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Norwich University of Arts student shoots Graduate collection

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Talented NUA Fashion Student shoots her Graduate collection

As a city, Norwich is full of creatives. Being home to one of the best specialist arts universities in the UK means that many young artists and designers reside here and we wouldn’t want it any other way. The creativity here, as displayed at the recent Norwich Fashion week, and frequently at exhibitions throughout the city is inspiring.

For many talented students who study at NUA – specifically those studying fashion design, as we get closer to graduation they are required to create their final collection. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of assisting a current 3rd year fashion student with her graduate collection photoshoot by styling.

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Mary Sinclair is an extremely gifted fashion designer and illustrator studying at NUA. As one of Norwich Fashion week 2017s’ “one to watch” and previously an intern for Zac Posen, Mary’s skills are undeniable and we predict big things for her when she graduates.

Her graduate collection, named “Nothing’s Set in Stone” features copper tones, leather and draping. Taking inspiration from ancient sculpture, the collection is elegant whilst also structured. The colour scheme is dark and edgy but with bright metallic shades interspersed. To accompany the garments, we chose geometric shaped heels in black leather and suede. With the garments being inspired by ancient draping, the geometry of the heels modernised the look and made it editorial.

The shoot location was at the Urban Jungle plant nursery in Costessey. A garden centre which doubles as a café. As well as serving delicious food they also sell little cacti and other succulents. The café and plant nursery are set inside greenhouses filled with plants and acted as a great location for the shoot. The light inside was bright and airy and meant that all the photos looked crisp and colourful as a result.

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Hair and makeup was sleek and shiny. Deb Dominic from salon Hairsmiths created a slicked back gel look for model Connie, and a tousled wet look for model Olivia. Makeup was done by Ami at Charlotte Tilbury and used copper and gold tones to create a glowing, contoured look.

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Both Connie and Olivia were amazing models and looked great in the outfits that were carefully designed and created by Mary.  Their looks were captured on both film and digital camera by NUA photography student Kat Basarbolieva.

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We can’t wait to see the final images! Here’s to hoping Mary’s amazing collection gets shown at Graduate Fashion Week.

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