Last year, aged just 18, while studying for her A-Levels, Becki Ball created her first full collection for Norwich Fashion Week and won acclaim for her exciting, bright and colourful designs.
She has already won a major competition which led to one of her designs hitting the catwalk at Lisbon Fashion Week and is working on new collections inspired by the Norfolk landscape.
“I think applying for Norwich Fashion Week last year really encouraged me and made me realise that if I do work hard enough, the dream of being a fashion designer could come true. When my winning dress design was shown in Lisbon Fashion Week it was a real achievement for me. I really want to get my name out there so by taking on these opportunities and working hard I will eventually get there.
“My collection for NFW16 was really colourful and used lots of different fabric dying techniques, focusing on silk. This year I am moving away from lots of colour, and instead focusing on bold shapes - creating a more modern approach, with maybe even a slightly futuristic appeal. I sell clothes on my website that are designed to be worn for evening/party/club wear, so my work is very versatile and I like to produce a range of different and unique collections.
“I am inspired by a range of designers, from the floral, intricate and delicate designs of Elie Saab to the bold prints of Mary Katrantzou. However I take a lot of inspiration from the high street.
“But I do think the nature in Norfolk has inspired me, for my textiles A-level course a lot of my samples were inspired by colour from the sea and sky and Norfolk’s beautiful coast.”
Becki Ball with her collection at The Designers Show at Norwich Fashion Week 2016