Fashion industry pioneers gather at The Bowes Museum

Fashion industry pioneers gather at The Bowes Museum

Catwalking Live and In Conversation



8 December 2018 11.30 – 12.30pm Free with admission

2.15 - 3.15pm Free with admission

3.30 – 5pm £5 or £3 for students including refreshments


If you’re interested in fashion and want to find out more about the industry, how to break into it and what really goes on behind the scenes then The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle is the place to be on Saturday 8 December.


Iain R Webb, Professor of Fashion and Design at Kingston School of Art, will be reminiscing about life as a fashion journalist on the front row, via his collection of fashion show invites in Invitation Strictly Personal at 11.30am.


From 2.15 until 3.15pm renowned fashion industry alumni from Northumbria University will be talking about their careers with International brands including: Graeme Fidler, Creative Director/Design Consultant of Several; Imogen Davies, Fashion Photographic Agent at One Represents LTD; and Jennifer Barrett, Founder and Managing Director This is Creative Enterprise CIC. They’ll be joined by Michael Herz, Co-creative Director/Design Consultant at Several, who graduated with a Masters from the Royal College of Art.


Between them they have worked at Polo Ralph Lauren, Aquascutum, Bally, Diane Von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs, Guy Laroche, French Connection owned Toast and for clients including Topshop, Whistles, Jaeger, GQ Style, Vogue Russia and Harpers Bazaar.


Graduates from their fashion programmes will also be on hand to explain more about the journey from undergraduate to leading industry professional.


The highlight of the day promises to be Catwalking: in Conversation, a discussion between photographer Chris Moore, Catwalking author and award-winning fashion critic Alexander Fury and Iain R Webb exploring some of the fascinating insights into the exhibition and the book.  Chaired by Linda Watson author and Reader of Fashion at Northumbria University.


That starts at 3.30pm until 5pm, entry is £5 and £3 for students, including refreshments.


Joanna Hashagen, Curator of Fashion and Textiles, said: “This will be fantastic event and will be an amazing opportunity to hear some of the famous fashion moments from those who witnessed them at first hand. I can’t wait to hear what they have to say.


“It also gives visitors to the exhibition ‘CATWALKING: Fashion through the Lens of Chris Moore’ a truly enhanced experience with the behind the scenes stories about the shows, clothes, designers and photos.”


Spectators will be able to have their own copy of CATWALKING: Photographs by Chris Moore’ by Alexander Fury, published by Laurence King signed by all the participants.   The Museum shop has copies available to buy.


Throughout the day there will be a pop-up display of photographs by Chris Moore of Northumbria University Graduate shows and students will be on hand to explain more about the range of fashion courses available.


CATWALKING: Fashion through the Lens of Chris Moore is open until 6 January 2019.


For more information or to book your place go to our website



The Bowes Museum is looking forward to welcoming you on the 17 May

Staff have been busy behind the Museum’s closed doors getting everything ready to welcome visitors back safely.

Café Bowes has undergone a refurbishment and has a new menu waiting to be sampled, the Museum has been deep cleaned, new signage is in place reminding you to adhere to social distancing, hand sanitisation stations have been refilled, the shop has been restocked and staff are being trained ready to greet you back in a safe and timely manner.

North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions is now hanging in the main exhibition gallery ready to wow visitors through to January 2022 and, due to social distancing measures, entry to the display will be by a separate timed exhibition entrance ticket that needs to be booked, at no extra cost, before visiting. Song has also been reinstated in the Music Room so people can enjoy the sound of the instruments. A varied programme of activity is being planned throughout May and June which we hope you will participate in.

Entry to the Museum will be by timed slots and tickets will have to be pre-booked online here or by calling 01833 690606. The Museum will be open from 10.00 to 5.00 daily. Masks will need to be worn throughout the Museum, shop and café, except when eating or where exemptions apply.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon!