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WELCOME TO DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY CONTOUR FASHION Contour Fashion at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) has, for many years, been the driving force behind innovative solutions in the wider arena of intimate apparel, through advances in fabric technology, garment production and manufacturing methodologies. The course benefits from strong relationships with the wider intimates and fashion industries, supported by influential industry partners and our advisory body, which works to promote education, innovation, ecological and health concerns, and research for the future of the industry. As an acknowledged global leader in creative education, we strive to provide our students with a rich and rewarding experience. With our support, they realise their full potential and are thoroughly prepared for the workplace. We engage with global fashion houses, retailers, manufacturers, suppliers, models and celebrities to inspire and support our students so they can meet the demands of the industry and achieve their creative aspirations. By nurturing their talent and imaginations, we encourage our students not to just meet expectations, but to challenge and exceed them.

We produce outstanding graduates in aesthetic design innovation and technological excellence in the fields of lingerie, corsetry, nightwear, loungewear, menswear, sportswear and medical applications. We are proud to have educated key industry players at major international companies across the globe. Our graduates are employed by Stretchline, Clover International Hong Kong, Ace Style, Heidi Klein, Coco de Mer, Curvy Kate, H&M Sweden, F&F, Bravissimo, Calvin Klein, Victoria’s Secret New York, Tommy Hilfiger Amsterdam, PD China, and Concepts Paris. Other graduates have established own

brand labels including Nichole de Carle, Lascivious, Tatu Couture, Biondi, Karolina Laskowska and Elissa Poppy. On behalf of our students graduating from the Contour Fashion BA (Hons) course, I am delighted to showcase their experiences, skills, creativity and innovation. Gillian Proctor M.Des. R.C.A Associate Professor for Contour Fashion

More than 55,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the UK alone. That’s two women every 10 minutes. This is the fastest growing cancer and a huge threat to women and men globally. The Breast Cancer Care charity works tirelessly to support patients through these challenging times, so DMU’s Contour Fashion students have adopted this charity for their fundraising once again this year. Graduating student Roshni Desai has made a fabulous range of breast cancer keyrings which are available at We’d really appreciate you making a donation at


GYMSHARK DESIGN COMPETITION Gymshark is the UK’s fastest growing fitness apparel brand. As part of the Gymshark design competition, Contour Fashion students visited the company’s headquarters in Birmingham to meet with its founder and design and technical teams. This provided the opportunity for winners to present their work and receive face-to-face feedback. The winning students – Emma McNaughton, Tara Newton and Heledd Davies – were able to present their garments directly to Gymshark founder Ben Francis, talent director Ed Priestnall and the design team, including DMU Contour Fashion alumna Isla Gilbertson.

Tara Newton and Jessica Basey’s designs (pictured) were joint second

Following DMU’s successful Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) award, we are delighted to announce the launch of the DMU Medical Forum, working to define and support key areas of health and medical applications. Our aim is to engage with the medical community, patients and our related industries to work collaboratively to establish a centre of excellence in the field of medical innovation and support. Initially working with post-surgical breast cancer patients, students and patients have already contributed to the forum with the development of mastectomy and lumpectomy outcomes. We see this as a key area of growth for the future. Student involvement in the forum is key, and already reaping benefits.


Gymshark’s Isla Gilbertson (left) and Ed Priestnall (right) with winner Emma McNaughton and a model sporting her ‘24-hour active wear’ (also pictured right)

Heledd Davies’ design (pictured) came in third place

DMU staff and students visiting Gymshark’s HQ

COCO DE MER DESIGN COMPETITION Students were challenged in a design competition from famous British brand Coco de Mer to create new design concepts that would uphold their brand ethos of empowering women through luxurious and enticing lingerie. Joint winners were Erran MacColl with a black lace fashion forward outfit and Chanice Dwyer, who designed an embroidered Chinese-influenced set. Coco de Mer’s CEO, Lucy Litwack, said: ”As always, I have been so impressed with the level of talent from the Contour Fashion students at DMU.

Joint winners Chanice Dwyer (second from left) and Erran MacColl (second from right), with models wearing their winning designs


For International Women’s Day, Royce Lingerie shared stories of inspiring women from all walks of life and corners of the globe who have excelled in their fields and made positive impacts on the world. DMU’s Associate Professor of Contour Fashion, Gillian Proctor, was recommended by recent graduates for consideration in Royce’s celebration of strong women.

