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Angy's Blog November 2009

The trials and tribulations of a fashion designer in the Lake District!

ARCHIVE: my previous entries:

SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2009 Stolen Dreams - Gambling Man - Autumn - Laughing Stock - Justice - Broken Promises
Lavish & Luxe - Weddings - Chaos - Photo Shoot at St. James' Park - Harvest Time
JUNE - JULY 2009 Sir Bobby Robson RIP - Mannekins - Liverpool - Georgian Splendour - Price of Fame - Detox - Top of the World
MAY - JUNE 2009 (Summer Solstice - Toon in Tatters - Fashion Communism - Ele Horsleys - Kittiwakes - Stolen Dreams - Bluebells)
Made in England - Stolen Dreams - Easter Sunshine - Victoriana - Alan Shearer - Funland
FEBRUARY - MARCH 2009 (Favourite View - Punk Revival - Gone with the Wind - Fast Fashion v. Recycled Fashion)
JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2009 (In Search of Winter - A Favourite Place - Catwalk Videos on YouTube - A Winter Chill)
NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2008 (Recycled Outrageous Clothes Show (ROCS) - Florence No2. - Winter-Mere)
OCTOBER - NOVEMBER 2008 (Cumbria Life - NW Evening Mail - Glitz & Glamour Haggerston Craft Show)
OCTOBER 2008 (Woman Event - Collection on Catwalk - Radio Cumbria - Brochure Download)
SEPTEMBER - Early OCTOBER 2008 (Newcastle United Wedding Dress - Wedding Shows at Abbey House and Carlisle)
AUGUST - SEPTEMBER 2008 (Fashion Designers - Spectrum in Four Seasons Collection - Sara Gadd Millinery)
JUNE - JULY 2008 (Haute Couture - Vivienne Westwood - Wildlife - Dorset Buttons - Magna Carta)
FEBRUARY - MAY 2008 (Lake District Inspirations - Long Blondes - Wedding Show)

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12 NOVEMBER 2009: STOLEN DREAMS 2010 - LAUNCH, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Eldon Gardens, Newcastle - from 10:30

25 NOVEMBER 2009: LAVISH & LUXE FASHION EXTRAVAGANZA, Wynyard Hall Download Details - 0.3mb PDF
Night of Catwalk Fashion & Fun hosted by Scott Henshall in the luxurious suirroundings of Wynyard Hall; 19:00-Midnight

11 DECEMBER 2009: CHARITY FASHION SHOW, St Anne's' Church, Haverthwaite Download Poster - 0.3mb PDF
Charity CatwalkShow in aid of Cumbria flood victims, by Angy Morton and Ele Horsley
Postponed from 20 November due to the floods

STOLEN DREAMS: Hot off the press! Click below to download my latest leaflet;

Bespoke Fashion - with a Difference PDF (1mb)

I'm really pleased with this new leaflet. I adore the front cover. That photo was taken at the Eldon Garden event by Mike Urwin. He had asked if he could go backstage with the make-up artist preparing the girls, for a few shots. I know from experience that this can be a good opportunity so I agreed. The result was two beautiful shots of Steph from AM Models, one of them on the cover ... the other ... check the Journal links below or on my press page!


I have just received my pictures from the Stolen Dreams photoshoot in Northumberland. I have pasted a small selection of them below for your interest.

Photos: Mark Wilson
Models: AM Models, Newcastle
Hair: Ysalon, Eldon Garden, Newcastle


I have just about recovered from the Lavish & Luxe Exclusive Fashion Event after more sleepless nights and buring midnight oil in preparation. The setting was Wynyard Hall in County Durham, even more impressive in the 'flesh'.

Photo: Wynyard Hall

WYNYARD HALL Sedgefield, Tees Valley
The premier venue in the North East for weddings, events, conferences, accommodation and fine dining.
"The most splendid 19th Century mansion in the country" Nikolaus Pevsner
Telephone: 01740 644811; Website: www..wynyardhall.co.uk

This historic mansion, which is virtually a palace, was famous during the 19th century for entertaining celebrities with extravagant balls and parties - guests included the likes of the Duke of Wellington, Disraeli, and other notable poets, artists, industrialists, politicians and royalty. Nowadays, rather appropriately, it is the home of Sir John Hall, the former owner of my favourite football club.

Wynyard Hall is set in beautiful landscaped gardens overlooking an ornamental lake. We had done our research on the internet, but I still wasn't really prepared until I walked through the foyer into the main hall and looked up to the stained glass dome, held up by carytids. Wow! I have to say that Wynyard Hall is impressive, well worth a visit, even if only to take afternoon tea. I wished then that I had been able to stay the night. I had the feeling I was on a Jane Austen film production, only with the wrong costumes, expecting Mark Darcy to walk into the room any moment in a wet, white shirt! You know what I mean.

Wynyard Hall with the Duke of Wellington Obelisk

For the first time I didn't have the usual problem of dresses not fitting models since everything was so well planned by Denise at Dandy Events. The only real problem for me was my position on the catwalk. I had been allocated the finale which would have been perfect, but trying to change models into haute couture outfits in just a few minutes between shows is impossible. In the end I accepted an earlier slot, straight after the interval, which gave me the necessary time. There was also a good team of helpers so the girls looked fab when they appeared on the catwalk.

