Yorkshire leads the world in fashion design, manufacturing and retailing - that was the clear message from this year’s Great Yorkshire Show Fashion Pavilion, where first day audiences were treated to a stunning catwalk show featuring globally renowned labels alongside the county’s up-and-coming talent.
Prestigious High Street womenswear label Hobbs, whose fans include the Duchess of Cambridge and her sister Pippa Middleton, chose the show to preview its all-important autumn/winter 2015 collection, which features fabrics from Clissold’s, based in Bradford, and Abraham Moon, based in Guiseley, plus designs in a stunning Harris Tweed check cloth, also used for a natty bespoke tailored three-piece suit by Yorkshire menswear outfitters Brook Taverner.
Hobbs head of marketing Anna Braithwaite said the show provided an opportunity for the brand to showcase its best of British heritage range made working with Yorkshire mills, adding “In our Yorkshire stores, we’ve got a really strong local following too and it’s important for us to be a part of that.”
British womenswear retailer Phase Eight made its Great Yorkshire Show debut with a sensational collection of evening wear featuring exquisite embellishment and applique detail. Regional manager Bobby Denobrega said: “It’s great to see that we have such a strong presence in Yorkshire and to see all the brands here.”
Leeds-based designer James Steward showcased a standout collection of red carpet silk dresses and cool, contemporary menswear, with special occasion women’s pieces finished with headwear by milliner Beth Hirst, his neighbour at his Farsley based workshop. North Yorkshire designer Charlotte Lucy also drew gasps with her beautiful autumn/winter range of tailored and linen pieces inspired by the moors she lives and works among,
Fashion is a major part of the Great Yorkshire show mix, and provides a vital platform for up-and-coming students and graduates to the pavilion, where four runway shows a day play to packed audiences.
This intriguing story of the disappearance in the 1930s of Agatha Christie, who turned up in Harrogate, provided the inspiration for a fashion project by Hull College of Art and Design, whose students created a collection of stunning silk satin 1930s-style evening dresses in rich, muted tones. Sheffield Hallam University and Batley College both showed collections that underlined the sheer creative talent of the county’s fashion students
The show was co-ordinated by Morton Gledhill – The Fashion Team, co-ordinated by Bernadette Gledhill, with hair and makeup by Bradford College. There are four shows a day at the Fashion Pavilion.