Norwich Fashion Week: Five of the most unusual outfits from The Designers Show

Norwich Fashion Week 2016. The Designers Show. Designer - Cocoon. Picture: Antony Kelly

Norwich Fashion Week 2016. The Designers Show. Designer - Cocoon. Picture: Antony Kelly - Credit: Archant

Roll up; roll up as Norwich Fashion Week brings the circus to town.

Last year it was all about nature, this year The Norwich Fashion Week Designers Show, sponsored by Canaries Official and The Hippodrome, brought the wacky and the wonderful to OPEN with their Circus themed afternoon.

As fun as it all sounds, I'm sure you're thinking - circus themed clothing can't be practical for anything other than the catwalk, can it? I thought the same thing and for some of the collections, this was indeed true – dresses made of origami birds wouldn't exactly fare well in the rain.

However others managed to successfully turn circus chic into everyday wear. Here are five of the wackiest and most wondrous things seen on the catwalk at today's show.

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1. A dress made entirely of bread.

Colour scientist Joanne Randall loves to test the limits of fashion and her Designers Show collection did not disappoint. With dresses made of plastic tubing, crisp packets and one dress comprised of croissants, bagels and bread it was clear that Randall loves to experiment with her work. Of her unique designs she said, 'I appreciate fabric creations but that's just not for me. I like to push boundaries. I consider my designs to be wearable art; they're one off pieces that you're never going to see anywhere else, ever again.'

2. Accessories inspired by springs

Influenced by colourful childhood items, the April Lunch collection of accessories by NUA graduate Amy Green is definitely worthy of the title 'statement jewellery'.

3. Light up skirts and lion costumes

It wouldn't be a circus if there wasn't a lion somewhere. Sophie Amelia-Rose took the show's theme incredibly seriously and created a line of formal wear, costumes and dance wear, including an interesting big top tent mini skirt adorned with fairy lights and a lion costume jumpsuit.

4. Mashed up madness Break's collection, made completely from materials donated to their charity shops, was an eclectic mix of tulle, sequins and fur. Especially notable was the Moulin Rouge-esque outfits complete with corsets and feather boas, and the skirt embellished with golden circus themed items, including an elephant and trapeze artist.

5. Heavenly headpieces

With two different headpiece/accessory collections in this show, we think its safe to say that headbands are making a comeback – that is if they ever really left. Siofra Connor's range of 1940s and 1950s inspired head wear was extremely unique and Gemma Hyde's collection of hats and clutch bags showed off a striking print reminiscent of an optical illusion. We couldn't look away.

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