NFW14 – Craft, Creativity, Couture at NUA
As part of Norwich Fashion Week 2014, Norwich University of the Arts hosted an evening that featured internationally renowned designers Juliana Sissons and Patrick Ian Hartley. It was a fantastically interesting event which allowed us to hear the designers talk about their work, from what inspires them to material choices and their explorations in fashion.
Juliana Sissons, a Fashion Designer in Residence at the V&A in 2010, talked of how the museum’s Medieval & Renaissance collection inspired her work and how researching the archives encouraged her to create pieces that were interchangeable and could be worn in several ways, with armour and it’s various forms of decoration having a huge influence on the materials and patterns used.
Patrick Ian Hartley, designer of unique, bespoke corsets and neckwear (which have been worn by Lady Gaga) discussed his own approach to craft and creativity and in a candid talk, shared the fact that he fell in to fashion quite by accident and it wasn’t a planned step in his facial corsetry work, which he had in fact developed as part of a body of work which looked at facial disfigurement of soldiers in the first world war.
Also speaking on the night was NUA course leader for Fashion Sue Chowles, who shared experiences of her many years of teaching fashion and highlighted some students who will be showcasing at the NUA graduate show in May. She also shared memories of her time working alongside designer John Flett. From hearing her share her thoughts on his work, it’s obvious that he had a huge impact on her career and in a touching tribute to Flett who died at just 27 years of age, we were shown a film of his work which showcased his autumn/winter 1998 collection.
This was an excellent addition to the Norwich Fashion Week 2014 events calender. Thanks to NUA and all the designers involved, for what was an insightful and inspiring evening of fashion and design.