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 closed!

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.

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 Caf� 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.

Do please remember, however, that the Museum�s park and grounds remain open to visitors from 10.00 � 4.00 daily, and that we are currently hosting a woodland fairy trail, clues can be found here.

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.