Norwich Fashion Week at The Norfolk Arts Awards

A couple of weeks ago I was behind the scenes at the Norfolk Arts Awards with my Norwich Fashion Week board member head on organising a fashion showcase of local designers as part of the awards ceremony. 

I arrived feeling a bit odd because I wasn't doing photography, hair or makeup (so I only had to lug two bags along with me instead of the usual half a dozen!) 

The fashion showcase wasn't vintage but a celebration of art and fashion heritage and designs were very kindly loaned to us from  Siofra Connor Millinery, April Lunch, Jessica Clarke, Toby Neave, Jo Randall and Gemma Hyde alongside items from The Costumes and Textile Association collection and William Wilde lingerie from London Street boutique Proudlock and Harry.

Photo by Gemma Lock

 This meant we were working with lots of amazing items including a dress made of paper and another made of dried glue. Fashion meets art indeed. It's a glitzy affair held in The Maddermarket theatre, a beautiful old building nestled away in the heart Norwich city centre. (It has a pretty interesting history section on the website which you can find here if you'd like to read it) 

Photo by Gemma Lock

 Taking behind the scenes shots, we had photographer Gemma Lock (thanks Gemma) and thanks also to my fellow NFW board members Emma Harrowing for sourcing such amazing designs to work with and Debs Dominic who was in full hairstylist frenzy creating and building hair which was unique to each model. 

Photo by Gemma Lock
On makeup was the lovely Mirriam and Cintia of Jackie Hamilton School of Beauty and of course thanks and well done to all the models who have this amazing ability to walk with ourt falling over - a skill I continue to be in awe of (news of my epic 'I fell over AGAIN' moment during London Fashion weekend in another post...) 

Photo by Gemma Lock
Here I am in my £5 Frank Usher sparkly number

Music is such an important choice for a fashion show, it shouldn't take away from the clothes but it does help set the scene. Knowing I was choosing a song for a theatre of art fans and with the room like any old theatre, being very atmospheric (don't you just love old theatres?!) I thought what better man to assist me me create a showcase which would open the second half of the show with a creative pow on the ears than Nick Cave. 

So on that note, I shall indeed leave you with the glorious track which we played as NFW turned the theatre in to a runway. If you want to see more images from the show head over to the NFW Facebook page or go have a look at them on our amazing new website (thank you Four Agency & Grit Digital


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