Technical staff tutor Julie Swinfield accompanied technical student Jessica Basey to a session with David Rennie, head physiotherapist at Leicester City Football Club. Jessica’s garment development for active sportswear includes a GPS pocket and motion sensors as a form of injury prevention during training. Jessica’s concept was joint runner-up in the Gymshark design competition.



“I feel as though the students have really captured the essence of the Coco de Mer brand and I have seen some really exciting creative and technical design work, making it very difficult to narrow it down to the winners of the competition. “I am looking forward to the winning students joining us for their internships at our London design studio, because we would love to work with them and help nurture their talent.”

Left to right: Charlie Barnett and Alexandra Thomas, joint third place, Paige Manning, second place, Coco de Mer CEO Lucy Litwack, and winners Erran and Chanice (also pictured above)

PITCH2WIN DMU’s Pitch2Win competition enables graduating students to pitch for funding which can help turn their idea into a business. This year’s winner, Victoria-Rose Evans, has been working on post-mastectomy bras. She was awarded £1,000 after presenting her design for a one-cup bra, which she developed from patient feedback surveys. She explained: “Having the opportunity to take part in Pitch2Win has been amazing. It has allowed me to pitch my brand Daisy Grace, which focuses on creating a choice for women who have suffered with breast cancer.

“Post-surgical bras are very outdated, and I believe by developing the brand I am going to solve this issue, creating them all with a strong aesthetic design and high-quality fabrics. I could not have done it without the support of my Contour Fashion tutors and my fit model, Tracy Neale, all of whom have worked with me to develop my garments.” Heledd Davies, who pitched her sustainable clothing range, came in second place, winning £750 in funding.

DMU’s Associate Professor for Contour Fashion, Gillian Proctor, was guest of honour at the 4th Lingerie Industry Forum in Liepāja, Latvia. Her keynote presentation, ‘Evolution and Design in Contour Fashion’, was delivered to a global audience, including many Eastern European brands, as part of the celebration of the conference. The day before she delivered a presentation on the history and development of the corset to staff and students at Riga Technical University in the country’s capital.

Contour Fashion students were among a group of final-year students from across the university who joined the third #DMUglobal trip to New York. The trip gave them the opportunity to compile contextual and market evaluations, draw inspirational sources for final collections, embrace a wider cultural appeal and engage directly with international brands. Students visited The Metropolitan Museum of Art to view the Delacroix exhibition and Jewelry: The Body Transformed exhibition. As well as this, they visited Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color at The Museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). All of these experiences offered invaluable inspiration for their final-year collections. Students also had the opportunity to engage with industry brands, with visits to the New York offices of Victoria’s Secret, Adore Me and Aerie (American Eagle).


BOUX AVENUE LINGERIE AWARD DMU Contour Fashion graduate Daniella Jayes won the Boux Avenue Lingerie Award by the London-based brand in the Lingerie Award at Graduate Fashion Week – Europe’s biggest annual showcase for student fashion designers.

A selection of outfits from Contour Fashion graduates were displayed as part of DMU’s collaboration with Leicester’s LCB Depot, in the Reinvention of Tradition exhibition. It showcased a modern interpretation of traditional design and manufacturing techniques, showcasing the innovative application of cross-disciplinary skills utilised in fashion and textiles. Examples from fashion, textiles and footwear were also showcased. The exhibition is part of the growing relationship between DMU and the wider city of Leicester.


DMU’s Associate Dean (International), Dr Manjeet Ridon, and Associate Professor of Contour Fashion, Gillian Proctor, visited the H&M headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Their visit coincided with discussions for widening international interaction, employability and placements. H&M already employs seven DMU Contour Fashion graduates, all of whom are pictured here with Lisa Skoglund-Kangasniemi, the company’s technical director. DMU Contour Fashion students and H&M will be working on a new technical design project for the next academic year.

Daniella said: ”The Contour Fashion course at DMU is incredible. It was intense work and I feel I was encouraged to push every boundary, so I know I am now prepared to work in the industry. I feel that studying at DMU has been great for my career.”

