Playful Promises Winner: Carli Pullinger

Back in December 2011, I reported on the launch of the Playful Promises design competition. They invited students, graduates and those with a flair for fashion to submit designs for their SS13 lingerie collection, called Paradise. As I mentioned last week, Playful Promises have now revealed a limited edition collection of three lines designed by the competition winners. The collection includes flattering high waist briefs, a retro soft-cup bra, a push-up bra and a longline bra all in dulcet pink tones with oriental influences. Each bra is available in 32A to 36DD (prices from £30), and the briefs come in XS to XL (prices from £15). The sets will be available to buy at and in the Playful Promises Boxpark boutique in Shoreditch, from May 2013.

Winners Eva Lai, Carli Pullinger and Pippa Davidson have all witnessed the transformation of their design work from paper to product. I’ll be featuring all three designers on this blog, but today’s post is all about Carli Pullinger. Carli’s winning entry focused on the female figure and 1950’s glamour, resulting in a trend-led colour block design. In anticipation of the launch, I asked Carli a few questions about her design work and plans for the future.

Lori: What made you want to enter the Playful Promises design competition?
Carli: I was told about the Playful Promises Competition by a friend that had been made aware of it whilst at university. I’ve always been very creative so I jumped at the opportunity to take part. Lingerie has always been an interest of mine and I strongly believe in Christian Dior’s theory that ‘Without proper foundations, there can be no fashion.’

Lori: Where did you study fashion and what did you enjoy most about the course?
Carli: I graduated from De Montfort University, Leicester in 2011 with 2:1 in Contour Fashion and I can honestly say I will never forget those three years. I have made the best of friends and gained the most valuable experience whilst studying on the course. The Contour department and University have an outstanding reputation within the industry for its exceptional training and skills programme. The lecturers within the Contour department do everything in their power to ensure that you are prepared for life within the industry, from learning the basics of pattern cutting to the most intricate construction processes.

Lori: What are your plans for the future?
Carli: I am keen to pursue with my design career and develop my skills further within the industry. I have a strong passion to succeed and I feel that it is vital for me to continue to flourish within an industry that will allow me to develop. I would personally like to thank Playful Promises for the amazing opportunity to take part in the competition, I have thoroughly enjoyed taking part and can’t wait to see the final outcome in the flesh!

Image via Playful Promises.

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