Fashion Flashback! Photographer Chris Moore's Favourite Catwalk Moments

20 September 2013 by

If you've ever looked at a catwalk shot in a glossy magazine chances are it was taken by the legendary photographer and founder of Catwalking.com Chris Moore. He has been standing on the fashion front line in the photographers pit since the late sixties, and has captured every major collection for half a century. Every model and designer you could possibly imagine has stared down his lens.

Last week Chris Moore shared with us his top tips for taking the perfect catwalk shot and this week he's taking a trip down memory lane sharing his all time favourite catwalk moments. Read below for his fashion flashback (in no order of importance)...

1. Covering as many shows as we do, the core of the fashion pack see events ranging from the powerful to the pedestrian. Every now and then a show with real 'Wow!' Factor comes along to put all other efforts in the shade. Alexander McQueen’s Ready-To-Wear show for Spring 2010 used sky high plasma screens to show live footage taken by robot driven cameras that followed models up and down the catwalk. McQueen was often the highlight event of the season, but this was quite the best production I had seen in years.

Alexander McQueen Spring Summer 2010 [Catwalking]

2. It doesn’t happen much anymore, but designers went through a phase of proving their fashion credibility by letting us see their celebrity endorsement on the catwalks. Even so it was a still a delicious surprise when Jean Paul Gaultier pursuaded Madonna to walk out on his catwalk with her dog in a pram.

Jean Paul Gaultier 1994 [Catwalking]

3. John Galliano’s 1950s retro extravaganza for Spring 1995 was a sheer joy to photograph with Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell et all modeling his tiny capsule collection. When Linda Evangelista swept across the floor in a grand canary yellow meringue prom dress it was a hint to the many big fashion moments he would treat us to in the years to come.

John Galliano Spring Summer 1995 [Catwalking]

4. 'Padded walls were the chosen backdrop for Marc Jacobs Autumn 2011 collection. I’m sure he was referencing the rather straight-laced collection he was presenting that season but I remember thinking how aptly it went with the sheer fashion madness that seems to prevail these days.'

Marc Jacobs Autumn 2011 [Catwalking]

5. 'When I started covering fashion shows journalists were allowed to scribble notes about the clothes, but if they were caught sketching they would be ejected immediately from the salon and photographers were only permitted to photograph a few of the looks. How attitudes have changed since then. Here at Bottega Veneta Spring 2012 show the entire front row are showing off the new norm of filming the collection on their smart phones and tablets.'

Bottega Veneta Spring Summer 2012 [Catwalking]

6. 'How I miss the wonderful and eccentric Isabella Blow. This picture was taken at a Christian Dior show at the Opera Garnier Paris. All the fashion big wigs were already in their seats with Andre Leon Talley sitting on a golden throne reserved for him, when as if part of the show Issy wandered through wearing that now famous Crab hat by Phillip Treacy. This was the topsy-turvy mad hatter nature of the fashion business at it’s extreme.

Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 1998 [Catwalking]

7. The Chanel show room was packed quite literally to the ceiling with people hanging off the spiral staircase, to catch whatever glimpse they could get of Karl Lagerfeld’s first collection for Chanel couture.

Chanel Haute Couture Spring Summer 1983 [Catwalking]

8. Catherine Deneuve congratulates Yves Saint Laurent backstage after his Autumn Winter 1992 Haute Couture show at the Hotel Intercontinental. This was a moment that almost past my camera by. I couldn’t get a clear sight due to the bevy of journalists and photographers gathered backstage. Suddenly a couple of security guards spotted a venerable table strewn with the million-dollar diamond jewellery worn in the show and as they swept it off the table in a panic, I leapt on top to snatch one of my all time favorite pics.

Yves Saint Laurent Autumn Winter 1992 [Catwalking]

9. Despite all best laid plans sometimes the unforeseen makes a memorable moment. I expect the models would have walked through a rehearsal for this Viktor and Rolf show, but they usually do so in their own sensible run-around Paris clothes. But when the time came to walk down and then off the end of the catwalk wearing the collection, they realized that the skirts were so wide they couldn’t see their stilletto-d feet. To add to the amusement a member of Paris’s Cravat Rouge (the French security guards) offered a helping hand to guide them off one by one.

Viktor and Rolf Autumn Winter 2006 [Catwalking]

10. The King of fashion in the 60s and 70s Yves Saint Laurent had a lifetime of creative achievement which is left unsurpassed. His collections were received with almost universal praise and his fans offered him the adulation reserved only for gods. I witnessed such a moment in the early 70s, perched on a window sill inside the salon, left undisturbed only because the PRs had too much to do. As Yves walked out at the end of his show the audience erupted in rapturous applause. I haven’t seen anything quite like it since... except at other Yves Saint Laurent shows.

Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture, Paris, circa 1970

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