Colburn business supplies banners for fashion exhibition

A Colburn business has supplied the banners for a prestigious exhibition on fashion.

The banners from Nuwave Display were used for the Catwalking: Fashion through the Lens of Chris Moore event at the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle.

Nuwave specialises in creating bespoke promotional materials.

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The exhibition, which runs until January 6, looks at fashion through the lens of the undisputed king of catwalk photography, Chris Moore.

Chris has been at the forefront of fashion for six decades and the exhibition combines his photography with a large selection of original outfit lent to museum by some of the world’s leading fashion houses.

For the exhibition, the museum needed large banners to be hung throughout the building, showcasing the work of the fashion designers that feature in the exhibition, including Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Louis Vuitton and Vivienne Westwood.

Julian Smyth-Osbourne, managing director at Nuwave, visited the Bowes and talked through a wide range of options with the team.

Not only were the graphics very large but they also needed to be ‘free hanging’ and partially translucent; giving the illusion of the image being in the background whilst endorsing the actual garment on display.

Once there was a shortlist of materials, sample print work was undertaken and put in place at the museum to test for suitability; this included looking at the hang as well as the translucency of the material, and of course the print quality.

Julian said: “It was imperative we got the fabric selection right at this stage, and we did.  Lightweight voile received the casting vote”.

Each graphic had to be custom made which posed challenges to Nuwave.

“We usually make more standard products, so to see our printed work at the Catwalking exhibition at The Bowes Museum has been a real highlight of this year, so far,” he added.