Preparations went smoothly so for the first time I found time to kill and to relax before the show. We had already set up our stand with four mannekins,Tess, Doris, Florrie and Babs ... their first outing ... so my husband invited me for a drink. I had a lovely glass of wine and a bite to eat in what had once been the smokimg room. Exquisite. I really didn't want to leave. Everything was served with a smile.

'Wor Florrie' with 'Florence No.2!"

Babs in chains, with 'Chaos' (Newcastle United) from Stolen Dreams

By the time the show finally opened I was feeling completely at ease (probably the wine) and ready for anything. Most of the guests were ladies and I had some fascinating conversations. I'm not very good at accepting compliments, probably because I am too self-critical. However, several people were very complimentary about my designs on the runway, even the compere, the well-known fashion designer, Scott Henshall, who said he liked the NUFC jacket I was wearing! I felt honoured.

Scott's a northern lad, born in York and raised in Hartlepool, so I know where his sense of humour comes from. He was polite, funny and kind. Scott's achievements are far more than one can write about after just one personal encounter. He is perhaps best known for creating the most expensive dress in the world - made out of 5000 cut diamonds! I was worn by Samantha Mumba to the premiere of Spiderman 2. His latest project is to design the 'Most Expensive Football Boots', which will be auctioned for Rio Ferdinand's Live the Dream Foundation -

Google Scott's name or go on his website for more information about him:

Anyway, you can see the catwalks for yourself: check out the clips I have uploaded on YouTube below - I exhibited 15 designs on the runway, 11 of them from 'Stolen Dreams' including the first showing for the Celtic variation 'Old Firm', the Hull outfit, 'Stolen Dream', complete with corset, and the Leeds United outfit, 'It could be You', with it's cloak and revised skirt. In addition there were four of my favourite 'Four Seasons' designs - watch out for 'Midnight Sun' which looked fantastic. The models, which were provded by Tyne-Tees Models, included the current, and previous, 'Miss Newcastle'.

Lavish & Luxe - Apple Noddy & Wildfire Lavish & Luxe
25 November. 2009
You Tube Clip - 1

'Apple Noddy' and 'Wild Fire'
by Angy Morton

Lavish & Luxe - Northern Soul Lavish & Luxe
25 November. 2009
You Tube Clip - 7

'Northern Soul' (Wigan Athletic)
by Angy Morton

Lavish & Luxe - Loadsamoney Lavish & Luxe
25 November. 2009
You Tube Clip - 2

'Loadsamoney' (Manchester City)
by Angy Morton

Lavish & Lush - Humbug Lavish & Luxe
25 November. 2009
You Tube Clip - 8

'Humbug' (Everton)
by Angy Morton

Lavish & Luxe - Old Firm Lavish & Luxe
25 November. 2009
You Tube Clip - 3

'Old Firm' (Celtic)
by Angy Morton

Lavish & Lush - Stolen Dream Lavish & Luxe
25 November. 2009
You Tube Clip - 9

'Stolen Dream' (Hull City)
by Angy Morton

Lavish & Luxe: Harvest Moon Lavish & Luxe
25 November. 2009
You Tube Clip - 4

'Harvest Moon'
by Angy Morton

Lavish & Lush - The Joker Lavish & Luxe
25 November. 2009
You Tube Clip - 10

'The Joker' (Liverpool)
by Angy Morton

Lavish & Luxe - Shades of Grey
Lavish & Luxe
25 November. 2009
You Tube Clip - 5

'Shades of Grey' (Newcastle United)
by Angy Morton

Lavish & Lush - Kings Road, Midnight Sun, Posh Lavish & Luxe
25 November. 2009
You Tube Clip - 11
'Midnight Sun', and 'Posh' (Manchester United)
by Angy Morton

Lavish & Luxe - It Could be You Lavish & Luxe
25 November. 2009
You Tube Clip - 6

'It Could Be You' (Leeds United)
by Angy Morton

Lavish & Lush - Alice in Sunderland Lavish & Luxe
25 November. 2009
You Tube Clip - 12

'Alice in Sunderland' (Sunderland)
by Angy Morton

I have to admit that I never watch my own outfits 'walking' down the runway. I am usually backstage helping the models to dress. That is my excuse. Instead, I prefer to wait until the storm has passed and we are on our way home in the car. Then I flick through the clip and pics on Mike's camera. Well, I must repeat that yesterday was a fantastic night for me, but it was also the end of a very tiring day. We had left home early after snatching a couple of hours sleep the night before, worried about warnings of further gales and heavy rain. I had no idea how we would make it through the Pennines if the weather was really bad. The A66 crossing Stainmore was wild - we passed one truck with its curtains flapping in the wind, and another blown off the road near the summit. The return journey during the small hours was even worse as we were driving into a storm with gale force winds and sleet. One of the slip roads was closed so we ended up following narrow roads between high hedgerows in the Cumbrian countryside. There was no chance of falling asleep as I was constantly afraid we would end up in a flood ... there was plenty or water but it wasn't so easy to see it in the dark. What has our beloved county done to deserve being hit like this? Thankfully though, as we approached home, the clouds cleared and the stars began to appear, one by one. What a relief!

The Premiership Collection
By Angy Morton

A unique, and spectacular fusion of fashion and football, inspired
by the chaos at Newcastle United.

