From Fleece to Fashion - Through the Lens
A farming family from the Yorkshire Wolds has helped launch the annual Great Yorkshire Show video series which this year follows the journey of sheep’s wool from the animal’s back through to some of the UK’s top fashion garments.
Each year show organisers, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, produce a video series which gives a ‘behind the scenes’ look at a feature of the famous farming shop window. This year it tracks the use of wool in creating stunning wool suits and couture garments, and culminates in the final episode, on the catwalk at England’s premier agricultural show. The Great Yorkshire Show takes place on the edge of Harrogate. It runs from Tuesday 9 – Thursday 11 July when around 130,000 visitors are expected to attend.
James and Diane Stenton and their family farm at Thornton Dale near Pickering and regularly compete with their sheep at the event. The first episode of the series was filmed at their farm, with their Blue Faced Leicester sheep and lambs.
Mr Stenton explained: “Much of the wool from British sheep is used in carpets but wool from Blue Faced Leicester sheep is top quality, it commands a much higher price just because of that quality, and so is used to make some of the finest woollen clothing both here and abroad.”
The catwalk shows are one of the most popular elements of the Great Yorkshire Show and feature both established and up and coming designers. The importance of wool is a key element with garments from companies such as Yorkshire-based Brook Taverner who pride themselves on using British wool in their designer ladies and menswear.
Future episodes will feature a hand spinner showing the spinning process from a non commercial and pastime perspective, and then the commercial element will be in the spotlight when the film crew visits Abraham Moon’s textile mill in Leeds. The culmination will be the garments filmed on the catwalk at the Great Yorkshire Show in front of the show crowds.
22 April 2013
Sally Wall, Marketing Co-ordinator 01423 546218 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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YORKSHIRE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY:
The Yorkshire Agricultural Society was formed in 1837 and is a charity dedicated to supporting the farming industry and rural life. This ranges from educational initiatives to the Society’s Nuffield Scholarships to hosting the Yorkshire Rural Support Network. The Society is based at the Regional Agricultural Centre, Harrogate; the RAC includes Fodder, the Society’s award winning regional food shop and café which opened in June 2009.
The Society is the organiser of the annual farming and country showcase, the Great Yorkshire Show and its sister event, Countryside Live. Both take place at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire and are flagship events for agriculture and rural life. Dates for the 2013 Great Yorkshire Show are Tuesday 9 – Thursday 11 July, and Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October are the dates for Countryside Live. Tickets go on sale for the Great Yorkshire Show on Thursday 1 March. See also www.yas.co.uk and www.greatyorkshireshow.co.uk