Curating Capturing the Catwalk (Part 3)

FIDM Museum Registrar and Capturing the Catwalk Curator Meghan Hansen finishes her three-part series on the making of the exhibition. In her final post, she explores the seminal moments that made it into her “Catwalk History” slideshow.

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One feature of Capturing the Catwalk that I am particularly proud of is the slideshow, called “Catwalk History.” While I could only feature approximately 80 printed photographs in the gallery due to space constraints, I was able to incorporate a wider range of images in this presentation projected on the gallery wall. The runway shots are from all four fashion capitals — London, Milan, New York, and Paris — and range throughout Michel Arnaud’s career in fashion (1970-1998). 

Gallery 1 of Capturing the Catwalk, Editorial Vision & Catwalk History.

Hitting on some of the most noteworthy moments in the history of runway collections, this grouping of images tells the story of the runway’s emergence as a center of popular culture, particularly in the age of the Supermodel.

 

In my planning for this slideshow, I was selecting one image to encapsulate a single moment — until our Creative Director Peter Lam designed the layout. The horizontal orientation of the high definition video projector worked best two photographs per slide — giving me the chance to double the number of photos. I was thrilled! Many hours of picking and choosing images later, I had over 100 images to share with my audience.

Here are some of my favorite runway moments from the Michel Arnaud Fashion Photography Archive.

Blog Post 3 Picture 2Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, and Christy Turlington walk the Gianni Versace runway lip-synching George Michael’s “Freedom,” Milan, Italy, Fall/Winter 1991-1992.

Blog Post 3 Picture 3Sara Stockbridge appears on the Vivienne Westwood runway with her baby, London, England, Spring/Summer 1991.

Blog Post 3 Picture 4Naomi Campbell, wearing purple platform shoes, falls during Vivienne Westwood show, London, England, Fall/Winter 1993-1994.

Blog Post 3 Picture 5Jean-Paul Gaultier show takes place on ice skating rink, Paris, France, Fall/Winter 1991-1992.

Blog Post 3 Picture 6Giorgio Armani uses a long catwalk of lit frosted tiles, called ‘La Pedana’ (the platform), Milan, Italy, Spring/Summer 1996.

Blog Post 3 Picture 7Christian Lacroix presents his first haute couture collection, Paris, France, Fall/Winter 1987.

Arnaud familyThank you to Michel, his wife Jane, and his son Will for bringing their support and enthusiasm to this project. We couldn’t have done it without you!

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