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in­spire me, I love COS and how they use dif­fer­ent fab­rics and un­usual ap­proaches to cut clas­sic pieces of cloth­ing. Raf Si­mons has such an amaz­ing ap­proach to work - his short time with Dior re­ally cre­ated some in­ter­est­ing takes on their clas­sics.

“Nor­wich is such a great city. My favourite place is the Cas­tle Mu­seum and the fash­ion archives they hold there. The small team work so hard to pre­serve and grow the col­lec­tion and are full of so much knowl­edge - it played a huge part in my re­search for my univer­sity work.

“Nor­wich Fash­ion Week is a tes­ta­ment to what the city has to of­fer, show­cas­ing the cre­ative di­ver­sity here and pro­vid­ing a great net­work­ing op­por­tu­nity.” It seems an un­likely jour­ney from an­i­mal care to fash­ion de­sign but for Ni­co­las Marcs a trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence led him to a dra­matic change of ca­reer.

Now his cut­ting edge col­lec­tions are catch­ing the eye of the fash­ion in­dus­try and af­ter win­ning the Nor­wich Univer­sity of the Arts (NUA) Cre­ative Cut Award his col­lec­tion was se­lected by fash­ion de­signer Betty Jack­son and fash­ion jour­nal­ist Hi­lary Alexan­der to be show­cased at Lon­don Grad­u­ate Fash­ion Week.

Orig­i­nally from Le­ices­ter, he is well and truly part of Nor­wich’s fash­ion scene now, work­ing on a part-time masters at NUA and his lat­est col­lec­tions, which very much push the bound­aries of fash­ion de­sign.

“Grow­ing up I loved mak­ing clothes for my ted­dies and Ac­tion Men, I was taught to knit by my great aunt. But all I wanted to do was work with an­i­mals, so I stud­ied an­i­mal care and ve­teri­nary nurs­ing. But af­ter los­ing my beloved Al­sa­tian on my 21st birth­day I lost in­ter­est in it all. So I started to carve out a ca­reer in re­tail and dis­cov­ered an in­ter­est and pas­sion for mer­chan­dis­ing. Some­thing just clicked.

“I got a pat­tern cut­ting book and be­gan to teach my­self the ba­sics. I took an even­ing class that taught pat­tern and con­struc­tion, which led to an art foun­da­tion class at a col­lege. I made it through and got into Nor­wich Univer­sity of the Arts (NUA) and my work ended up on the cat­walk at Grad­u­ate Fash­ion Week in Lon­don, which was amaz­ing.

“Ev­ery de­signer has their own hand­writ­ing. I think mine is yet to fully de­velop, but I en­joy seam elim­i­na­tion, play­ing with vol­ume and creat­ing a story within the work.

“When it comes to de­sign­ers which

Ni­co­las Marcs grad­u­ate col­lec­tion from 2014

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