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In review: MA Fashion Degree Show 2018 by Amy Ollett

In review: MA Fashion Degree Show 2018 by Amy Ollett

Read a review of the MA Fashion Degree Show 2018 by Conceptual Fashion Designer and alumni, Amy Ollett.

MA Degree Show work by Annabel Leech showing a woman levitating in the air in Japanese shibari dress

Student work pictured above by Annabel Leech, image credit Kev Foster, modelled by Rachael Mansfield.

Walking into the 2018 MA Fashion show this year I felt a clear sense of relationship between the natural and unnatural, moving across one another to create forms beyond limitation yet with feet close to reality.

Exploring ideas of new and old techniques, crafted together to produce an identity for each student in this graduating class. Within each work showed clear high technical skill whilst testing emotional responses to the worlds around each MA student.

Identity became a strong theme for me as the MA work challenged physical states into forms and garments that carried awareness to the body and world around us. This show tests boundaries of what fashion can be, intriguing the audience into territories unknown for many within fashion.

"This show tests boundaries of what fashion can be, intriguing the audience into territories unknown for many within fashion. "

Amy Ollett

What struck me with Annabel Leech (Annabel Gaelle) was an image from her portfolio, the use of photography and movement to translate the boundaries and limitations created by her garments captured myself whilst her work intensely creates a presence within the room of MA Fashion.

Libby Double (work pictured below) inspired me with her dedication shown with her enormous amount of work on display, showing clear passion for creating beautiful yet natural garments and textiles. All of which carried a strong conceptual reference to the world around us and how it can be used to enrich what we create. 

MA Degree Show work from the MA Fashion exhibition by Libby Double showing petals on the floor with fabric by Libby Double

As well as the work of Libby and Annabel came striking silhouettes by Elizabeth Elliot (work pictured below) who transcended her research of historical fashion and techniques into elaborate and stunning forms.

The entire show became an experience for myself and I discovered not only about the graduating class but myself as dialogues were created between me, the work and the artists. One to not be missed!

NUA MA Degree Show 2018 runs from 31 August to Wednesday 5 September. Plan your visit now.

Mannequin in the MA Degree Show draped in white fabric designed by Elizabeth Elliot at Norwich University of the Arts