by Samantha Hepworth
Gabby Logan’s installation into Leeds Trinity will be fit for a queen, and celebrating local talent.
Sports presenter Ms Logan, 40, officially becomes Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University, in Horsforth, on June 6.
And to celebrate, her gown will be made by Beeston company Samuel Brothers, who also make clothes for the military and the Royal Family – cut from cloth made in Pudsey and designed by a local rising talent.
Managing Director Lee Dawson, 45, said how important it was to use as much local source as possible for the garment.
They used doe skin material, made by local Pudsey company Hainsworth, who have been producing textiles in Leeds since 1783.
Mr Dawson said the important moment was when the gown was first cut, he said: “If it is not cut correctly, it is a huge responsibility, as it is cut by hand.”
Head cutter Ken Baker, 64, found the work on the gown challenging as he never met Ms Logan.
He said: “The work was hard. We had to cut the garment and guessed her size from pictures.”
The production of the gown came about through a non-profit making organisation called Leeds Fashion Works, who commissioned a young designer Kate Duckworth.
Ms Duckworth, 23, is based in Leeds and worked on the garment at Leeds Industrial Museum in Armley Mills, said: “I have been very lucky to have the support of such highly skilled and experienced people.”
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.”
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