Fashion designers all set for Great Yorkshire Show debuts

Gifted fashion designers rev up for their debut at the Great Yorkshire Show as Jenny Greene reports Photographs by Doug Jackson

Some of the most talented new fashion designers are preparing to show their latest creations at the Great Yorkshire Show this month.

More than a dozen young designers will unveil their collections for the first time at the event and Nigel Pulling, chief executive of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society which organises the countryside extravaganza said: ‘One of our key aims is to encourage and foster young, talented designers and we’re absolutely delighted to be able to provide a platform to do just that.

‘It’s usually standing room only at these fashion shows which is a huge tribute to the quality and creativity of the collections, and certainly bodes well for the fashion industry of the future.’

One of the most interesting developments in the county this season is the move into fashion by Yorkshire-based racing car manufacturers Ginetta. Becky Milne and Laura Tomlinson, young designers with the company, are showing their new lifestyle range.

Kelly Ewing, a young Leeds designer, who has already come to the attention of X Factor celebrities, Little Mix and Amelia Lily, launches her new bridal collection and eye-catching Diamond Jubilee dress, while Hardy Punglia, who, since showing at the Great Yorkshire last year, now counts JLS among his clients, will bring his exciting recycled range to the show.

This year is also the turn of final year students from both Bradford College and Craven College. Bradford’s third-year students are creating a range specifically for the three-day event. Craven College students are presenting a range of knitwear which is described as stunning in its creativity and versatility.

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All the collections are complemented by stylish designs from tailors Brook Taverner. This year the Yorkshire-based company celebrates its centenary and to mark the milestone has created a limited edition wool jacket and matching scarf, satchel and weekend bag.

Also on the catwalk are designs from high street store, Hobbs and Harveys of Halifax are dressing members of Boston Spa Women’s Institute when they make their catwalk debut at the event.

The collections are shown on the catwalk at the Skipton Building Society Fashion Pavilion at the GYS showground on the edge of Harrogate from July 10th through to July 12th at what is now the leading agricultural show in England.

The photo shoot took place at Lotherton Hall, near Leeds. Models and styling by Morton Gledhill – The Fashion Team. For more information see

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