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Students present their work on the catwalk at NUA Fashion Show

The public were joined by VIPs from the British fashion trade to see the work of Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) students in an industry-standard catwalk show at Open in Norwich. The NUA Fashion Show provides students graduating from the University’s BA Fashion course with a showcase for their final work, with each collection of six outfits modelled by professionals.

Work by Beth Panter at the NUA Fashion Show 2015

Work by Beth Panter at the NUA Fashion Show 2014, photography by Nikkala Ades (BA Photography)

Tickets were available to the public and the event was attended by over 800 guests, including students from regional schools and colleges for the daytime showings. Professional hair and makeup was provided by The Gallery Haircutters and Louise Young Cosmetics.

Sue Chowles, BA Fashion Course Leader at Norwich University of the Arts, says: “The show is a highly professional catwalk showcase for our students and is the final preparation for them to enter the fashion industry. The standard of work this year is outstanding, with some beautifully refined collections that show some exceptional levels of innovation and creativity.

Work by Tony Neave at the NUA Fashion Show 2015, photograph by Danielle Keane

Work by Tony Neave at the NUA Fashion Show 2014, photograph by Danielle Keane (BA Photography)

“One of my students has had her outfit selected for the Graduate Fashion Week previews in London, among the 12 best submissions from fashion students across the country. We are very proud of the quality of work and very excited about the futures of these students within the fashion and creative industries.”

Two students were recognised on the night with Chloe Fuller receiving the Fashion Student of the Year Award sponsored by Howes Percival and Nicolas Marcs wining the Creative Cut Award sponsored by The Gallery Haircutters.

Work by Gemma Marshall-Savage at the NUA Fashion Show 2015, photo by Neil Piper (BA Photography)

Work by Gemma Marshall-Savage at the NUA Fashion Show 2014, photo by Neil Piper (BA Photography)

Professor John Last, Vice-Chancellor of NUA, says: “The NUA Fashion Show ensures that the students graduate with a real expectation of what is required of them in the fashion industry. This year the course has earned a catwalk show at Graduate Fashion Week and the work on display is not only industry-standard but will bring fresh new outlooks to British fashion.”

The BA Fashion course combines conceptual and directional fashion design practices with a strong emphasis on creative pattern-cutting methods, professional garment construction techniques and couture levels of craftsmanship. Further opportunities to see the work from graduating fashion students will be at Graduate Fashion Week in London on Saturday 31 May – Tuesday 3 June, and at the NUA Degree Shows in Norwich on Wednesday 2 – Tuesday 8 July.

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