With so much stunning landscape and history soaking into the nearby Dales, it is no surprise that the designs that emerge from the designers participating are very different from their urban counterparts.
Yorkshire has long had a history with fabric, prior to the industrial revolution, the cotton industry was thriving in the area. However with the advent of fabric mills, Yorkshire became synonymous with cloth production and though those times have passed, the area still has a successful fabric trade.
One of the designers was part of the driving force to make York’s fashion week a reality and has drawn upon the traditional fabrics of the area such as tweed. These luxe and practical fabrics have been combined with the ideals behind the delicate and dainty cakes at Betty’s, creating a beautiful collection. Antonia Houston was looking at the wool for her designs at a traditional Yorkshire Textile Mill when the inspiration hit:
“I visited them and when they showed me their samples, they made me think of Betty’s cakes – and a plate of macarons! I took the fabric samples into Bettys and coincidentally they all matched their macarons”
“My collection was called Yorkshire Dandy, incorporating luscious silks and Yorkshire tweeds complimenting the cakes and sweets of Bettys.”