The Bowes Museum is Opening an Exhibition Dedicated to Catwalking

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The Bowes Museum is about to open a major new exhibition, and it’s called CATWALKING: Fashion through the Lens of Chris Moore. The exhibition offers a rare, behind-the-scenes look into the fashion world, with never-before-seen images illustrating the evolution of fashion over the years.

Located in Barnard Castle, England, the Bowes Museum contains a nationally renowned collection of art. It houses outstanding works of European fine and decorative art, with an emphasis on fashion and design. The museum has built a reputation for staging a top class exhibition program, featuring work from famous artists like J.M.W. Turner and Henri Fantin-Latour, and fashion icons like Yves Saint Laurent and Vivienne Westwood.

Opening July 7 and running until January 6 of next year, the exhibition will present original fashion photographs by Chris Moore, the undeniable king of catwalk photography. Moore has been shooting some of the world’s biggest fashion shows for over 60 years, and even today, he is still capturing all the iconic catwalk moments. He travels to highly-anticipated shows in London, Paris, Milan, and New York.

When Moore first entered the world of fashion in 1954 at just 20 years old, he started working at Vogue Studio in London, assisting various photographers. By the 1960s, he was documenting the collections of well-known designers like Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent. He has since worked with all the leading national newspapers in the United Kingdom and founded Catwalking.com, a website showcasing runway photography by Moore and his team.

CATWALKING celebrates Moore’s six-decade career by documenting some of the photographer’s favorite images, alongside original catwalk outfits from the photographs themselves. There are over 200 original photographs to see, each of them capturing moments at legendary fashion shows including those from Chanel, Dior, Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, Comme des Garҫons, Prada, and many more.

The original catwalk outfits are being lent to the museum by the world’s leading fashion houses. Alexander Fury, co-curator of the exhibition and award-winning fashion journalist and critic, explains that the excitement comes from combining the “ephemeral” with the “eternal.” What Fury refers to as the “fashion moment” is experienced by so few in other exhibitions or displays, but in this exhibition, the “fashion moment” is cemented in the reality of the clothes, which will literally be leaping out of the images. It’s as if they will be coming back to life again.

At the opening night of CATWALKING, students from Northumbria will be showcasing some of their work. Moore is excited for the next generation of young people emerging into the world of fashion, and he wants this exhibition to celebrate them. He is looking forward to seeing what they have been working on and learning how they plan to shape the future of fashion.

According to Joanna Hashagen, curator of Fashion and Textiles at the Bowes Museum, Chris Moore is “the eye that shows the catwalk to the world.” CATWALKING brings a rare insight into the world of fashion, as well as a look into the world of a photographer who has witnessed the evolution of it all.

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