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Black dress designed by NUA student Yan Ting Kwok for Britain's Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon

Student designs competition-winning dress for Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon

A little black dress designed by BA (Hons) Fashion student Yan Ting Kwok won a Graduate Fashion Week competition to create a red carpet gown for TV star Alesha Dixon. The Britain’s Got Talent judge will wear Yan’s striking design at a TV or gala event in the near future. Competition entrants were asked to demonstrate a range of skills: from the initial creative design to technical specifications, pattern-cutting and marketing plans. Yan’s design was selected by Miss Dixon, Hello Fashion Monthly’s editor-at-large Hilary Alexander OBE, and Mark Evans, CEO of Little Black Dress.

“It was a dream come true and hearing my name announced by Alesha Dixon as the winner was truly amazing,” Yan said. Miss Dixon added: “We were blown away by the standard of entries to the competition and we made our final selection [of Yan’s dress] based on the outstanding level of flair, skill and commitment shown.”

Sue Chowles, Course Leader for BA Fashion, said Yan’s design captured “Alesha’s personal style in a truly couture creation”.

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NUA graduate’s work features in New York Fashion Week

The concept of a “Create-Your-Own” sustainable clothing collection, devised whilst studying a BA Fashion course at NUA, has taken graduate Alice Potts to New York Fashion Week. Alice creates complex garments from a series of interlocking squares and was selected by designer management company Sechs Element as the finale of their catwalk show in New York in September. Alice, who is now studying at the Royal College of Art, said her collection had been warmly received by other designers during New York Fashion Week. “I really believe that the collection I made at my BA at NUA could be a really beneficial way of reducing fast fashion,” she said. See more of Alice’s work on her website.

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NUA at Norwich Fashion Week 2017

As part of a long history of support by Norwich University of the Arts, BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion Lecturer Alex Hill leads masterclasses on visual merchandising and fashion events as part of the highly popular ‘Design and Enterprise Day’ at Norwich Fashion Week on 15 March 2017. The Design and Enterprise Day is a busy day of events celebrating Norwich’s rich fashion and textile history whilst exploring the changing fashion industry. As part of this day, NUA Fashion students have access to a full day of events including industry sessions with shoe designer Start-rite Shoes, boutique fashion, music and creative agency, Felicities and a masterclass in Fashion Photography by specialist photography supplier, Wex Photographic.

Discover Norwich Fashion Week 2017 →

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Fashion icons select NUA work for London catwalk shows

International fashion designer, Betty Jackson CBE, and fashion editor and judge on Britain’s Next Top Model, Hilary Alexander, returned to the NUA campus to join BA Fashion Course Leader, Sue Chowles in selecting BA (Hons) Fashion student work for the catwalk at Graduate Fashion Week 2017.

Betty Jackson CBE, said, “An exciting day today spent at NUA viewing the graduate fashion collections. It was a very difficult choice as the standard was high throughout and the collections looked strong and innovative.”

Sue Chowles, Course Leader for BA Fashion at NUA, said, “Today has given students first-hand experience of having their work critiqued by highly regarded professionals.”

All of the work by NUA BA Fashion students can be viewed at the Degree Shows (27 June–5 July).

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Graduates create limited edition collection for John Lewis

Three BA (Hons) Fashion graduates have seen their designs hit stores nationwide as NUA launches an exclusive collaboration with John Lewis’s fashion line Kin. The three 2016 graduates Daina Ecaite, Alice Potts and Yee Ki Ng collaborated with the Kin design team whilst studying at NUA to create garments for the AW16 collection which takes its inspiration from Brutalist architecture, urban monochromatic prints and dramatic silhouettes. The 11 piece limited edition collection entitled Urban Poetry launches online and across six stores in the UK including Oxford Street and Peter Jones branches in London, Leeds and Liverpool.

NUA Fashion Course Leader Sue Chowles explains about the collaborative project, “Following our Creative Skillset Tick and accreditation, I was approached by Iain Ewing, Head of Womenswear Design and Helen Prior, Senior Womenswear Designer at John Lewis to work on a live’ project in collaboration with the Kin design team. The ‘live’ project has been a wonderful opportunity for the students to experience and be actively involved with the entire creative process from initial designs on the drawing board to final model fittings at head office.”

Urban Poetry is available to purchase instore and online at John Lewis.

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Student collections hit London catwalk at 2016 Graduate Fashion Week

16 students from BA (Hons) Fashion at NUA presented their collections on the London catwalk at Graduate Fashion Week on Sunday 5 June 2016. The student designers presented their final pieces at a packed catwalk show at London’s Truman Brewery to fashion houses, critics, bloggers and trendsetters. Third year, Alice Potts was also presented with the prestigious ‘David Band Textile Award’ for her collection, ‘Sacred Geometry’ (pictured).Explore 2016 Graduating Fashion student work.

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NUA student pieces selected for John Lewis ‘Kin’ range

Designs and pieces created by NUA Fashion students have been selected for the John Lewis ‘Kin’ ‘Limited Edition’ AW16 range. The creative team at John Lewis picked four pieces crafted by NUA student talent, with three students seeing their pieces sold through the John Lewis ‘Kin’ brand in selected stores and online. Kin was launched in 2013 with womenswear, menswear and childrenswear pieces designed with Scandinavian influences. AW16 Kin Limited Edition will be focused on modern evening wear.

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Fashion students create pieces for womenswear brand Hobbs

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.

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Orla Kiely talks to students about building a global design brand

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.

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Students exhibit at Norwich Fashion Week

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.

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Year three student announced first runner-up at London Fashion Week Competition 2016

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.

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Graduate selected from hundreds to exhibit at London Fashion Week

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’.”

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Two NUA graduates in top 6 at The Clothes Show

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.

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Course endorsed by industry

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.

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Student wins Bridal Buyer design award

Year Three student Sophie Georgia Morley has been named as the Best Student Designer at the Bridal Buyer Awards 2015.

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Student through to Gala Show at GFW

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.

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Student selected as one of 8 best in the UK

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.

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NUA fashion students show work on London catwalks

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.

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Student through to Warehouse finals

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.

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Students named on i-D longlist

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.

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Fashion icons take part in GFW selections

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.


Course exhibition promotes fashion creativity

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.

Three students shortlisted for bridal award

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.

3 students shortlisted for Golden Shears

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.


Fashion lecture programme announced

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.

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Vogue online profiles NUA student work

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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