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
One of the foremost Professors of Fashion will be hosting a talk at The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle.
Visitors can hear Iain R Webb, Professor of Fashion and Design at Kingston School of Art, reminisce about life as a fashion journalist on the front row, via his collection of fashion show invites in Invitation Strictly Personal at 11.30am.
There will also be talks from renowned fashion industry alumni from Northumbria University from 2.15 until 3.15pm.The Institution boasts an illustrious list of fashion alumni, from international brands including Thierry Mugler and H&M. Join graduates from each of their fashion programmes to learn 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.
It starts at 3.30pm until 5pm, entry is £5 and £3 for students, including refreshments.
Joanna Hashagen, Curator of Fashion and Textiles, said: “This is going to be a simply fantastic event, with an amazing opportunity to listen to those who have experienced the excitement and charged atmosphere of the live catwalk show.
“I’m sure that they will have some fantastic stories to tell as they have witnessed between them the famous fashion moments and the changes that have taken place on the runway over time. I can’t wait to hear what they have to say.”
Spectators will be able to have their own signed copy of CATWALKING: Photographs by Chris Moore’ by Alexander Fury, published by Laurence King. 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.
For more information or to book your place go to our website www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk
Notes to editors:
· Alexander Fury is a fashion journalist, author and critic. He is the Fashion Features Director of AnOther magazine and the Men’s Critic of the Financial Times. He was the first Chief Fashion Correspondent at T: The New York Times Style Magazine.
· Iain R Webb is Professor of Fashion and Design at Kingston School of Art, associate lecturer at Central Saint Martins and The Royal College of Art and acts as creative consultant at the Fashion Museum, Bath.
· Linda Watson is the author of best-selling book Vogue Twentieth Century Fashion. Following her first job assisting Vivienne Westwood, Watson has written for a list of publications including The Sunday Times and Harper’s Bazaar. She has contributed to The Independent for almost 20 years.
· 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. Arts Council England is the national development body for arts and culture across England, working to enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to visual art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2018 and 2022, we will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. www.artscouncil.org.uk
· 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, www.discoverdurham.co.uk