The Great Yorkshire Show has long been recognised as England’s premier agricultural show but the emphasis this year is almost as much on couture as cattle.
As well as showcasing the best in farming, the Great Yorkshire Show is fast gaining a reputation for fashion, with regional and national designers queuing up to launch their latest collections on the catwalk at the annual countryside extravaganza.
Add in the launch of an exciting new jewellery range, and the chance to follow the journey of wool from Yorkshire’s sheep onto the catwalk, and the Fashion Pavilion at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show is sure to be a hit.
Organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, more than 130,000 visitors are expected at this week’s show.
Up-and-coming designers to watch out for on the catwalk include two talented students from Harrogate College – Demelsa Haughton and Kushvant Jutla.
Mum-of-three Demelsa’s Oddity collection of three gowns, inspired by Art Nouveau patterns, has been hand made and hand embellished with appliquéd suede and feathers.
Currently working on her BA (Hons) Applied Creative Design collection to complete her degree, Demelsa hopes to start her own business after she has graduated.
And Harrogate College graduate Kushvant’s Seven Deadly Sins collection is sure to wow the crowds in the Fashion Pavilion.
Recently graduated with a first class honours degree in Applied Creative Design, specialising in fashion, Kushvant, originally from Leeds, is currently working in London with couture dance wear company Chrisanne.
Invited onto the Fashion Pavilion catwalk for the first time to showcase their colourful range of bags and ponchos is Yorkshire-based family business Umpie Bags.
Set up by sisters Ruth and Joanna Umpleby, and their cousin Alison Booth, all from Northallerton, the trio now employ a small number of staff and create a wide selection of Yorkshire bags, from totes to shoppers and overnight bags to large weekenders.
See Thursday’s Harrogate Advertiser for a picture special from this year’s Great Yorkshire Show.