself takes a very clear stance on style: “Style is much more important than fashion.”

Bailey’s Stardust will be shown at the National Portrait Gallery in London until 1 June 2014.

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