Launch: 12
November, 2009
Venue: Eldon Garden,

Models: AM Models, Newcastle
Hair: YSalon, Newcastle

The collection will next be exhibited at:

25 November 2009 - Lavish & Luxe Fashion Event, Wynyard Hall

Provisional: 21 December 2009 - Fashion Event, O2 Academy. Liverpool

My new Stolen Dreams Collection was launched at Eldon Garden, Newcastle on Thursday, 12 November 2009.
A huge thanks to Leah at AM Models, photographers Mark Wilson, Gordon Mackinnon and Mike Urwin, Angela and Les at YSalon for hair styles,
Lynne at Eldon Garden, Graham at NE1, Coreena at the Sunday Sun, and Bernice and Sarah at Sorted PR, without which, this event would not have been possible.

AM Model Agency Ltd - the Premier Model Agency in Newcastle and the North East
11 St. Mary's Place, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7PG Tel. 0191 233 1420

YSalon - a name which has become synonymous with excellence in wearable hair in Newcastle
Eldon Gardens, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RA Tel. 0191 230 1010

Mark Wilson Photography - a unique service based on extensive experience photographing model portfolios, portraits and weddings
26, St. Albans View, Shiremoor, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE27 0UH Tel. 0191 291 3312

Eldon Garden - a totally unique destination shopping centre in the heart of the Newcastle city centre
Percy Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RA

Sorted Public Relations & Event Management - an exciting and dynamic consultancy
Suite 3, Maling Studios, Hoults Estate, Walker Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 2HL Tel. 0191 265 6111

Stolen Dreams Selection

'Shades of Grey'
'Alice in Sunderland'
'Sold down the Line'
'Stolen Dream'
'Humbug', 'Chaos'
'The Joker'
'School of Art', 'Hope'
It Could be You'

Models: AM Models
Photo: Gordon Mackinnon


You can't believe the sheer power of water until a flood hits you. Thankfully, we haven't been flooded out but there are people in Cockermouth, Ulverston, Kendal and Workington, and much closer in Backbarrow, that have been over the last two days. We also have friends caught in Seathwaite, the wettest place in the country, where over 300 mm of rain fell on Wednesday and Thursday! They are trapped in their home with water pouring through the floor and the walls. Our sympathy goes out to all of them. I cannot even begin to imagine how it is to lose everything, especially sentimental possessions, and to see the water coming into the place you call home. It can only be your worst nightmare.

One of the things you learn when you live in the Lake District is that you don't really notice the rain. I'm not bothered by it, but it is wonderful when, at the end of a wet day, or week, the weather begins to clear and you see blue sky again. Then, everything feels clean and shiny, and you can really begin to appreciate the crystal clear water of the lakes. This is the Lake District. It rains. Otherwise we would have no lakes, so don't be surprised if it rains during your fortnight holiday here. Learn to appreciate it! But, the rain that has fallen over the last 48 hours was very different. It was very heavy, never-ending, and to make matters worse, it followed weeks of wet weather.

A two metre high signpost at Fell Foot Park, yesterday

Photos, from left to right, top to bottom:

The main A592 on Friday morning, blocked at Staveley in Cartmel, near Newby Bridge, by flood waters from Lake Windermere.

Windermere and the Leven Valley from Gummers How. The flood extends south-east, away from the river to the main A590. Before the last Ice Age, the river flowed this way, cutting through the Cartmel Peninsula to reach the sea.

Water floods over the A592, to reach the A590 in the background where there was a 5 mile tailback from the Newby Bridge roundabout by mid-morning.

Flood waters at Bowland Bridge in the afternoon. This had been a little stream. The fell road over Gummers How to the Winster Valley was open, but strewn with debris such as branches and large rocks. Water was still pouring from the hillsides as darkness approached, despite clear skies for most of the day.

We awoke on Thursday morning to find a pool in front of the door, and water from the road pouring into it. Mike was straight out, clearing the drains, and building a dam to divert the water away from the house. It was coming from everywhere - from the clouds, from the mountainside, out of gardens, and down the road in a torrent which soon rose to cover half of the road, bringing with it leaves, twigs and gravel and blocking drains further down the hill. It continued relentlessly throughout the day, and by late afternoon the Police had closed off our road from Newby Bridge through to Bowness. By then the lake had burst its banks and had flooded over the road, creating islands and cutting us off. Was I worried? Yes, I was. Very worried! We didn't sleep too well and kept popping out into the rain, to clear the drain and check the torrent hadn't broken through alongside the house. We listened to Radio Cumbria through much of the might - that really put things into perspective as we heard about the unfolding situation in Cockermouth where the river had flooded the entire main street and people were being evacuated, and Ulverston where water was beginning to flow up through floor boards. You can't match local radio for providing support, comfort and information at times like this.

Sunset reflected in a flooded Windermere,
Fell Foot Park

The rainfall on thursday night was the highest in Cumbria since records began, more than a month's average rainfall in just one night. Even more in some places such as Borrowdale, and in Seathwaite which received more than 300mm. Bridges were swept away by the River Derwent in Workington and, sady, a policeman lost his life trying to help. Many people were made homeless by rising waters. The weather began to clear by Friday morning. The internet service was down, and the road was blocked at either side of us, so we decided to take a walk. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw how high Windermere was - shocking, shocking, shocking. Just see the pictures. Most of Fell Foot Park was under the water including path that followed the shore, signposts, and the tea room, which was half submerged. We thought the storms in 2005 and the floods in 2007 were unusual, but I am beginning to fear that that was just the beginning - we are going to have to get used to more and more extreme weather in the future.

