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Second and third year students recently responded to a live brief competition, set by British womenswear brand, Hobbs. They created pieces to a design brief entitled ‘Workwear’, and 20 students have been shortlisted for the national final. Hobbs will now pick five designs to be manufactured and sold in selected Hobbs stores across the UK.
On Wednesday 16 March 2016, as part of ‘Fashion 360°’, NUA hosted a Q&A with international designer Orla Kiely OBE. Orla talked to students about her creative practice, influences and how she built her global brand. Orla also gave students an exclusive sneak preview of pieces from her new Autumn 2016 collection. Orla will continue to support NUA when she returns for our Graduation in June to be awarded an Honorary Doctorate.
As part of Norwich Fashion Week, NUA Fashion students exhibited their pieces and collections to the press and media at the ‘Fashion 360°’ event. Work was exhibited alongside selected designers and creatives including Sarah Angold and Knit, a local creative technology agency. Held annually, Norwich Fashion Week brings together fashion lovers, bloggers, designers and creatives to celebrate Norwich’s independent fashion houses and fashion community. Find out more about our involvement in Norwich Fashion Week.
Year three student Alice Potts was announced first runner-up in the prestigious FAD Competition final, organised by Fashion Awareness Direct. The event is hosted by Fashion Scout, as part of their official schedule for London Fashion Week, and featured designs by 17 undergraduate designers from 16 different UK universities. It is the only collaborative, undergraduate showcase of its kind to take place on the London catwalk. Julian Fuller, Head of Design at Debenhams presented Alice with her first runner-up award of £500. He described her collection as a ‘stand out entry’. Alice’s designs featured interlocked, neoprene jackets and origami paper silk tops, all made with minimal stitching.
NUA graduate Veronika Marshall will be showing at London Fashion Week on February 19th as part of ON|OFF X ARTS THREAD – Tomorrow’s Talent. Veronika was selected from hundreds of emerging designers to be part of the event. You can view Veronika’s winning collection here. Veronika whose collection is inspired by Punk culture explains “I created oversized, imperfect silhouettes with disturbing prints of organs, distorted with layers of fabrics and unnerving tactile qualities that a viewer can touch – the texture making them repulsed or enjoy the experience. Just like the Punk movement challenging the norms. The whole collection is about pushing the viewer to question, whether they find the ugly side ‘attractive’.”
Graduates Victoria Miller and Robyn Moynes (both 2015) were both selected among the top six graduate designers of 2015 to show collections at Emerging Designers at The Clothes Show, held at the NEC Birmingham in December. The “ones to watch” were interviewed by fashion journalist Hilary Alexander OBE on the OLYMPUS PEN Style Studio catwalk ahead of their collections being modelled.
The Fashion course has been awarded the Creative Skillset Tick, a highly influential and employer led quality mark for education and training. The University will be awarded the accolade by fashion industry legend Betty Jackson CBE, at a ceremony at the headquarters of Channel 4 attended by fashion industry and educational leaders.
Year Three student Sophie Georgia Morley has been named as the Best Student Designer at the Bridal Buyer Awards 2015.
Work by BA Fashion student Victoria Miller was selected for the Gala Show at Graduate Fashion Week 2015. Victoria, who is in her final year of study, will receive a trophy, a cash prize and her designs featured in press coverage including ID Magazine, The Times, The Independent, Drapers and Look Magazine promoting her work to an international audience.
Student Yu Miao has been selected by the Graduate Fashion Week Executive Board to be one of only eight students from across the UK to be part of the Press Preview for their high profile event. Her work was photographed by Rankin and styled by Fashion Director at Glamour magazine, Natalie Hartley. This extraordinary distinction will see Yu’s work featured in major national newspapers and magazines such as ES Magazine, Elle, Drapers, Wire, Time-Out and news agencies with global reach.
18 Fashion students showed their work on the London catwalks at Graduate Fashion Week. Read a press release for more on NUA’s GFW show.
Student Abigail Clarke has been named as a finalist in this year’s Warehouse Competition, a high profile opportunity for emerging design talent in the UK. Warehouse, a high street womenswear brand in the UK, partners with the British Fashion Council to sponsor the prize, which provides the winner a placement at the brand’s design studio. There the contest winner follows their collection through development to production, and then through the creation and launch of its marketing campaign.
Year Three students Sami Hogg (work pictured) and Amy Bull are among the young designers and artists on the longlist for i-D Magazine’s Diversity NOW! 2015 competition. The prize, supported by Graduate Fashion Week, Arts Thread and All Walks Beyond the Catwalk, is designed to encourage emerging talent to celebrate diversity and individuality in their work.
Fashion designer Betty Jackson CBE and journalist Hilary Alexander returned to the NUA campus to take part in making the selections of student work destined to be displayed on the catwalk at Graduate Fashion Week 2015.
An exhibition of student work from the Fashion and Textile Design courses has presented a range of creative garments and materials to the public. Organised by the Fashion Communication and Promotion course in conjunction with Norwich Fashion Week, the event was launched with an evening of talks that addressed issues of tradition, craftsmanship and innovation from speakers including Beatrice Korlekie Newman, Daniel Harris and Nick Thompson, co-founder of Knit, an award winning creative agency based in Norwich, will talk about their work and share insights on their innovative practice. Read a review of Creativity and Craftsmanship in the Eastern Daily Press.
Sophia Lemondine-Martin, Sophia Morley and Ng Yee Ki are celebrating being named on the shortlist for the Best Student Designer category of the Bridal Buyer Awards 2015. The three students are among 13 nominees from around the UK and will find out who has won at an awards ceremony on 14 September.
The “Oscars of the tailoring world” has shortlisted three fashion students from Norwich University of the Arts, who will be in the running to be named the most promising student or apprentice tailor in the UK at a glamorous gala event at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London on 16 March. The winner will be presented with the Golden Shears Award and a prize of £2,500,. The students, who are studying on the BA (Hons) Fashion course NUA, are all international students – Madara Rozensteina is from Latvia, Shahad Albeshr from Saudi Arabia and Yee Ki Ng from Hong Kong. Read the full press release.
NUA has announced its programme of visiting fashion lecturers for the 2014-15 academic year. Among the guest speakers are fashion designer and clothing creator Simeon Morris, fashion consultant Sarah Brennand and bespoke tailor Alexandra Wood. For a full rundown visit Course Content.
A photo report on the NUA catwalk at Graduate Fashion Week has been posted on Vogue online. See every outfit on Vogue.
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