Bowes Museum to stage major Chris Moore exhibition

Durham’s Bowes Museum plans to mount an exhibit featuring original fashion photographs by Chris Moore, the renowned catwalk photographer.


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Dubbed ‘the undisputed king of catwalk photography’, Moore has documented fashion for more than 60 years, capturing crucial moments such as the birth of ready-to-wear in the Sixties, the supermodel era and many legendary fashion shows.

Born in Newcastle, the photographer started his career aged 20, working at Vogue Studio in London, where he assisted photographers including Henry Clarke and Cecil Beaton. By the late 1960s he was documenting the collections of designers such as Paco Rabanne, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent. 

‘Catwalking: Fashion Through the Lens of Chris Moore’ will present 200 original photographs chosen by Moore from his extensive archive. There will be images from key moments at legendary fashion shows including those at Balenciaga, Chanel, Dior, John Galliano, Comme des Garҫons, Christopher Kane, Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent and Vivienne Westwood, as well as a selection of original catwalk outfits lent to the Museum by the world’s leading fashion houses.

The exhibition expands on Catwalking: Photographs By Chris Moore, a book published by Laurence King in November last year with words by Alexander Fury, who co-curated the exhibition.

Joanna Hashagen, Curator of Fashion and Textiles at The Bowes Museum, said: “Chris Moore is the eye that shows the catwalk to the world.  Our exhibition charts the evolution of fashion in displaying clothes and accessories by the top designers that are captured in Chris’s photographs -   Vivienne Westwood, Prada, Comme des Garҫons, Giles Deacon and Jean Paul Gaultier, to name just a few! I’m excited and honoured to be working with Chris Moore and Alex Fury, as The Bowes Museum becomes home to an exclusive fashion exhibition once again.”

The exhibition will open on 7 July 2018, running until 6 January 2019.

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