Leeds Trinity chancellor Gabby Logan gets a gown full of history

Gabby Logan being fitted for her Leeds Trinity University chancellor's gown.
Gabby Logan being fitted for her Leeds Trinity University chancellor's gown.
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A budding fashion designer is making sure TV star Gabby Logan will be dressed to impress in a tailor-made piece of Leeds history this summer.

The BBC Sport presenter will take up her new role as chancellor of Leeds Trinity University in June.

And young graduate designer, Kate Duckworth, 23, has been hard at work creating her stunning chancellor’s gown at the historic Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills.

The project has been helped by not-for-profit organisation Leeds Fashion Works, who help promote the work done with Yorkshire textiles.

Suzy Shepherd of Leeds Fashion Works said: “This is a great way to showcase the skills and talent in the region by giving young graduate designers working with Yorkshire textiles an opportunity to gain that all-important ‘kick-start’ for their work.

Leeds has a rich history of textiles and manufacturing that needs to be highlighted – past, present and, most importantly, for the future of the region.”

The gown is being made from 100 per cent wool worsted Barathea fabric from top textile manufacturer Hainsworth’s 230-year-old Mill in Pudsey.

It is being lined with silk from Leeds specialist James Hare and military tailor Samuel Brothers from Leeds will then be put to work on the final cut and finish.

Designer Kate has been working on the gown at the Armley Mills site, which was once the world’s largest woollen mill.

She told the YEP: “I’m really pleased to be making something truly ‘Yorkshire’. I love working with Yorkshire textiles. A lot of young designers are drawn to more modern fabrics but I have always wanted to incorporate Hainsworth fabric into my graduate collection. I am drawn to the wonderful feel, drape and texture.

“The gown is a stunning scarlet colour and I’ve given it a modern feel with soft draping details. As soon as I knew it was for Gabby Logan I adapted the design to make it more feminine and elegant.”

Nina Baptiste, keeper of Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills, added: “The design and creation of the initial toile at Armley has fascinated visitors who have watched Kate at work in the sewing gallery.”

Leeds-born Gabby will take up her new role on June 6 after Leeds Trinity was recently awarded university status.