Windermere is the biggest natural lake in England, over ten miles long. You would naturally think that a couple of days of rain would make little or no difference ... oh, how wrong you would be. Pictures can say a million words ....

Windermere (Wikipedia)

BBC Cumbria - local news updates

NOTE: the Fashion Show at St. Anne's Church, Haverthwaite, scheduled for 20 November, has been postponed until 11 December, 2009 due to the severe floods which affected Backbarrow, Haverthwaite, Newby Bridge and Lakeside.

Photos, from left to right, top to bottom:

Sunset at Fell Foot park, Windermere. Much of the park is still submerged under flood waters.

Tea room and gift shop at Fell Foot park, inundated by the rising waters. These buildings were originally boathouses belonging to the former Fell Foot house - no wonder, they regularly suffer when the lake rises - though not to this extent.

The bridge at Newby Bridge on Saturday morning. The river has almost reached the tops of the outer arches. the adjacent properties, including the Swan Hotel were flooded.

The Whitewater Bridge at Backbarrow onSaturday morning. You can barely see the arch of this old stone bridge which is now submerged and acting as a dam. The parapets have already been washed away, and the adjacent Whitewater Hotel is swamped with water. The River Leven creates the largest waterfall in the lake District here (by volume of water). It's highest flood level prior to this week is marked on the bridge - well below the current water level. On Friday the level here was a foot or so higher. We can only hope that the bridge will continue to resist the pressure.


Newcastle has been named 'Britain's Greenest City', ahead of Bristol, Brighton and London, in a survey to test the sustainability of our 20 biggest cities. This is assessed in terms of air quality, wildlife and quality of life. It also measures the residents' ecological footprint for each city in terms of the amount of land required to provide them with food, transport, housing, goods and services. It also proves that a city can overcome it's legacy of industrial heritage to move forward in terms of planning for the future and quality of life. Fantastic news!

Click to see BBC: Newcastle Britain's 'Greenest' City


Phew! A lie in at last! What a fabulous week. Hard work and sleepless nights, but I think it was worth it.

The week kicked off with a 7am radio interview at Radio Cumbria in Carlisle, then a dash over the frost covered Pennines for a morning press call at St. James Park. I had no idea what to expect but it all went very well. The models were professionals, hair and make-up perfect, and even the sun shone down for a change. The poor girls were frozen by the end of a couple of hours posing for photos around the stadium, but as you can see from the results it was all worth it. Photos have appeared over the week in the Chronicle, Journal, Westmorland Gazette, and the Sunderland Echo - see links below, and on my Press page. More will follow in due course. There were other meetings including a recce of Eldon Gardens, and a rush back to town through the rush hour traffic for an intervirew at BBC Radio Newcastle. Not sure how Mike managed to keep his nerve and find his way through all those red traffic lights, one way streets and bus lanes - but unbelievably we arrived - on time!

''Alice in Sunderland' and 'Hope', modelled by Sarah Bell and Kate Hindhaugh
Press call for Stolen Dreams at St.James' Park, 9 November, 2009
Photographs: Mike Urwin

Wednesday saw another 5am start, after burning the midnight oil with final prepartions - another mad dash over the Pennines and through the rush hour traffic. Not sure how many more mornings I can survive - ' I'm a night bird! This time it was an early start for a full day photo shoot with four models, Zoe, Gemma, Chloe and Alex, from AM Models. We also had a hairstylist from YSalon and a make-up artist. We started in the Central Arcade and had planned to move onto Grey Street. However, it was cold and wet outside and the backdrop in the Arcade was so good that we filmed all four models there. Our photographers, Mark and Gordon, were fantastic - patient, meticulous, and perfectionists with regards to getting the light balance just right. Unless you have worked with models in the past, like I have, you don't realise just how much time and work goes into getting that perfect shot. Four dresses took us until lunchtime. Then it was another crazy rush across town, this time to Gordon's studio in Bedlington.

I have to admit I learned a lot of new words from Mike on that 'short' trip into Northumberland, and I don't mean phrases like 'no car lane', 'Sunday driver', or even 'cul-de-sac'. No, they were mainly adjectives! Well, after negotiating every possible junction on the central motorway from every possible direction, doing five laps of Gosforth, and an equal number of Cramlington, we finally reached our destination. There were dresses everywhere by the time we had finished. No idea how many we actually filmed but it getting dark when we finally headed back into town to snatch some sleep before starting all over again. I will be publishing some of the photos in due course so watch this space.

