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Students to host catwalk fashion show

Students on the BA Fashion course at Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) are preparing for their inaugural catwalk show.

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NUA Fashion students prepare for their inaugural catwalk fashion show

On Wednesday 25th May students will show a selection of their designs in a gala show in NUA’s Duke Street Building for specially invited fashion industry representatives and local VIPs. Earlier in the day showings will take place for classes of school and college students with an interest in pursuing study in fashion and textiles.

Fashion Course Leader Sue Chowles says: “The Fashion Show is a wonderful opportunity for the students to showcase their design work in a professional context. Throughout the first year of the degree the students have been encouraged to challenge creativity within their work whilst maintaining consideration of creative pattern-cutting and professional garment construction techniques. The Fashion students have produced some exciting, innovative and inspirational work which will set a benchmark for future years.”

The event, which will feature professional models, will showcase work from the students’ first major project: Deconstruction-Reconstruction, which challenged them to create garments from unwanted second-hand clothing donated by Cancer Research UK. The designs on display will include garments made entirely out of sleeves and trouser legs and a kimono constructed from a raincoat. Other highlights include a range of dresses which explore and embrace the dynamic use of colour.

The NUA 2011 Fashion Show is being supported by main sponsor John Lewis, with hair by L’Oreal, make-up by MAC of Jarrolds, shoes by TopShop, tights sponsored by Pretty Polly, Henry Holland for Pretty Polly, Aristoc and John Lewis.

John Lewis Norwich Operations Manager Lesley George says: “It’s fantastic that the fashion course is now available in Norwich and John Lewis is excited to play its part in supporting the growing creative talent in the city. The course leader clearly has a passion for her work and the students benefit from excellent studio facilities, ensuring fashion industry-ready graduates for the future.

“I have been privileged to have had a sneak preview at some of the amazing pieces that will be showcased on the night and it’s evident we have some very skilful students here in Norwich. Norwich is now a top fashion destination and it’s great to add the fashion course into the mix. These students could be the next top fashion designers of the future!”

Students using the Fashion studio resources

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