Catwalk lensman Chris Moore has photographed the work of all the fashion designer greats – and six decades of supermodels. Luxe gets a first look at his new exhibition at Bowes Museum which opens tomorrow (7 July).

Chanel, Dior, Vivienne Westwood, McQueen. Fashion’s biggest names have come out in force to support the man who showed their catwalk creations to the world.

Gowns they, and many, many other designers created from the 1960s until today, are shown alongside iconic catwalk images taken by Moore in the major exhibition, CATWALKING: Fashion through the Lens of Chris Moore at the Bowes Museum, which launches tomorrow (7 July).

Chris Moore, is the undisputed king of catwalk photography and design houses were happy to loan items from their own archive to the exhibition, said its curator Joanna Hashagen.

Moore has been at the forefront of fashion for six decades and still today, he is capturing all the iconic catwalk moments – in London, Paris, Milan and New York. He was born in Newcastle and today has a home in Northumberland.

He is delighted to bring the exhibition to the Bowes and personally selected the 200 original photographs from his extensive archive, capturing the 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.

At the launch of the exhibition Moore admitted that works from the designers such as John Paul Gautier and Issey Miyake were those that; “made the hairs stand on end”.

He was also the only photographer at the final collection show by the late Alexander McQueen, recalling, “that was very emotional. The audience was in tears so that was hard for me; when people cry I am inclined to cry too. It was very difficult to keep your eyes dry.”

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 opens on 7 July 2018, running until 6 January 2019.

READ: Click here to read our article on Chris Moore’s insights and inspiration ahead of the exhibition.

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