''Kings Road' and 'The Joker', modelled by Sarah Bell and Kate Hindhaugh
Press call for Stolen Dreams at St.James' Park, 9 November, 2009
Photographs: Mike Urwin

On Thursday we were up at the crack of dawn once more, loading the gowns back into the car for a brief hop over to Eldon Garden. We had the use of an empty shop for make-up and dressing which was perfect. The models arrived on time - 14 models this time, so you can imagine the potential for disaster! However, all went very smoothly. Les and his collegues worked tirelessly in YSalon on wacky hairstyles, and the girls then moved over for make-up and fitting. The first catwalk took place on the upper floor, weaving between exclusive boutiques, jewellery shops and so on. All our photographers were there snapping away, in addition to a press photographer. The dresses looked fabulous on the girls - a sea of colour. Those representing clubs that had refused permission for me to exhibit had 'Not Approved' comments covering logos. others showed 'No Comment' while those from open-minded, forward thinking clubs were revealed in their full splendour! After the second brief show, on the lower floor, most of the girls were reluctant to undress so, following an inspired suggestion by Mike Urwin, we bundled most of them into a lift, and took them down onto Percy Street. The sun was shining so they were marched along the street and over the busy Pelican crossing at the end of Haymarket, for a Beatles' 'Abbey Road' shot. To a chorus of wolf whistles and hoots they posed in the middle of the road before heading back to Eldon Garden. You can see a couple of Mike Urwin's photos from the event in the Journal and Chronicle articles (below) but I am saving the best for later!

So, that was that! The launch of Stolen Dreams - against all odds. At times it has seemed as if everything that could go wrong has gone wrong over the last six months, but on the day it looked fab. Further shows will follow including Wynyard Hall, and Liverpool, where the full collection will be exhibited for the first time. Meanwhile, a huge thanks once more for all those genuine people, real friends, that worked hard to help me - from Mark, Gordon and Mike, the photographers to Coreena at NCJ and Lana at Aspire who gave me the confidence not to give up everytime there was another setback. For Bernice and Sarah for their hard work on Monday, and for YSalon and the make-up artists who did a superb job, and of course for the Leah at AM Models who brought calmness to what could have been a very stressful time, and the models themselves who were superb. Last but not least there was Lynne at Eldon Gardens who could see what I was tring to achieve, and her good-humoured team of helpers and security guards who assisted with every detail from music, to polishing the floors for the catwalks. Thank you!


Stolen Dreams by Angy Morton Stolen Dreams
Launch at Eldon Garden, Newcastle
12 November. 2009
You Tube Clip

Models: AM Models
Hair: YSalon

Stolen Dreams by Angy Morton Stolen Dreams
Launch at Eldon Garden, Newcastle:
Catwalk on Percy Street
12 November. 2009
You Tube Clip

Models: AM Models
Hair: YSalon


'I've designs on your kit' Sunday Sun - 8 November, 2009 - 0.5mb PDF

'Dresses making some Football Clubs crazy'. The Journal - 10 November, 2009 - 0.5mb PDF

also. Journal weblink

'Are these the sexiest Sunderland and Newcastle strips ever?' Sunderland Echo - 10 November, 2009 (weblink)

'Football frocks given Red Card' Westmorland Gazette - 12 November, 2009 - 0.6mb PDF

also. Westmorland Gazette weblink

'Models put on a strip for Shoppers' The Journal - 13 November, 2009 - 0.6mb PDF

'Dedicated Followers' Evening Chronicle - 13 November, 2009 - 0.4mb PDF

POSTSCRIPT: I thought you might like to meet this little 'character'. He watches over the cathedral, scares the living daylights out of the unwary who venture through the graveyard on a misty evening (me included), and is often referred to in Newcastle as the 'Vampire Rabbit'. Perhaps it would be more appropriate if he was repositioned over the Gallowgate end as a warning to anybody planning to meddle with the name of St James' Park! I see that Sting, Tim Healy and Jimmy Nail have all added their names to the growing list of protesters - I added my name to the NUST petition a few days ago ... have you? Click here to make your voice heard: SAVE ST JAMES' PARK

Anyway, I digress ... since the launch, I enjoyed a superb pizza at an Italian restaurant at the bottom of Dean Street, savoured a long overdue glass or two of red wine, slept soundly, enjoyed a leisurely stroll around the park at Jesmond Dene and even squeezed in a visit to my favourite fish and chip shop, Crosby's in Whitehaven, before putting my feet up at home. And that was on Friday 13th ... so perhaps the Vampire Rabbit is watching out for me!



A fashion designer who is defying a red card ban from some of the country’s top soccer clubs will be unveiling her football inspired collection in the North East next week.
Avante garde designer Angy Morton has created a whole range of fantasy evening wear using the soccer strips of some of the UK’s top teams.
And while some have given her the go-ahead to show her collection, others have forbidden her to use their branding and logo.
But Angy, from Cumbria, is determined to show her “Stolen Dreams” dresses as planned and will unveil them at a catwalk event being held at Newcastle’s Eldon Gardens on Thursday (November 12).
“Stolen Dreams is a unique fusion of fashion and football which has been inspired by the ups and downs of top flight football,” she said.
“This is an artistic collection. All of my outfits are unique, one-off designs created to raise my profile as a new designer and awareness of my rather unusual creativity.
“They are not intended for sale.”
North East teams such as Sunderland and Newcastle have given Angy their blessing as have leading sportswear manufacturers Umbro but she’s had a resounding no from Chelsea and Liverpool who have said she can’t use their logo or trademark – despite the fact that the dresses are not for sale.
But Angy has come up with a unique way to beat the ban – and now intends to make some minor alterations to ensure these one-off pieces can take to the catwalk.

