A Series of Fashion Firsts for England’s Premier Agricultural Show

Followers of fashion should look no further than England’s premier agricultural show for an exciting glimpse into future catwalk trends.

The exciting and dynamic collections in the Skipton Building Society Fashion Pavilion are a magnet for visitors to the Great Yorkshire Show, which takes place in Harrogate in July.

More than 130,000 visitors are expected to attend the 157th annual countryside event, which this year runs from Tuesday 14 to Thursday 16 July. And many of those visitors head straight to fashion shows to see the region’s leading designers, as well as stars of the future, making their Great Yorkshire debut.

For Malton-based Charlotte Lucy, the opportunity to show her 2015 capsule collection on the catwalk marks a return to her design roots. The 27 year old was a runner-up in a Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s fashion designer competition in 2008 held at the Great Yorkshire Show – and she’s been wanting to come back to the event ever since!

“I can’t wait to show my capsule collection, it’s such a great event to be involved with,” said Charlotte, who studied fashion design at York College.

Leeds-based designer James Steward, of James Steward Couture, is showcasing his eye-catching collections for the first time in Harrogate, with a number making their catwalk debut. James has strong Yorkshire roots – he comes from Beverley and then studied fashion at Hull College of Art and Design, before moving to Italy to work with a leading fashion house. James has had his own studio in Leeds for several years, and has designed for a number of TV stars.

His stunning silk dresses and cool, contemporary menswear collections will be showcased on the runway – many will be unveiled to the public for the first time. Much of the womenswear will be complimented by milliner Beth Hirst’s head-turning creations. Beth and James are neighbours in the Farsley based workshops.

“I’m planning to be at the show every day, I’m really looking forward to it and to seeing my clothes on the catwalk,” said James.

As ever, fashion students from colleges across the region will be in the spotlight when their designs are showcased by models from Morton Gledhill – The Fashion Team.

In what is an all-time first, the show organisers set second year fashion students at Hull College of Art and Design the challenge of creating collections with a Harrogate theme. Following her disappearance in 1926, the writer Agatha Christie was discovered in the spa town. This famous mystery has sparked an elegant range of Art Deco inspired evening wear.  Working under the guidance of tutor Lynn Benson, the resulting collections will be unveiled to the public at the Great Yorkshire Show.

For the first time, students from Batley College of Art and Design and Sheffield Hallam University will be joining them - fashion stars of the future.

Popular womenswear label Phase Eight is at the show for the first time with a dazzling array of evening dresses, and the high street label will be joining fashion favourite Hobbs, which will be showcasing its beautiful autumn/winter collection featuring fabric from Yorkshire’s own Abraham Moon, manufacturers of luxury wool fabrics.

In terms of menswear, Brook Taverner, which has its headquarters in Keighley, will be presenting stylish suits and eye catching casual wear. Renowned as the epitome of classic mens’ tailoring, the company has been a staunch supporter of the fashion shows for a number of years.

The fashion show is co-ordinated by Bernadette Gledhill of Morton Gledhill – The Fashion Team with hair and makeup by Bradford College.

Elsewhere around the showground, there is the popular mix of countryside attractions guaranteed to entertain the crowds.

More than 12,000 entries across the competitive classes form the backbone of the show, from champion bulls and sheep to rabbits, poultry and pigs. And there’s also the Food Hall and Game Cookery Theatre, featuring TV favourite Rosemary Shrager, as well as the popular Shetland Pony Grand National, endless shopping opportunities and horticultural displays.

For more information see www.greatyorkshireshow.co.uk

Please see below for details regarding tickets.


Captions: All photos were taken at Pickering Railway Station, courtesy of North Yorkshire Moors Railway.  Models were from Morton Gledhill-The Fashion Team. The garments will all feature in the Great Yorkshire Show fashion show. Photographer was Doug Jackson of Doug Jackson Photography.

4 June 2015

Media contact: Judy Thompson, PR Manager on 01423 546215 or judyt@yas.co.uk


Photography: Doug Jackson Photography Fashion Shoot Venue:  Pickering Station courtesy of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway Models & Fashion Show Co-ordination  – Morton Gledhill, The Fashion Team Hair & MakeUp – Bradford College


The Great Yorkshire Show is organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society. This year will be the 157thshow.

Tickets are available either on line – go to www.greatyorkshireshow.co.uk  - or call 01423 541222.

Tickets bought in advance                           Tickets bought on the gate

Adult:               £23                                          Adult                £26

Concession:    £22                                          Concession:    £25                             

Children:          £10                                          Children:          £12

Family:            £56                                          Family:            £64

Parking is free and extensive. Please note that dogs other than assistance dogs are not allowed on the showground.


About Us

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society was formed in 1837 and is a charity dedicated to supporting the farming industry and rural life. Best known for staging the annual Great Yorkshire Show, England's Premier Agricultural event and Countryside Live, it's sister event. The value of the support it provides to regional farming and countryside initiatives has risen year on year to nearly £1m. The 2016 Great Yorkshire Show runs from Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 July and Countryside Live is on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October 2016. Both take place at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire and are flagship events for agriculture and rural life. The Society plays a key role in supporting rural life, through grants, sponsorships and has a very active education department which runs a wide range of activities aimed at increasing the knowledge of young people and their teachers about the important role farmers play in producing our food and caring for the landscape. An important date on the annual calendar is the annual Countryside Days event when thousands of primary school children use the showground as a resource for learning. In June 2009, the Society also opened its Regional Agricultural Centre at the showground which will be a focus for excellence for the industry, as well as the new home of the Society. Yorkshire Event Centre Limited (YEC) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Society and all YEC’s profits go to fund its charitable work. Who's Who in the Yorkshire Agricultural SocietyChairman: Simon TheakstonPresident: Sarah YorkPresident Elect: Lord MiddletonChief Executive: Nigel Pulling