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National Portrait Gallery nods to London Fashion Week

  • Date: 19 September 2011
  • Area: National
painting of woman's head and shoulders against a yellow background

Alex Katz's portrait of American Vogue editor Anna Wintour has been bought by the National Portrait Gallery. Credit: Alex Katz/National Portrait Gallery/PA Wire

Just in time for London Fashion week, September 16-21, the National Portrait Gallery has bought a painting of magazine editor Anna Wintour, thanks to an arts funding contribution.

The portrait by US artist Alex Katz depicts Wintour without her trademark sunglasses. The editor of American Vogue magazine is said to be the inspiration behind the main character of the novel The Devil Wears Prada, later made into a film starring Meryl Streep.

London's National Portrait Gallery bought the painting for £125,000, part-paid by a £45,000 Art Fund grant. It went on display on Tuesday.

Gallery Director Sandy Nairne said: 'Anna Wintour by Alex Katz is a powerful painting of one great international figure created by another. I am most grateful to the artist and to the Art Fund for making this acquisition possible.'