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Lecturer’s styling collaboration success

The work of BA (Hons) Photography graduate Kerry Curl (pictured) in a collaboration with Fashion Communication and Promotion Lecturer Alex Hill has been selected to be one of 100 photographs to feature in the prestigious British Journal of Photography’s Portrait of Britain exhibition.
Chosen from more than 8,000 submissions, the work will be on show around the country on a network of digital screens in public places: from airports to shopping malls.
Kerry’s portrait came from a creative collaboration with the model, India, and Fashion Communication and Promotion Lecturer Alex Hill.
“Joined by mutual friend and stylist Alex Hill, we spent a sunny afternoon casually shooting in Norwich whilst watching music channels on TV and chain-drinking coffee. The shoot is part of a body of work which explores how a vintage influence can be contemporary; curating from the past does not mean that the images themselves are ‘retro’. These style influences are all around us in the here and now, they are current.”

Models on catwalk at Norwich Fashion Week shot by Paul Bayfield

Students exclusively blog for Norwich Fashion Week

BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion students gained key media and press experience in April and March 2017 by reviewing shows at Norwich Fashion Week (NFW). Students Anita Bell, Harriet Taylor, Rosie Bragg, Lauren Johnson and Lily Beech utilised their understanding of fashion brands combined with strong communication skills to review individual shows at NFW 2017. Read the blog reviews. Alongside Fashion Communication and Promotion students gaining this experience, Photography students shot behind the scenes and Fashion students illustrated catwalk shows.

Image credit: Paul Bayfield for Norwich Fashion Week

Norwich Fashion Week logo 2017

NUA at Norwich Fashion Week 2017

As part of a long history of support by Norwich University of the Arts, Fashion Communication and Promotion Lecturer Alex Hill leads masterclasses 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 fashion industry. Alex will be leading masterclasses in both Visual Merchandising and Developing Fashion Events. As part of this day, NUA 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 →

Sophie Chittock, FCP, Orange Label Project Work

Student awarded Second Place for UN Trust Orange Label Competition

Year 2 student Sophie Chittock has received second place in the Journalism category of the UN Trust Orange Label Project Student Competition. The Orange Label project is a collaboration between London College of Fashion and the UN Trust Fund (UNTF) to support their campaign to End Violence against Women. To mark the 20th anniversary of this campaign, UNTF created a series of creative projects and competitions aimed to engage the issue of violence against women with new audiences, particularly young people. Sophie’s winning editorial work (pictured) explores the statistic that 1 in 3 women experience physical or sexual violence at some point in their lifetime. You can find out more about the Orange Label Project here.

Orla Kiely in Lecture Theatre

Orla Kiely visits NUA students to talk about her renowned global design brand

As part of Norwich Fashion Week 2016, NUA held ‘Fashion 360°‘. Fashion Communication and Promotion course staff 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 peek of pieces from her new Autumn 2016 collection. Orla will continue to support NUA when she returns for our Graduation in June 2016 to be awarded an Honorary Doctorate.

Public look at pieces on display at Fashion 360

NUA Students exhibit pieces and collections at Norwich Fashion Week

As part of Norwich Fashion Week, students exhibited their work to the press and media at ‘Fashion 360°’. Work was exhibited alongside selected designers and creatives including Sarah Angold, Michelle Lowe-Holder, Tam Walsh and Knit, a local creative technology agency with global influence. Held annually, Norwich Fashion Week brings together fashion lovers, bloggers, designers and creatives to celebrate Norwich’s main retailers, independent fashion houses and fashion community. NUA Fashion Communication and Promotion Lecturer, Alex Hill, is a Director of Norwich Fashion Week and produces the NFW16 Fashion Excess show.

Take a 360° tour of NUA’s Fashion 360° event and exhibition with Orla Kiely as part of Norwich Fashion Week 2016. Click on the video and move your view to see more of the exhibition featuring work from accessories designer Sarah Angold, bespoke wig and costume designer Tam Walsh and award-winning creative agency Knit, who created this video.


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. Read a review of Creativity and Craftsmanship in the Eastern Daily Press.


Korlekie shows work at NUA

A dress made from leather lacing by Korlekie as worn by Rita Ora. This handmade dress took 72 hours to complete by designer Beatrice Korlekie Newman.


Kempadoo collection at NUA

At the Creativity and Craftsmanship event Yorkshire based milliner Kempadoo Millar exhibited three designs from a recent collection ‘Wires 15′, inspired by heritage headwear and being plugged in to contemporary culture.


Student work on show

BA (Hons) Fashion student Rosie Swainson exhibited her shirt design and concept boards for nu_leisure at the Creativity and Craftsmanship event. nu_leisure explores audience interaction with fashion via the platform of social media, in particular Instagram.

As part of Norwich Fashion Week 2015 NUA presented ‘A Fashion Showcase’ – an exhibition and evening of discussion exploring the theme of Creativity and Craftsmanship featuring designers such as Beatrice Korlekie Newman, Dashing Tweeds and Kempadoo Millar.

“It gave me an opportunity to talk to people about my work – like an elevator pitch. The event was a great to see other ways to present fashion, not just on the catwalk.”

Rosie Swainson
BA (Hons) Fashion student


Knit gives talk at NUA

Nick Thompson of Creative Agency Knit based in Norwich and London discussed the agency’s recent interactive window display designed to promote Hiut Denim at Rivet and Hide, London. By touching icons on the window printed in conductive ink, customers could hear the story of the Hiut brand and get details on the product. You can read Nick’s blog post about the event here.

Elsie Henderson

Graphics student exhibits design work for capsule wardrobe

BA (Hons) Graphic Communication student Elise Henderson exhibited her design concept for the You Can Now (YCN) Whistles Project brief as part of the Creativity and Craftsmanship event. This project explored the idea of a flexible capsule wardrobe and how it could be complimented by a range of interchangeable Whistles fragrances.

Amy Bull

Fashion student challenges tradition

BA (Hons) Fashion student Amy Bull exhibited concept work and knitted samples from her recent collection ‘Trust the Past Unseen’ a collection which aims to encapsulate feelings and moments challenging traditional production techniques.

Speakers and Harriet

Speakers from industry attend NUA event

Fashion Communication and Promotion Course Staff pictured with the Creativity and Craftsmanship speakers, Daniel Harris of the London Cloth Company, Nick Thompson of Knit Creative Agency and Beatrice Korlekie Newman, Creative Director at Korlekie.

NUA launches new course in Fashion Communication and Promotion

Norwich University of the Arts has announced the launch of a new undergraduate degree course in VFX which will begin in September 2015. BA Fashion Communication and Promotion will be a full-time, three year course with students acquiring the necessary creative and vocational skills to embark upon careers in the fashion industry and related sectors. The course will be practice-based and offer opportunities to collaborate on projects with existing courses.