TIME – 10.30 am

For further information or to confirm your attendance please call
Sorted PR on 0191 265 6111
November 6 2009


STOLEN DREAMS is a spectacular collection of evening gowns, cocktail dresses and other Avant-Garde outfits created from football replica strips. It was originally inspired by my protest at Kevin Keegan leaving Newcastle United when I ripped up my replica shirts and used them to make a wedding dress. That lead me to look more closely at the connections between football and fashion, and in particular the lack of designer or other 'nice' clothing aimed specifically at female fans. Yes, there are rather bland hooded tops, glittery sweat shirts, ladies fit replica shirts and even a few saucier items clearly marketed at a male audience to buy for their partners! The offer varies from club to club, but there does seem to be a huge gap between what is on offer and the number of female fans, who might like to wear something sylish on a Saturday evening, and still support their club. Indeed, I would like to use my experience from this collection to create a series of ready-to-wear designer garments in collaboration with select clubs or manufacturers in the future.

Nevertheless, football is still very much a man's world - just look at all the comments I received when I 'defaced' those 'sacred' shirts the first time - it is as if the whole subject is taboo. And, now I am beginning to wonder if some of the refusals I have received from certain, narrow-minded, clubs are more to do with this, than with abusing copyrights or logos! Nobody can copy or mass produce these creations - they are one-off, haute couture dresses that have each taken me two weeks or more of continuous work, from design to final stitch. None of them are for sale or for commercial use, though I do hope that they draw attention to my creativity - as any artist would wish from an exhibition of their work.

The other inspiration for Stolen Dreams was the whole issue of big money in top flight football - sums that are incomprehensible to the person on the street. For example, look at Ronaldo - one player sold for more than the asking price for one of our biggest clubs. The Newcastle saga alone has been a pantomime which has presented me with many ideas, though there is also an interesting contradiction because the regime there have always stated that they wanted to bring down costs, including the cost of over paid players, and to develop new players. It is just a pity that this seems to have been coupled with some very poor decisions, and serious PR home goals! But it is not just Newcastle. My heart bleeds for Leeds fans ... they learned the hard way. And the danger doesn't only rest with clubs that might be facing relegation from the Premiership. Look at the overdrafts or salary bills for some of the top flight clubs. It wouldn't take much to topple them - a refused extension on an overdraft, a wealthy owner pulling the plug, and so on. All of this affects the fans too - just look at the cost for merchandising. Three or four new replica shirts per season, soaring costs of season tickets to fund the ever growing costs - it is as if they are losing touch with reality. Again, the concept of recycling replica shirts possibly strikes terror, but only a fool would think it would affect their revenue. My idea is to make something wearable from an old shirt that might otherwise be thrown away to contribute to the carbon footprint. Of course many fans will treasure old shirts for ever, and any loyal fan would still buy another next season regardless!

'Stolen Dreams' represents a selection of Premiership clubs, Newcastle, Celtic and Leeds. I may even extend the collection for future shows. It is a colourful collection based on home and away colours. Many of the shirts are those for the 2008-2009 season. As you can appreciate it is difficult to keep up with changes, and it takes time to invest in the shirts with up to four being used for certain creations. The collection has taken me over nine months to complete, and there are still a few ongoing designs in the studio. Each of my designs carries a theme or a hidden meaning. I have listed them below for your amusement. The collection will be exhibited at catwalk shows over the next few months, so please keep an eye on my events diary above. Sadly, for the time being, some of these spectacular dresses will carry badges and notices covering logos where they have not been approved. Such a pity because the effect is lost, but there others will be exhibited in their full glory with the full blessing of the respective clubs they represent.

'Kings Road' and 'The Joker'
Modelled by Kate and Sarah
Press call for Stolen Dreams
St.James' Park, 9 November, 2009
Photograph: Mike Urwin

'Alice in Sunderland'
Modelled by Sarah Bell
Photograph: Mike Urwin



The Five dresses which represent Newcastle United chronicle the pantomime saga that has been played out over the year or so, cullminating in the latest scheme to rename St James' Park as 'Sports Direct @ St James' Park Arena'! However, the last dress in this sub-collection symbolises the eternal optimism of loyal Toon fans - 44,000 at a championship match against Doncaster says it all.

'Shades of Grey' The original Newcastle wedding dress; designed out of frustration as a protest at the departure of Kevin Keegan
'Cockney Mafia' Cocktail dress; Newcastle colours peeling away to reveal Spurs; the name says it all - remember the banners?
'Sold down the line' Simple 80s style dress based on ‘Shay Given’ Goalkeeper shirt; represents the exodus of players; the simplicity of this design demonstrates that anybody can recycle their old replica shirts – some clubs can issue up to four shirts per season, all of them at over £ 40.00 each – home, away and one or two extras, no forget goalkeeper shirts.
'Chaos' Evening dress made from tatters of new and old, home and away shirts fixed on a framework made from string bags. It was inspired by the ongoing chaos at NUFC – the club lurching from one crisis to another such as the controversial yellow strips, and the threadbare nature of the squad. The name Ashley has been ripped away from the rear cheek to leave a hole!
'Hope' Stylish evening dress representing the optimism that came with Shearer’s appointment before relegation, and continues with the hope that things may still improve and that we will be promoted back to the premiership.
There are also variations on SHADES OF GREY and HOPE

'Alice in Sunderland' Spectacular ‘Gothic’ fantasy costume celebrating Lewis Carroll who made many visits to the Sunderland area. The costume represents a mythical dragon based on the legend of the Lambton Worm which allegedly was the original inspiration for the Jabberwocky.

