High Sheriffs will wear lace jabots made by NTU

1 May 2018

Lace jabotSpecially made jabots and cuffs inspired by historic lace designs will be worn by two High Sheriffs thanks to Nottingham Trent University.

Textile lecturers have used the original drawings of Nottingham lace designer, Harry Cross, to create the ceremonial clothing for the High Sheriffs of Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire. A jabot is an ornamental frill or ruffle on the front of a shirt or blouse, typically made of lace. The High Sheriffs wear the jabot and cuffs with a suit of black silk velvet for important events in their community.

Nottingham Trent University has close links to the region’s rich textile history and is home to the national Lace Archive, which contains the work of lace designer Harry Cross who is famous for designing the Battle of Britain lace panel in the 1940s.  One of the designer’s original drawings has now been used to inspire the lace jabots both Sheriffs will wear.

Dr Amanda Briggs-Goode, Head of Department for Fashion, Textiles and Knitwear Design, said: “Harry Cross is one of many designers who contributed to the success of the lace industry in the 20th century. He was a skilled designer and I am delighted that his skills can still be put to use today to represent the heritage of the city as part of these two ceremonial outfits.”

Harry Cross’ is work is kindly on loan to Nottingham Trent University by his granddaughters – alumna Dr Barbara Cross (PhD 2002) and Heather Day.



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