The future of lingerie and bodywear design?

Leicester’s De Montfort University (DMU) staged its second annual London contour fashion catwalk show on Monday, featuring designs by students who will be graduating from the Contour Fashion and the Fashion and Contour Design courses this summer. The collections on show illustrated a stunning mix of skill and creativity, which proves that DMU’s excellent reputation in this area is well-deserved. The show was beautifully put together – models were styled in different ways including wispy-romantic, rockabilly and addicted-to-love – with each graduate getting a chance to do something a little different with their music and overall presentation.

I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share a few of my favourites from the show with you, and I really hope that these graduates all go on to bigger and better things. Kirsty Hall, BA(Hons) Contour Fashion, wowed us all with a stunning collection inspired by jockey silks (see above). This was my favourite from the show and Kirsty describes it best herself when she says: “I feel like my designs are more daring and playful than what can be found on the high street at the minute. The shapes and colours are really striking and unusual for a lingerie collection, and are worn to be seen.” Sarah Greenwood, BA(Hons) Contour Fashion, delivered a delightfully feminine floral collection that was very commercial without ever being dull (see left). Sarah Burgess, BA(Hons) Fashion and Contour Design, showed an incredibly strong and desirable collection of fuchsia pink floral swimwear that had retro styling in places but remained extremely wearable. Ella Chidgey, BA(Hons) Contour Fashion, presented an amazing collection of lingerie with styling inspiration taken bullet bras and corsets. Bright turquoise and electric blue highlights were echoed in the accessories the models carried, which was a lovely touch.

If you are interested in seeing more, there are some photographs from the DMU graduate collections on the Lingerie Buyer website, and there is also a report of the catwalk show over on the Figleaves blog.

Images via De Montfort University.

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