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Catwalking Live

8 December, 11.30 – 5.00

'Invitation Strictly Personal', 11.30-12.30, Free with Normal Admission

Join renowned fashion writer Iain R Webb, Professor of Fashion & Design at Kingston School of Art, who will talk about life on the front row via his collection of fashion show invites. These fascinating and personal accounts span all four fashion capitals - New York, London, Milan and Paris.

Bring along your copy of the book to be signed.

Fashion Industry Alumni from Northumbria University, 2.15-3.15, Free with Normal Admission

Northumbria University 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 about the journey from undergraduate to leading industry professional.



Chris Moore has captured Northumbria University Graduate shows for over twenty-five years. Throughout the day, see a pop-up display of these photographs and meet current students to learn about the excellent range of fashion courses available.



Catwalking in Conversation, 3.30-5.00, £5.00 Adults, £3.00 Students, includes refreshments, Limited spaces and booking required

Join Chris Moore himself, with award-winning fashion critic and author Alexander Fury and Professor Iain R Webb, for insights into our Catwalking exhibition and the stories behind it. Hear about the most memorable moments in the history of the catwalk from those who have witnessed them first hand. Chaired by Linda Watson, Reader in Fashion at Northumbria University. There will also be an opportunity to have the CATWALKING book signed.


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 and currently Reader in Fashion at Northumbria University.  Following her first job assisting Vivienne Westwood she was a Fashion Writer at British Vogue.  Watson has contributed to many publications including The Sunday Times and The Independent.

Fashion Industry Alumni from Northumbria University, 2.15-3.15
Fashion Industry Alumni from Northumbria University, 2.15-3.15

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!