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.
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
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...