EDP Norfolk - - Fashion -

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.”Š

Becki Ball with her col­lec­tion at The De­sign­ers Show at Nor­wich Fash­ion Week 2016

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