Fashion in Yorkshire – Seven Years of the Fashion at the Great Yorkshire Show
Fashion in Yorkshire is a huge and thriving business. Normally every years hundreds of people cram into the fashion pavillion at the Great Yorkshire Show to see the latest trends and designers. Sadly the 2020 Great Yorkshire Show has been cancelled this year due to the ongoing pandemic. I have attended the show for many years covering various aspest of the event and as part of the new website I thought I’d have a little retrospective of some of the fun fashion shoots I have shots for the Great Yorkshire Show. Typically, before the actual Great Yorkshire Show we would photograph some of the collection that would be featured on the catwalk of the upcoming event. The fashion pavilion is normal packed out all over the whole show. Yorkshire celebrities often take part and the designers range from huge international stars to more local talent and often include a collections from budding fashion students. Over the years we have been to some wonderful country houses, the historic North York Moors Railway, Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills and even the Great Yorkshire Showground itself.
I don’t shoot a huge amount of fashion and it’s great to work with models who instinctively know how to stand and how to make the clothes look great. The stylists doing hair and make-up work flat-out preparing looks, and whizzing fast turn arounds, so that the models are always ready to go. This means often these shoots were super busy for everyone. I purposely us a minimum of equipment on this type of shoot as you are often moving a re-setting light stands. Three small strobes on light stands works very well. Indoors some simple light modifiers were used including shoot-through umbrellas, Grid-spots and various gels, and a soft-box.
2012 – Lotherton Hall Fashion Shoot
We were shooting in the exterior and garden on that day. It was a little overcast but stayed dry. Lovely Walled garden, long open views and the backdrop of an Edwardian manor house give the photographer plenty of options. Long herbaceous border and rose beds add colour and it all stretches over a massive eight acres.
I have actually been back with the family. As well as the house there is lots to see including the deer park and play areas. This year one of the ‘stand-out garments’ was the wonderful jubilee dress, designed by the amazing Leeds fashion designer Kelly Ewing. It appeared in all the national newspapers as part of the PR build up to the 2012 show.
Thanks to: Press, ITV Coverage, Yorkshire Life – PR Judy Thompson – Kelly Ewing – Ginetta Apparel – Lotherton Hall – Craven College – Bradford College – Brook Taverner – Hobbs – Harveys of Halifax – Show produced and Model provided by Morton Gledhill – Hair and make-up Bradford College
Further Reading: Blog Post
2013 - Goldsborough Hall Fashion Shoot
Goldsborough Hall was saved from developers by Mark and Clare Oglesby. Its restoration and upkeep are funded by the amazing accommodation and cuisine on offer at this exclusive hotel. Since 2006, the hall has been hosted weddings and functions as well as having 5* suites and rooms.
We were lucky to have access to the grounds as well as some of the reception rooms for the shoot. This meant that we had a fortunate plan B if the weather turned nasty.
We had a great day at the hall although with the addition of Umpie bags and jewellery (Whitby Jet) to photograph it was a busy day.
Thanks to: PR, Judy Thompson – Press, Yorkshire Life – Goldsborough Hall – Harrogate College – Demelsa Haughton and Kushvant Jutla – Pure – Mary Benson – Northumberland University, Jack Wainwright and Rosie Jane – Umpie Bags – W Hammond, The Whitby Jet Shop – Brook Taverner – Hobbs – Joules – Models and Show Produced by Morton Gledhill – Hair and Make-up: Bradford College
2014 – Leeds industrial Museum - Fashion at Armley Mills
Armley Mills was a fantastic location for a fashion shoot. It was once the world’s largest woollen mill and contains some of its working machinery as well as fascinating exhibitions and spaces. Although a very dull and rainy day didn’t do anything to improve the low light levels inside the building, the location was certainly different. The building is full of character and its location by the canal is stunning. My favourite shots were of the Alexia evening gowns. The shots were taken amid the looms in late afternoon. The models and make-up team from Bradford College worked really hard on this shoot. These shoots often featured clothes from many different collections all being photographed in the same place. This can throw up challenges and mean sometimes compromises have to be made, which you wouldn’t necessarily make with one collection per location. All good fun.
