We are pleased to present five top local and very individual designers from the inspirational and creative world of wool and fashion. These designers have joined forces to put on a Fashion Show of distinction.
This will take place in the beautiful and atmospheric setting of Kettlewell village church. Set against the backdrop of the Dales, the designers who not only use the wool of sheep from the surrounding areas but also strongly support and promote ethical and sustainable sheep farming. The show is supported by the Fashion Team of Morton Gledhill from Huddersfield who will be supplying a number of models. This is a long established company who has built up an enviable reputation nationwide for Fashion Show Production and Model Training. Space will be limited, so don't miss out on your chance to see this memorable event.
The show will be run twice during the day at 1pm and 3pm. The Festival entry fee includes entry into this and all other events.
Izzy Lane is a cutting edge and unique ethical luxury brand which has in its short existence, since 2007, established its credentials as one of the leading ethical brands in the world. It is widely recognised as the leading voice of animal welfare in the fashion industry as well as being a leading voice for the use of British Wool and the British Textile Industry.
At it's core are the 500 rare breed sheep which have been rescued from slaughter and whose wool is used in our Collection. Our flock of Wensleydale and Shetland sheep comprise mainly of animals that would have been sent to slaughter for being - male, missing a pregnancy, being a little lame, being too small, being too old or having imperfections such as a black spot in a white fleece. We pay equal and better prices to save them. These sheep will live out their whole natural lives in our sheep sanctuary in North Yorkshire and their wool is used in our knitwear and wovens.
After studying Knitted Textiles at the Royal College of Art, Joan, Skipton based designer, began making garments from her constructed fabrics. Using high quality natural yarns such as silks, cottons, cashmere and fine wool she enjoys creating colour mixes and textures.
Joan experiments by covering the body in the different shapes of material she makes, creating elegant and practical clothes. She has many ideas and adds new and innovative conceptsto her range regularly.
Yvonne Le Mare
Yvonne is a textile artist living and working in Nidderdale. She uses traditional and historical techniques of felt-making as a springboard to explore, manipulate, and transform a wide variety of natural fibres and fabrics, thus giving this ancient craft a contemporary and sophisticated edge.
She likes to use native breeds of wool where possible and is fortunate to be able to source high quality Teeswater, Wensleydale and Blue Faced Leicester raw fleeces from local breeders. The hand-washed lustrous locks of the two former are becoming a regular feature of her work, both in their natural colour and hand-dyed.
Her range includes gossamer or nuno felted scarves and wraps, which breathe and feel as light as air, garments that drape round the body and fashion accessories. All items are individual, are often hand dyed and make exclusive gifts or special commissions.
Felt offers almost endless possibilities: it can be light and delicate, painterly or structured and solid, but what is particularly fascinating is that three dimensional shapes can be created without sewing.
Founded in 1837, Abraham Moon has been producing fine quality woollen fabrics for over 175 years. The mill has stood at the same site in Guiseley since 1868 and they are now the last remaining fully vertical woollen mill left in England. The entire manufacturing process to turn fibre into fabrics is undertaken at the mill. By controlling the dyeing, blending, spinning, weaving and finishing, they can produce fabric for clothing or furnishings with consistent high quality.
Abraham Moon has long held huge esteem in the world of fashion. The company has it's roots in apparel fabrics and has a customer base of the "who's who?" in the fashion world. They also produce award winning 100% wool furnishing fabrics and Bronte by Moon home accessories.
Abraham Moon at The Courtyard, Settle is the only dedicated retail store. It stocks quality men's and ladies jackets alongside knitwear and fashion accessories.
Within the interiors section you will find a wide variety of Bronte by Moon home accessories, as well as having the opportunity to order their luxury furnishing fabrics.
Rhian Kempadoo Millar
Conceived in 2010 by Leeds based entrepreneur and mother of two boys Rhian Kempadoo-Millar. The brand is setting out to bring a bit of colour back to Yorkshire manufacturing- starting with the flatcap.
Kempadoo Millar hats are a funky nod to traditional Yorkshire style with a twist. The collections 'Trinidales-Sweet & Dandy’ and 'Native New Yorkshire' honour authentic Yorkshire tweeds with hints of vibrant silk , chiffon bows and quirky detailing.
The hats are manufactured in Yorkshire at one of the few remaining cloth cap makers in the UK.
Morton Gledhill - The Fashion Team
The show is supported by the Fashion Team of Morton Gledhill from Huddersfield who will be supplying a number of models.
This is a long established company who has built up an enviable reputation nationwide for Fashion Show Production and Model Training.
Gracie Coupland - Make-up
As soon as Gracie discovered make up and its ability to transform, hide, disguise, exaggerate, beautify etc she knew she had to become a Makeup Artist.
Gracie has a background in fine art and theatre studies, which nurtured her natural artistic flare and developed confident warm and intuitive person-to-person and customer skills. Her experiences (Central Saint Martins, Chichester University, National Student Drama Festival and working on many fashion shoots, films and within tv) confirmed and supported her hopes, motivation and self-belief in becoming a successful makeup artist: expressing my creativity and people skills through this medium and supporting others to express themselves or their characters/roles through appearance. Some of the people in which she has been working alongside this year are Givenchy, WYLDE Magazine and Chandon and Moët.