Following the success of the Gala Fashion Show in the city this week, Norwich’s most exciting new designers will display their work to the leading lights of the London fashion industry at Earls Court for Graduate Fashion Week. Fashion students from Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) will take selected work from their completed collections.
One of the students selected for the London showcase is Siobhan O’Keeffe, who was named NUA Fashion Student of the Year by show sponsors Jarrold. Siobhan’s collection of six outfits was inspired by the human body and included a ‘vein and flesh’ print dress which combined latex and mohair.
Siobhan O’Keeffe’s graduation collection at the NUA Gala Fashion Show 2013
Director of Jarrold Retail and Student of the Year Award selector Michelle Jarrold said: “I think I speak for us all when I say how inspiring the show was. I am looking forward to following the careers of these graduates as they put Norwich Fashion on the map.”
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.
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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