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Graduate Fashion Week success for NUA

NUA students were nominated for the Mulberry Accessory and Fashion Photography awards at Graduate Fashion Week. The annual showcase of fashion student work provided students with opportunities to show their work on the NUA stand and speak to representatives from the fashion industry, with two NUA students securing placements with George by Asda.

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NUA student selected to represent Graduate Fashion Week

Graduating student Amy-Olivia Parish was selected among 12 fashion students across the country to have an image of her work used to promote Graduate Fashion Week. View the image on the Vogue website.

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Students prepare for Graduate Fashion Week

Following the success of the Gala Fashion Show, students will display selected work from their completed collections to the leading lights of the London fashion industry at Earls Court for Graduate Fashion Week. NUA’s Fashion Course Leader Sue Chowles says: “The course aims to produce industry-ready graduates with the relevant skills and attitude demanded by the workplace. Portfolio viewings organised through the British Fashion Council have already led to interest in our students from Italian Vogue, Selfridges, COS and London Ethnic. Graduate Fashion Week will provide a wider opportunity for the industry to see the innovative creativity and couture levels of craftsmanship taught by the course.”

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Courses garner regional award

NUA’s BA and MA Fashion courses earned the Sevenwolves Fashion and Costume Design Award at the 2013 Norfolk Arts Awards. The courses were praised for their balance between creativity and the development of the technical skills needed for the fashion industry.

I think I speak for us all when I say how inspiring the NU Fashion Show 2013 was. I am looking forward to following the careers of these graduates as they put Norwich Fashion on the map.

Michelle Jarrold
Director, Jarrold Retail and NUA Fashion Student of the Year Award selector

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NUA GALA Fashion Show 2013 showcases graduating work

A glamorous catwalk show at Norwich’s OPEN showed off the final year collections of the first graduating cohort of BA Fashion students. Tickets were sold to the public for the event, which saw professional models from Sandra Reynolds agency wear spectacular new garments designed and made by 23 students as they prepared to complete their studies and move onto the next stage in their budding fashion careers.

Professor John Last, Vice-Chancellor of NUA, said: “This year’s NUA Fashion Show represents a coming of age for the course and we are very excited to have our first cohort of graduates going out into the professional sphere. The work being produced by the Year 3 students is not only industry-standard but will bring fresh new outlooks to British fashion.”

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NUA Fashion Student of the Year announced

Siobhan O’Keeffe (pictured second from left) won the ‘Jarrold Student of the Year’ award at the NUA Gala Fashion Show 2013. The catwalk show, supported by Jarrold, gave graduating students the opportunity to show their work to the public and industry guests.


NUA students take part in British Fashion Council Portfolio Day

NUA’s first graduating cohort of students displayed their work to industry guests alongside other top graduate talent in a British Fashion Council organised portfolio day. Particular interest was shown in the work of a number of students by representatives from Italian Vogue, Selfridges, London Ethnic and COS, as well as Arts Thread who invited two students to submit portfolios for the Who’s Next Paris 2013 trade show.

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Gala fashion show heralds Norwich’s first crop of designers

A glamorous catwalk show at Norwich’s OPEN in May will show off the final year collections of the first graduating cohort of BA Fashion students from Norwich University of the Arts.

Van Dal to produce student shoe designs as prototypes

Norwich-based shoe company Van Dal has announced the winners of its shoe design competition for NUA students. Year 3 students Leanne Hindle and Helen Rix were joint winners for their loafer and court shoe designs – the two designs will now be produced by Van Dal’s factory in India as prototypes for consideration for its Spring and Summer 2014 collection.

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Date announced for NUA Fashion Show 2013

This year’s NUA Fashion Show will take place on Wednesday 22 May, providing an opportunity for graduating students to exhibit their final year collections in an exciting catwalk show. This year the show will take place at Open and is kindly supported by Jarrold, Adnams and Howes Percival Solicitors.

