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Open Store opens up an opportunity for Norfolk's fashion designers

PUBLISHED: 09:47 28 September 2011 | UPDATED: 10:35 28 September 2011

Ethika on Timberhill put on a show for local designers. Designers Alice Bodgener, left and Leah Leveridge, right with Roberta Pumer of Ethika.Photo : Steve Adams

Ethika on Timberhill put on a show for local designers. Designers Alice Bodgener, left and Leah Leveridge, right with Roberta Pumer of Ethika.Photo : Steve Adams

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Up and coming and estabilished fashion designers from across Norfolk came together to host the Open Store event at Norwich Fashion Week.

Norwich was awash with fresh, original fashion designs yesterday as the Norwich Fashion Week Open Store event highlighted the work of Norfolk fashion designers.

Seventeen designers showcased their latest designs which ranged from elegant dresses, to scarves, bags and silver jewellery.

Ethika on Timberhill had the main thrust of the designers with 13 local fashion and jewellery makers taking turns to present their designs to the fashion hungry public.

The main fashion designs were on mannequins in the shop window from designers Bee Eno, Alice Bodgener, Annette Rolston and Lizzie Wenman, Marian Williams known for her dress made with the dye of the silver birch tree at Norwich Fashion Week back in February, and City College Norwich fashion and textile graduates Chloe Kent and Leah Leveridge, both showcased designs at the launch catwalk show in The Forum earlier in the week.

Jewellery designers Alison Varley, Elizabeth Radford and Jules Fry showcased their unique collections alongside the frocks.

Felt hat maker Bridget O’Connell’s designs were flying off the shelves as fashion hunters wanted an original hat design.

Then there was Annette Rolson, who alongside her black printed shift dress and waterfall cardigan which she designed in collaboration with fashion student Lizzie Wenman, had designed some lino print bags and scarves with her signature animal, nature and organic prints.

Other designers taking part in Open Store were Claudia Orrell designer and founder of fashion label Silk and Sawdust and Verandah on Upper St Giles which showcased the work of knitwear designer Liz Clarke, vintage fashion designer Sally Ronaldson and knitwear designer Marilyn Thomas.

Find out what is happening today at Norwich Fashion Week by clicking on the link to the Norwich Fashion Week programme at the top right of this page.

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