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Gabby Logan's Horsforth university gown on display at Leeds museum
10:00am Saturday 26th October 2013 in News
A gown worn by television presenter Gabby Logan when she was installed as Chancellor of Horsforth-based Leeds Trinity University has taken pride of place in an exhibition.
Designed by graduate Kate Duckworth, the tailor-made garment is on display at the historic Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills.
It was commissioned by Leeds Trinity University to celebrate Yorkshire’s long-standing textile and manufacturing heritage, as well as the university’s commitment to employability and nurturing young talent.
BBC Sport host Gabby Logan wore the gown upon her appointment as Chancellor of the university in June.
Kate, 23, worked on the gown at the Armley Mills site, which was once the world’s largest woollen mill and today is a centre for the region’s textile industry.
Kate said: “This commission gave me a fantastic opportunity and I am extremely grateful to Leeds Trinity University. I love working with Yorkshire textiles as this region boasts such a wonderful pedigree of quality.”
The gown is made from cloth from Hainsworth, which has manufactured fine textiles in Leeds since 1783, and its final cut and finish took place at Samuel Brothers, a military tailors established in the city in 1830. The scarlet bespoke garment forms part of Behind the Seams at Armley Mills, a permanent exhibition curated by Leeds Fashion Works that celebrates Yorkshire and the UK’s contribution to the global fashion and textile industry.