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NUA participation announced for Graduate Fashion Week

Among the details being announced for this year’s Graduate Fashion Week is the participation of Norwich University of the Arts. This summer will see the first cohort graduate from the BA Fashion course and the best of the student work will be on display at Earls Court for four days in June.

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Instore fashion show at John Lewis curated by NUA students

Students have curated an in-store fashion show at John Lewis in Norwich as part of Norwich Fashion Week. The project tasked the students to put the show together using only items available on the shop-floor, culminating in a catwalk event using professional models inshore on Saturday 9 March. The students also dressed one of the shop’s high-street windows.

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Catwalk show presents student work to VIP guests

The work of fashion students has drawn plaudits from a host of VIP guests at the NUA Fashion Show 2012. The event, which was held in NUA’s Duke Street Building in May, presented completed garments by students in years one and two of the BA Fashion course in a professional catwalk setting. The show’s sponsors included House of Fraser. Professional creative teams from The Gallery Haircutters and Louise Young taking care of the hair and make up respectively. VIP guests at the event included Hollywood actor John Hurt CBE and ITV Entertainment Correspondent Nina Nannar.

Norwich Lanes Fashion Show provides opportunity to show student work

Years 1 and 2 students showcased two collections at the Norwich Lanes Fashion Show in March. Year 1 work from the deconstruction/reconstruction collection, where second-hand clothing from Cancer Research UK is used to create innovative outfits, was shown alongside Year 2’s tailored collection of coats and jackets. Read an article about the show in the Eastern Daily Press.

These real-life projects give the students an insight on how they can fit into the fashion industry, giving them a platform to be recognised and boosting their confidence so that they feel able to sell their designs when they graduate.

Sue Chowles
Course Leader, BA Fashion

A catwalk model wears student work on the House of Fraser shop floor during Norwich Fashion Week

A spectacular show of fashion student work in House of Fraser

BA Fashion students put on a spectacular display of their work on the shop floor of House of Fraser to provide the finale of Norwich Fashion Week. The national retailer teamed up with the students to bring late night shopping to life with an in-store show of uniquely constructed garments displayed on shop mannequins and, for a live event, catwalk models. Items on display included work from NUA’s Deconstruction : Reconstruction project, which teaches Year One students to understand how garments are constructed by using clothes, bags and belts as basic materials to create new items. More items on show were from the Year Two students’ Bespoke Tailoring project, which followed on from a course visit to the House of Hardy Amies in Savile Row, London.

Harvey B-Brown with a NUA Fashion student

Designer/Director Harvey B-Brown lectures at NUA

Year 1 and Year 2 Fashion students were joined from students from other design disciplines for a guest lecture at NUA by Creative Director Harvey B-Brown. Harvey is well-known for producing visually explosive, genre-defining TV and cinema commercials and directing music videos for major artists including George Michael and Elton John. With his background in Fashion and Art-Direction Harvey has brought extraordinary visual flair to his Creative Directing work on behalf of clients such as Saatchi & Saatchi and the BBC. Watch a film about Harvey B-Brown’s visit to NUA.

It’s wonderful to show them that there’s much more that they can open their mind to – they’re learning a lot more than I ever did in college and it can open a lot more doors for them.

Harvey B-Brown
Creative Director

The creativity in the students’ designs is breathtaking and we are particularly impressed with the maturity of their designs at such an early stage in their career.

John Lewis Operations Manager Lesley George

Fashion Show 2011 draws plaudits

The first NUA Fashion Show, sponsored by John Lewis, drew a throng of VIP guests from the fashion design and retail industries to view the first two collections created by the Year 1 students. The catwalk show took place in May and used professional models and make up artists and was supported by L’Oreal, Top Shop, Pretty Polly, John Lewis, MAC, The Gallery Haircutters and Gutermann. Showings also took place for classes of school and college students with an interest in pursuing study in fashion and textiles.

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Students upcycle unwanted clothes

Fashion students have partnered with Cancer Research UK for a project focused on ‘upcycling’ unwanted second-hand garments. The charity donated over 70 bags of material that didn’t sell on the shop floor, which students transformed into creative, cutting-edge garments.