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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 (NUA). Public tickets have gone on sale for the event, which will see professional models from Sandra Reynolds agency wear spectacular new garments designed and made by 23 students from the University as they prepare to complete their studies and move onto the next stage in their budding fashion careers.

Model weating student work

Work by Siobhan O’Keeffe

NUA’s Fashion Course Leader Sue Chowles says: “The students have developed their creative and conceptual ideas using innovative pattern-cutting methods and couture levels of craftsmanship. Through drive, focus and commitment the students have produced some innovative and beautifully refined collections which have set the benchmark for the future.”

The BA Fashion course at NUA teaches a balance of creative design and technical skill development, with students learning pattern-cutting methods, professional garment construction techniques and couture levels of craftsmanship. A state-of-the-art Fashion Studio provides students with the use of industry-standard sewing machines, industrial presses, fusing equipment, a buttonholer and full-size and quarter scale mannequins.

Professor John Last, Vice-Chancellor of NUA, says: “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.”

Shows will take place throughout the day for school groups and VIP industry guests, before the evening gala event which, for the first time, will make tickets available for the public. The event takes place on Wednesday 22 May and tickets, priced at £12.50, are available from the NUA website at www.nua.ac.uk/galafashionshow. This event is supported by Jarrold, Adnams and Howes Percival Solicitors.

Model wearing student work

Work by Dani Payton

Model wearing student work

Work by Sally Taylor

About the NUA Gala Fashion Show supporters

Howes Percival are a leading commercial law firm and our clients range from individuals and families to global businesses and government departments. We offer a wide range of legal expertise and are constantly investing in new specialisms to ensure that we can offer excellent advice to our clients across all aspects of their business.

Established in 1872, Adnams is best-known as a brewer of beer. The company also owns and runs hotels, makes hand-crafted spirirts and operates nearly a dozen Adnams Cellar & Kitchen Stores.

A family run department store at the heart of Norwich since 1823, Jarrolds offers a unique and contemporary shopping experience, with a sense of heritage. With five floors to explore you’ll find everything from exclusive fashion and beauty brands to furniture, kitchenware, toys, accessories, 3 restaurants and a deli.

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