CATWALKING Fashion through the Lens of Chris Moore 7 July 2018 – 6 January 2019

The highly acclaimed fashion designer Roland Mouret has visited the Catwalking Exhibition at The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle.

The self-taught Frenchman, who now lives in England, created the timeless Galaxy dress in 2005 as well as the Titanium, the Moon and the Pigalle.

He has dressed celebrities including The Duchess of Sussex, Kim Kardashian and Cameron Diaz.

He was shown around the exhibition which features clothing by Versace, Chanel, Dior, McQueen, Comme des Garcons and Vivienne Westwood as well as photographs of the items by Chris Moore.

Roland Mouret said “This is full of surprise, it is really nice to see the relationship between the picture and outfit.  My favourite items are the Yves Saint Laurent Opera Ballet Russes collection coat and skirt ensemble and the Chloe ‘Bath Dress’ because I was at the show”.

CATWALKING Fashion through the Lens of Chris Moore is open until 6 January 2019 at The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle.

The Bowes Museum is open from 10am daily. Details of exhibitions and events can be found on the website at



Notes to editors:


·         The Bowes Museum was created over 100 years ago by an extraordinary couple, John and Joséphine Bowes.  Together they built up the greatest private collection of fine and decorative arts in the North of England and constructed a magnificent building to house them in.  The collection contains thousands of objects including furniture, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and many other items covering an extensive range of European styles and periods. 

·         The Bowes Museum receives a core funding grant from Durham County Council and as a Major Portfolio Museum receives support from Arts Council England.

·         The Bowes Museum has undergone major redevelopment, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, One NorthEast through the County Durham Economic Partnership, English Heritage, Northern Rock Foundation, The Monument Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, The Foyle Foundation, The European Regional Development Fund, DCMS/Wolfson Museum and Galleries Improvement Fund, Designation Challenge Fund, The Shears Foundation, The Richard and Suzanna Tonks Family Fund at County Durham Foundation, Durham County Council, The Friends of The Bowes Museum, The Headley Trust, Sir James Knott Trust, Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust, Fenwick Ltd, Mercers Charitable Foundation, Welton Foundation.

·         The Bowes Museum is a member of the Discover Durham partnership of attractions. Our commitment is to promote Durham as an exciting and vibrant group travel destination and to provide the travel trade with a professional and knowledgeable service: hotline number 03000 262626,


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The Bowes Museum grounds are open!

Due to the government announcement on Thursday 17 December, that County Durham is to remain in COVID tier 3 restrictions, The Bowes Museum unfortunately will remain closed to all visitors. However, the grounds remain open to visitors from 10.00 - 4.00 daily, and we are currently hosting a woodland fairy trail, two spring trails and outdoor guided tours are available from 29 March 2021.

As we have already been shut for a number of weeks and there is much uncertainty around possible further restrictions, we have decided to use this period to undertake some work in Café Bowes, alongside performing some much-needed structural repairs to the building, notably to the windows. January and February are usually quieter times for the Museum, often due to severe weather, so we believe that this is the best time to carry out such works with the least amount of disruption to our visitors.

We have therefore decided to remain closed for a period of four weeks following any near-future tier 2 announcement from the government, as this will allow us time to deep clean the Museum prior to reopening our doors once again. We will, of course, keep you updated as the guidelines change.

Your ongoing support during these unprecedented times is hugely appreciated and we very much look forward to welcoming you back into the building as early as possible in 2021.

We hope to be able to offer a few COVID-safe outdoor events over the coming months, about which we shall make further announcements as soon as possible.