Flocks and frocks

CAT­WALK THIS WAY: As the Great York­shire Show re­veals the de­sign­ers who will grace its fash­ion pavil­ion, joins the photo-shoot team.

Yorkshire Post - YP Magazine - - Front Page -

ASH­ION might not be the first thought that springs to mind when con­sid­er­ing the agri­cul­tural tour de force that is the Great York­shire Show. Pigs, trac­tors, horses and of course sheep shear­ing, but fash­ion?

But, ac­tu­ally, those who have never been to the show might be sur­prised to learn that fash­ion is a ma­jor part of the mix, in­creas­ingly so for a num­ber of years, with a ded­i­cated pavil­ion, spon­sored by the Skip­ton Build­ing So­ci­ety, which pro­vides a plat­form for an eclec­tic mix of de­sign­ers from pres­ti­gious brands to up-and-com­ing grad­u­ates.

This year, fash­ions past, present and fu­ture col­lided to cel­e­brate the stun­ning cat­walk con­tri­bu­tion to this year’s show, which will fea­ture lux­ury lin­gerie fit­ters and re­tail­ers Rigby & Peller, coun­try­wear spe­cial­ists Bar­bour, high end la­bel Hobbs, Cleck­heaton-based evening wear and wed­ding de­signer Alexia as well as col­lec­tions by grad­u­ates from Hull and Har­ro­gate.

York­shire has a proud and long-stand­ing con­nec­tion with fash­ion, and this was cel­e­brated in the choice of venue for the pre­view shoot, Leeds In­dus­trial Mu­seum at Armley Mills. It was once the world’s largest woollen mill and, as you can see from the pic­tures, has been beau­ti­fully

York­shire has a proud and long­stand­ing con­nec­tion

with fash­ion.

pre­served to tell the fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory of man­u­fac­tur­ing in the city, with ex­hibits from as far back as the 18th century, recre­ated Vic­to­rian cot­tages and a water­wheel.

By 1838 there were 106 woollen mills in Leeds, em­ploy­ing 10,000 people and trans­form­ing it into a ma­jor city. Later Leeds was cen­tral to the growth of ready-made cloth­ing, with com­pa­nies that be­came house­hold names, such as Bur­tons and Hep­worths.

This was the at­mo­spheric back­drop to the shoot, bring­ing to­gether fash­ion her­itage and fash­ion-for­ward de­sign.

More than 135,000 vis­i­tors are ex­pected to flock to the 156th Great York­shire Show when it opens its gates in Har­ro­gate this July. Thou­sands at­tend the cat­walk shows which take place fours time daily dur­ing each of the three days.

For the first time, lin­gerie and

A MAN APART: Alex wears Aviemore Har­ris tweed jacket (£300), Tiver­ton cot­ton gold cords (£95), El­stead brushed cot­ton shirt (£55) and Port­land ter­ra­cotta waist­coat (£85), from Brook Tav­erner’s A/W 2014 collection, which will be avail­able from Septem­ber...

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