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Hainsworth To Supply Historic Gown With Real Yorkshire Roots

3rd May 2013 Paul Andrews

Family firm commissioned to prepare gown for new Chancellor, Gabby Logan

When TV presenter Gabby Logan formally takes up the office of Chancellor at Leeds Trinity University this summer she will be wearing an historic gown with strong Yorkshire roots.

A number of firms from across the region have worked together to create the stunning gown which will be unveiled at the June 6 ceremony.
The gown is being made from fine 100% wool worsted Barathea fabric from leading British textile manufacturer Hainsworth’s 230-year-old Mill in Pudsey.

It is being lined with silk from Leeds silk specialist James Hare, drawing on the heritage skills used to create ceremonial gowns, while military tailor Samuel Brothers from Leeds is working on the final cut and finish.

Graduate designer Kate Duckworth, 23, who showcased her work at last year’s Yorkshire Wool Week, was given the high-profile commission to create the new gown for Gabby Logan.

Susan Gaunt from the Sunny Bank Mills Archive has supplied a cameo of archive cloth for the gown symbolic of Leeds Trinity University’s history, while Armley Mills, Leeds Industrial Museum, supplied Kate with a workspace to make the gown. The project was facilitated by Leeds Fashion Works.
Kate says: “I’m really pleased to be making something truly ‘Yorkshire’. I love working with Yorkshire textiles. A lot of young designers are drawn to more modern fabrics but I have always wanted to incorporate Hainsworth fabric into my graduate collection. I am drawn to the wonderful feel, drape and texture."

“The gown is a stunning scarlet colour and I’ve given it a modern feel with soft draping details. As soon as I knew it was for Gabby Logan I adapted the design to make it more feminine and elegant.”

Tom Hainsworth, Managing Director of Hainsworth, said: “It’s an exciting time for us and we enjoy working with new designers. There is a genuine recognition of the strong heritage and quality of British fabric along with an interest in its history."

"Military styled fabrics come into vogue on a regular basis for both men and women and designers like the fact our fabrics have been used to clothe the actual British military for years.”

Professor Margaret House, Vice Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University, said: “Gabby’s installation ceremony is the perfect occasion to celebrate the strong heritage of Leeds that Gabby and the University are proud to be a part of. We are pleased to demonstrate this with the commission of her gown, and by providing the amazing opportunity for a talented young graduate like Kate.”


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