'Posh' Chic, stylish, sexy red and white evening dress – inspired by the WAGS stereotype, usually applied to the Cheshire set. It suggests money, exhibitionism, but also style.

'Loadsamoney' 80s style, evening dress – symbolising ostentatious wealth, or more money than sense. Represents the attempt by Manchester City and other wealthy clubs, before them, to buy success - a risky strategy when you look at the amount of debt certain clubs are carrying.

'The Joker' Extravagant, fun but elegant, red and harlequin dress; celebrates the fabulous comedy and humour of Liverpool, together with the city's endless creativity and cultural heritage

'Humbug' Blue and yellow 20’s art deco style party dress; recalling the elegance of transatlantic travel, when Liverpool was the gateway to New York and the New World; celebrates the city’s long tradition of multiculturalism

'Northern Soul' Eye-catching blue and Day-Glo yellow party dress with separate collars – recalls Northern Soul and the night clubs scene which put Wigan on the map from the 80s onwards; a contrast to the usual stereotypes applied to a northern mill town

'Stolen Dream' A ‘new romantic’ combination of grey and orange Hull shirts. This beautiful outfit was inspired by the romance of the infamous highwaymen, particularly Dick Turpin who was almost a local celebrity, . It represents the Premiership dream stolen from Newcastle at the last second of the 2008-9 Season, when Hull stayed up and Newcastle were relegated. A second variation substitutes a corset or the jacket.

'Industry' The dark red and light blue colours of Aston Villa recall rust and steel, and the explosion of the industrial revolution which developed around the Black Country. The dramatic design of the dress is inspired by molten metal being poured in a foundry.

'Chic' 60s style short red and yellow dress – Swinging Sixties with a hint of Parisian chic – the French Connection

'School of Art' Green & white corset with a lowing skirt of emerald green roses - couldn't resist a touch of Rennie Mackintosh
'Old Firm' A variation with layers of Buchanan tartan and hood replacing the roses to recall the rivalry of the Old Firm; historically, Buchanan might be more akin to Rangers than Celtic, but the tartan blenmds well with the main colours and signifies tradition

'It could be You' As a Newcastle supporter, I have great respect for the long-suffering fans of Leeds. The design is a Gothic, cloaked gown enclosing a white wedding dress - with its swept back hat this outfit hints at the silhouette of the Grim Reaper – a stark warning that no club, regardless of size is ever safe. This outfit mocks the folly of big money in football and is very relevant to the current season where there have been concerns over the level of debt of the big clubs – Manchester United, Liverpool and, especially Rangers, and fears for the survival of clubs that might be relegated.

Ongoing projects for future exhibition:

'Notlob' Unusual evening dress celebrating cotton weaving and the comics of Bolton. 'Notlob' was Bolton in the famous Monty Python ‘Blue Parrot’ sketch!

'Bubbles' Short cocktail dress inspired by the West Ham ‘bubbles song, with pearl motifs representing the Cockney Pearly Kings and Queens and their stronghold in the East End of London

Further photos will be published in due course.


At around 9pm every evening I say to myself, "That's it, time to call it a day - I cannot do this anymore!" But, at 3am, more often than not, I am still working on a dress, hat, charts or patterns, or I have fallen asleep in front of the laptop! Dedication or sheer madness? I sometimes wonder. I'll let you know when I find out myself.

And, on top of burning all that midnight oil, there is also that niggling fear - is it worth it? It's not surprising because I am often made to feel that I am nobody - just a small, insignificiant designer lost in the wilds of northern England - just because I dare to be artistic! More specifically, because I have had the nerve to play around with football strips that I have actually paid for. Replica shirts that actually belong to me! And now I find phones are not answered, emails are not replied to, permission is refused, and my work is censored. Jobsworths? People that are just too big to be bothered?

As an artist, when you are immersed in a project the last thing you worry about is red tape - requiring approval for this or that. I have a creative mind, I am not a liar, a thief nor a cheat. I just want to create something new, different, exciting. I don't stand on bodies to reach my goal, like others do. Yes, I know it is a jungle out there, and that sometimes you have to be ruthless, but I'm just not like that. I've been in the rat race for a number of years and I will certainly not rush back. Thanks but no thanks.

Read the press release posted above, and I will tell you more after the press call ... however., before signing off I would like to pass on my thanks for all of those people who still live in the real world, and were kind enough to recognise what I am trying to achieve.


Just when I thought thing's couldn't get any worse ... they did! I have sometimes been called for being negative but I have had so many 'hopes' shattered during my life that I am no longer surprised when something the other side of white happens. And today it did. Ashley is no longer selling the club. He has apppinted Hughton as manager and appears to be gambling on a quick return to the Premiership to cut his losses. And to make matters worse, to add insult to injury, he has dropped another bombshell - selling the naming rights of St James' Park. Or is it another smokescreen? 120 years or so of tradition flushed down the toilet for a few more bucks. I can just see it now - the 'Sports Direct Stadium' - the 'Poundsavers' of the football world.

Surely there has to be a law or a regulatory body that can say 'enough is enough'. I know it is his money, his club, his toy to play with and throw out of his pram as he pleases, but surely there must be a limit? Surely he can't just stamp on 120 years of proud tradition like this. Can he? Or, maybe I'm just a naive girl with tears in her eyes.

