Made in Yorkshire
There is practically every theme of week happening at one time right now did you know that it will soon be wool week? (15 Oct-22nd Oct) Mission put together an intimate day trip to Yorkshire to recaptivate our ideas of the fabric, and to celebrate Yorkshire mills. Major British heavy hitter Burberry still manufacture in Yorkshire today, as well as Vivienne Westwood who turns to Laxtons, whose Yorkshire based spinners and weavers are responsible for her structured and British designs. The first port of call was the Wool Refashioned exhibition based in Saltaire within Salts Mill; which was essentially a design collaboration between the Yorkshire Fashion archive, its patron Christopher Bailey, and Woolmark. The privilege of reworking vintage archive garments from pieces from designers such as Issey Miyake and Ossie Clark were undertaken by fashion students at the University of Leeds. Using Merino No Finer Feeling, Dresses, kimono, jackets, and skirts were ‘refashioned’ and given a modern twist. The exhbition closes 11th November See pictures from the exclusive launch on the Adorngirl Facebook page A giddy bunch of bloggers then made our way to the Abraham Moon & Sons wool mill to get an in depth tour of wool manufacturing up close, starting from virgin lambs wool fresh from being sheared right through the full process of fabric weaving; ending in the finished article a collection of country tweeds in scarves home furnishings and bags serving fashion labels, and designers such as Ralph Lauren, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, Lacoste. Paul Smith and more. The trip made me appreciate the sense of heritage the end of the tour we were lovingly shown the design and pattern book, displaying swatches from shirting, trousers, and jackets all vintage fabrics that were made dating all the way back to 1914. Thank you so much Ellie, and the welcoming team at Moon, it really was a day to remember. Go to the Adorngirl Facebook page to see even more pictures from inside the mill.