The Dipple and Conway hair show was an evening full of daring drama at Norwich Fashion Week
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If Norwich Fashion Week has taught audiences anything, it is to expect the unexpected. From Barry Allan's sharp cuts and bridal-inspired up-dos to an unforgettable performance from a drag-queen group - it all happened on the SS16 catwalk.
On Friday night, the coveted front row was full of eager onlookers, awaiting the first ever Dipple and Conway hair show.
Beginning with sleek straight-style locks and evolving into frizzy crimping, the 30-minute show was packed full of different styles.
It is the first time the city's fashion week has featured a hair show and it brought together some of the most innovative stylists in Norwich.
Among those featured were Hoskins Hair, Posh Salon, Barry Alan - whose alternative looks made the crowd erupt in applause.
Models taking to the catwalk for Kinki Boutique, a salon in Castle Street, adorned futuristic face art making them the stand-out beauty look of the evening. All of the make-up artists were from the Norwich School of Beauty and more than 100 hair and beauty stylists had been working since 7am to make sure every style channelled finesse.
In a swift switch in tone from punk to pretty, wedding dresses provided by the Big C Bridal Boutique were teamed with a mix of soft and edgy up-dos, including a SS16 favourite - the messy fishtail plait.
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Keeping onlookers on their toes, the ever changing theme kept the photographers snapping.
And as the lights dimmed, four members of drag-queen group, Rosebud, appeared on stage - they were met by the biggest applause of the night.
Appearing with extravagant make-up in silky kimonos, the group lit up the runway with their performance to Beyonce's new single Formation, among other songs.
As they disappeared off stage, cheering rumbled from the balcony to the photographers' area and right down to the FROW. Moments later they were back, wielding confetti cannons, with which they covered the audience in pink. The show had truly closed with a bang.
All that was left was for a procession down the runway for all who had been involved in the show - from the models to the hairdressers and make-up artists, a total of around 200 people.
Deborah Dominic, show coordinator and owner of Hairsmiths salon, said she had come up with the idea of including Rosebud in the line-up, and wanted it to be a huge surprise - and indeed it was.
Before the show, Timothie James, a member of Rosebud, said: 'What we are trying to do is to desensitize people to drag as it is seen as such a taboo thing. It is for everyone and we hope everyone enjoys it.'
Ms Dominic added: 'The work is amazing that has been done and there are nine different salons here and all of the make up artists are from Norwich School of Beauty - the models have been great.'