The more I consider the rumour Ashley made a bet with another Spurs supporter that he would bring Newcastle to its knees, the more I am beginning to believe it. How else can you explain the mismanagement ... and the lies? And what next? It doesn't bear thinking about. Many fans are talking of boycotts or protests. Maybe they are right. I certainly don't agree with the appeasers. Sure, get behind the club, but nobody can trust Ashley to invest - can they? I certainly struggle to believe anything he says. Premiership? Dream on! There are only a few points separating the top ten clubs so without forward planning, good management and investment what is the chance we will go up? And if we do, then what? Call it pessimism if you like but on the balance I would call it realism. Please, please Mike Ashley - prove me wrong!

This man has made a mockery of the club, the fans, and even the city of Newcastle - a saga that is a match for any Christmas pantomime. I believe in this club and in its proud fans, and I am not prepared to stand by while they dismantle it to line their pockets. I stood up to a dictator once before - a real one - twenty years ago, on a bitterly cold, winter's day, shouting until I could shout no more, bullets whistling past my ears, defying the tanks with thousands of other people Standing up for what I believed in ... for liberty and justice. But that is another story.

Anyway, I came across the poem on the right in a blog in this morning's Chronicle. It sums up what my new collection, 'Stolen Dreams' is all about perfectly - I couldn't have put it better. The author, Spence, has kindly allowed me to reproduce it here:

PS. Situation summed up nicely by George Caulkin in The Times - see the article:

Renaming St James' Park is a flawed notion which must not and cannot stand

And, John Gibson writing in the Chronice:

NUFC prospects bleak as long as Ashley is in charge

The State Of Play, (In the English Game)
By Spence

The pitch war rages; It's kick off time
The cloth cap Kings begin to sing
Weather worn faces chant in line
Cursing and urging the team to win

But behind closed doors
There's so much more
Than there was before
A Brand
A Label
Transfer cash on the table
Agents and players
On maximum wages

It's the state of play in the English game
'The Beautiful Game' of the proletariat
The Prawn Sandwich Brigade support the overpaid
While we're being used to feed the fattest of cats

Billionaire 'benefactors'
Out paying all detractors
Gangster wheeler dealers
Totalitarian ex-leaders
Sweat shop merchandisers
Buying clubs then capitalising

The punters cough up the coffers
Ticket prices always rising? Not surprising
Cheap 'this and that' tat that up's the profit
Multi millions in sponsors and advertising

Grand ground improvement schemes
Who'll build the next Theatre of Dreams?
At the cost of those who have the least
The ones who turn up every other week

We pay for those in the directors box
Who throw money around like it's out of date
A continual profit at the supporters cost
Those cloth cap Kings outside the gates


The pitch war rages; It's kick off time
The cloth cap Kings begin to sing
Weather worn faces chant in line
Cursing and urging the team to win

LAVISH & LUXE at Wynyard Hall
The North East's Exclusive Fashion Event
Wednesday, 25 November 2009; 19:00 to Midnight;
Tickets: £40.00-50.00 per person; call 0191 204 3310

The Lavish & Luxe Fashion Extravaganza starts at 7 pm and runs through until midnight. It promises to be a fab evening. The show will be compered by Scott Henshall, designer and TV fashion expert, who has celebrity clients such as Madonna. Victoria Beckham, Kylie and Dani Minogue. The show will begin with a Champagne reception and canapes, then the fashion show with four companies exhibiting on the catwalk - including Psyche, House of Fraser, and myself.

The Catwalk Show at Lavish & Luxe will feature my NEW STOLEN DREAMS COLLECTION!

Download an application form here: Lavish & Luxe 0.3mb PDF

My previous Posts:

SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2009 Stolen Dreams - Gambling Man - Autumn - Laughing Stock - Justice - Broken Promises
AUGUST 2009 Lavish & Luxe - Weddings - Chaos - Photo Shoot at St. James' Park - Harvest Time
JUNE - JULY 2009 Sir Bobby Robson RIP - Mannekins - Liverpool - Georgian Splendour - Price of Fame - Detox
MAY - JUNE 2009
(Toon in Tatters - Fashion Communism - Ele Horsleys - Kittiwakes - Stolen Dreams - Bluebells)
MARCH - APRIL 2009 Made in England - Stolen Dreams - Easter Sunshine - Victoriana - Alan Shearer - Funland
FEBRUARY - MARCH 2009 (Favourite View - Punk Revival - Fast Fashion v. Recycled Fashion)
JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2009 (In Search of Winter - A Favourite Place - Catwalk Videos - Winter Chill)
NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2008 (ROCS - Florence No2. - Winter-Mere)
OCTOBER - NOVEMBER 2008 (Cumbria Life - Glitz & Glamour Haggerston Craft Show)
OCTOBER 2008 (Woman Event - Catwalk Photos - Radio Cumbria - Brochure Download)
SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2008 (Newcastle United Wedding Dress - Wedding Shows)
AUGUST - SEPT. 2008 (Fashion Designers - Spectrum Collection - Sara Gadd)
JUNE - JULY 2008 (Haute Couture - Vivienne Westwood - Dorset Buttons - Magna Carta)
FEBRUARY - MAY 2008 (Lake District Inspirations - Long Blondes - Wedding Show)
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