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