Thanks to: PR, Judy Thompson – Press, Yorkshire Post, Yorkshire Life – Armley Mills – Harrogate College – Hull College of Art & Design – Harrogate College of Art & Design– Doncaster College – Northallerton College – Alexia Designs – Barbour – Brook Taverner – Models and Show Produced by Morton Gledhill – Hair and Make-up: Bradford College
2015 – North York Moors Railway – Pickering Station
This location was fabulous! There is something inherently romantic about train stations and certainly Pickering is a gem. We had plenty of garments to photograph this year but in many ways, it was a bit easier than before. The compactness of the station meant less walking and re-setting of equipment.
The garments were pretty varied and as usual some suited the location and some less so but that’s the nature of one of these shoots. It’s always useful to spot a few plain backgrounds that you can use if nothing else works. At the end of the day, it’s all about the garments.
Thanks to: PR, Judy Thompson – Press, Yorkshire Life – North York Moors Railway – Hull College of Art & Design – Abraham Moon & Son – Charlotte Lucy – James Steward – Beth Hirst (Milliner) – Phase Eight – Hobbs – Brook Taverner – Models and Show Produced by Morton Gledhill, The Fashion Team – Hair and Make-up: Bradford College
2016 - The Secret Farm Fashion Shoot
This was the home of a member of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society who wishes to remain anonymous. It was a beautiful farm and location in general and being again quite compact, it made the day a bit more manageable.
Again, we were not blessed with bright blue skies but it didn’t rain either so we won. Each location has its own character and often it’s nice to juxtapose garments and environment. Smart eveningwear in an old dusty barn is a bit different.
Farms are always interesting places to have a look around and if there are any old farm building you are always spoilt for choice with backgrounds and textures. Despite there being, in retrospect, some shots I would change now the shoot was great. It was a really fun day.
Thanks to: PR, Judy Thompson – Press, Yorkshire Life – York College of Art and Design – Millie Paver, Shannon Lickers, Polly Everitt – Max Mara – Cordings of Piccadilly – Kevan Jon – Northallerton College – Bradford College – University of Huddersfield – Brook Taverner – Models and Show Produced by Morton Gledhill, The Fashion Team – Hair and Make-up: Bradford College
2017 – Birdsall House Fashion Show
Birdsall house is very much a private house that caters for exclusive weddings. It has a long history dating back to the 16th century, being extensively remodelled in 1749. The house has been in the Willoughby family for many generations. We were welcomed and helped on the day of the shoot by the very lovely and charming Lady Cara Willoughby.
Lady Cara pretty much gave us the run of the reception rooms and the gardens and to be honest we were spoilt. There was so many beautiful rooms and locations within the house we rationed ourselves to four or five. I can imagine it would be an amazing place for a wedding. The house has a wonderful atmosphere of history and yet timelessness. It stands as testament to a family’s history and yet feels alive. It’s still is very much a family home today.
We had many outfits and changes to get through on the day. Some quite esoteric garments and some of general country wear. We all had a fun day but I felt sorry for the hair and make-up team. They didn’t get chance to wander about the amazing house and grounds like we did.
Thanks to: PR, Jo Francisco – Press, Yorkshire Life – University of Huddersfield – Hull School of Art and Design – Harrogate College, Berenice Gilmour, Beth Redshaw and Holly Greenwood – James Steward – John Lewis – Pure Collection – Brook Taverner – Models and Show Produced by Morton Gledhill, The Fashion Team – Hair and Make-up: Bradford College
2018 – Great Yorkshire Showground
This year was a return to base for the Great Yorkshire Show fashion team as we headed to the showground. Being on home turf was great the showground offers plenty of scope for different backgrounds and stages.
As usual we had a pretty full on day but covered plenty of ground both in terms of the images and literally. Fortunately, unlike a busy day at the show, driving around made things easier.
Big thanks to Jo Francisco, PR manager at the Great Yorkshire show. The lovely Kate Mallender, fellow snapper and photographic co-ordinator at the show, Stephanie Smith, the Yorkshire Post fashion editor, for all the wonderful coverage over the years. Thanks to Bernadette at The Fashion Team for running the show, her wonderful models and expertise. Special thanks to the students and tutors who helped with hair and make-up over the years and all the other folks who made these shoot so much fun.