Norwich University of the Arts – A Fashion Success
It’s been a busy few weeks for fashion students at The Norwich University of the Arts, if you follow Norwich Fashion on Instagram, you’ll have seen the feed fill up with action shots of not one but two fashion shows as students showcase three years of work within their final collection.
Norwich itself has a deep rooted history in textiles, so it seems fitting that the university is producing work that is turning heads and making the fashion industry take notice. The first of the fashion shows took place at Open in Norwich, with hundreds of people attending to see the students final creations which showcased both wearable and more couture styles.
At this show student Nicolas Marcs was awarded the Creative Cut Award sponsored by The Gallery Haircutters and Chloe Fuller received the Fashion Student of the Year Award sponsored by Howes Percival.
Before the students work hit the Open catwalk however the next generation of designers got to present their work to a panel of industry experts including Fashion Director of The Daily Telegraph Hilary Alexander. Through this, students gained valuable feedback and advice on their designs. Some were selected to show their final collection at Graduate Fashion Week which is held in London and was the first year the university had been selected to show work, which again only reinforces the idea that this course is going from strength to strength.
We also went along to watch the Norwich students showcase at Graduate Fashion Week, which is a huge opportunity for students to get scouted by industry experts and fashion houses. This really is an exciting platform for the next generation of designers to have their work exposed to the world of fashion. Showcasing alongside Bath Spa University we had a nervous wait as Bath’s graduates took to the catwalk first with an impressive array of collections including chunky knits with feminine evening wear, delicate embroidery with knotted turbans and a men’s collection that stormed down catwalk with a threatening presence.
We’ve taken a look at each NUA designer on the Norwich Fashion Instagram account so pop over and take a look but a few of the students who took their work to GFW were…
Jessica Long’s collection had more than a nod to the Punk era. Tartans, braces and stripes in red, white and blue, the collection felt uber cool and had a very wearable street style feel to it.
Emma Silburn’s bold block colours brought an eye catching contrast to the more neutral shades seen in many of the previous collections we’d just watched hit the runway.
The Nicolas Marcs collection introduced dark drama with face masks, hoof like shoes and earthy tones combined with sharp tailoring and a truly magnificent cape which swooshed down the runway bringing a theatrical close to his final collection.
Grace Dugdale created a few smiles in the audience as her models hair took on a completely different and unexpected look with these huge oversized silver wigs and an amazing track we can’t stop humming! An altogether playful set with beautiful pastel shades, frills and oversized doll like dresses making it a memorable combination.
Well done to all the graduates and to everyone involved in the shows which were nothing short of remarkable. There’s a final degree show in July for NUA graduates across all mediums, for more information visit the NUA Events.
Special thanks also to recent NUA BA Photography graduate Laura Gardner for the images from the Norwich Show. You can see more of Laura’s work over on her Website and Laura will also have work displayed at the final degree show next month.
For all NUA Photographs check out the Gallery