I seized the opportunity of accepting an invitation to the Catwalking Exhibition at Bowes Museum and to invite my friend Jo along with me.
The ‘Catwalking: Fashion Through The Lens of Chris Moore’ exhibition marries the stunning imagery of the undisputed king of catwalk photography, Chris Moore, with a fabulous selection of original outfits, lent by the world’s leading fashion houses in a unique collaboration.
Jo and I have actually been to several exhibitions together at Bowes through our work. We met on a job just over three years ago. We both started the same day and became great buddies from the get go. We no longer work together but we have so many similarities and our love of fashion is one of them.
I still have a photo from one of the previous exhibitions we attended in work mode: Shoes: Pleasure & Pain.
Bowes Museum is based in Barnard Castle which is about a 45 minute drive from us. We had a good old catch up in the car and when we arrived we were famished and thirsty; from all the chatter.
I’d never eaten in the café and I’ve got to say I was pleasantly surprised. I had the Yorkshire Rarebit – black treacle cured bacon, slow roast tomato & tomato chutney served on a brioche. Jo had fishcake which arrived with a poached egg on top of it. It was scrumptious. We had to have our fizzy pop fix and we were both happy to realise they served Fentimans. I had seville orange and Jo had elderflower and yes they use paper straws. Well done, Bowes!
We finished off with a slab of lemon and elderflower cake and coffee. Well , you have to don’t you when it’s girls together?
We were a tad sleep but the thought of a good old fashion fix spurred us on. This is the entrance to the event space …
Here’s a selection of some of the outfits I snapped. It was quite dark so bear with me.
It certainly took us back in time. The rise of ‘The Super Models’ was a great period in fashion and popular culture and we both remember it well as it was a time of fun, parties, clubbing and THE best music. We didn’t know each other back in the ’80s but we have realised as we have got to know each other that our taste was so similar even back then.
We even had a sneaky boogie in a dark corner as the play list heard in the back ground is fabulous .. all Roxy Music, Grace Jones and Wham.
We both agreed this Versace dress was our stand out although Vivienne Westwood was a close second for me. Always been a fan but then I did start my fashion journey as a punk rocker/new romantic!
“It’s hard to imagine not doing it. Fashion gets in your blood. It’s quite peculiar.” Chris Moore.
Jo and I both agreed that we think the way Bowes is positioning itself as ‘The North’s Museum of Art, Fashion & Design’ is a good move. It certainly has a lot to offer. The past three ‘fashion focused’ exhibitions we have been to there must certainly be driving a more diverse audience to the museum. That’s what it’s all about isn’t it? These places need to strive to engage and inspire and I certainly think Bowes is doing a good job of that. I know I wouldn’t have been back so many times in such quick succession otherwise.
A favourite spot at the top of those fabulous stairs with that gigantic mirror. We had to take the opportunity for a photo didn’t we? Got to say though it’s not the brightest spot.
Then one of me outside on the steps. Not as well dressed as the mannequins inside but in one of my favourite kimonos.
The exhibition is on until 6th January 2019 so a good long window of time to catch it if you are visiting the North of England or live nearby. Details all here: The Bowes Museum.
This post is the first of which I hope to be many in my my new ‘Girlie Catch Up Series’. It’s so important isn’t it to have good chats and regular meet ups with your girlfriends? Although I have many friends I only have a small circle of very close friends; one of which I’ve known since school. We’ve been there through everything with each other.
I’d be interested to know more about what types of circles of friends everyone has. Let me know in the comments.