WINNER OF WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF LEATHERSELLERS AWARD DMU alumna Jade Woodward was the winner of the Worshipful Company of Leathersellers Award with her black leather hipster biker corset, held together with metal bolts. The corset is currently on display at the Leathersellers’ Hall in London. Jade now works as a junior designer at Pistol Panties.

THREE-DIMENSIONAL TREND EXHIBITION This is a collaborative project for second-year students working with brands, Tommy Hilfiger and Wacoal. Working alongside Chris Wright, from DMU’s Leicester Media School Drawing Centre, students embraced a hands-on challenge to produce a 3D trend outcome, experimenting with laser cutting, 3D printing and model making. Special guest judge was Simon Platts at ASOS.

Left to right: DMU’s Catherine Livingstone, Grace Pickering (PVH), Chris Wright, Gillian Proctor, Kobi Ampona (PVH), alumna Charlotte Davies (Wacoal) and Emma Swanepoel



DMU’s Programme Leader for Contour Fashion, Rachel Toner, has been named a winner of the Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Awards at the DMU Oscars. This is Rachel’s third Teaching Award, a great accolade for her, and very well deserved.


Our students are now well-established in the award-winning Vijay Patel Building, part of the recent extensive redevelopment of the DMU campus. The open-plan studio spaces and extensive workshops are a fantastic draw for students, not only for their work but also for photo shoots, events and opportunities to collaborate with other students. To take a closer look at our facilities visit

The GREAT Festival of Creativity in Hong Kong was a four-day event which championed innovation and celebrated new technology and ideas. DMU was the lead education partner at the festival, where the work of students, graduates and academics was showcased, headed up by Programme Leader for Contour Fashion Rachel Toner. Rachel delivered a presentation ‘Trend in Sportswear and Bodywear and the Influence of New Technology as part of the 2019 Global fashion event.

Jasmine Patel Aesthetic route Inspiration: Dutch Caribbean Architecture and Roman Catholicism Alternative bridalwear – navy with gold embellishment and complementary lingerie pieces Achievements: Joint winner: Rita Rydin Award Placements: Fleur of England T: 07527 987786 E:

Iz Hilton Aesthetic route Inspiration: Vintage toys Luxury leather underwear as outerwear, colour and styling inspired by vintage toy cars Competitions: Finalist: Concepts Paris sportswear project Finalist: Coco de Mer luxury lingerie project Achievements: Featured in Underlines Magazine Placements: Something Wicked, Inspire Intimates T: 07952 830527 E:

Roshni Desai Aesthetic route Inspiration: Indian culture Luxury lingerie, bright colours and embellishments inspired by traditional Indian garments and culture Competitions: Finalist: Concepts Paris trend design project Achievements: Work featured at InterfiliĂŠre Paris trade show Placements: Gill Design Studio, IA Technical Sponsors: Lace To Love, Fabric Bistro T: 07469 244102 E:

Erran MacColl Aesthetic route Inspiration: The National Theatre in London, Brutalist architecture Underwear and outerwear inspired by the shape, structure and shadowing found in the National Theatre’s architecture Competitions: Winner: Cabinet of Curiosities Winner: Coco de Mer, design competition Finalist: Concepts Paris trend competition Achievements: Featured in Underlines Magazine Placements: Next, Tutti Rouge T: 07725 346577 E:

Chanice Jade Dwyer Aesthetic route Inspiration: The carriages of the Royal Mews and associated aesthetics and symbols of British monarchy Luxury boudoir lingerie combining plush prints, ornate lace, and fine gold detailing Competitions: Winner: Coco de Mer client project Achievements: Featured in Underlines Magazine Placements: Previously employed at Ann Summers and Bravissimo T: 07783 536385 E: W:

Alexandra Thomas Aesthetic route Inspiration: Artists at work Soft and layerable luxurious loungewear, inspired by artists in the studio Competitions: Third place: Coco de Mer design competition Achievements: Featured in Underlines Magazine Placements: Placement year: Crystal Martin (Hong Kong), Birmingham Royal Ballet costume department T: 07483 823381 E:

Lily Voysey Aesthetic route Inspiration: 15th century stained glass panels from BeauprÊ Hall Luxury lingerie blended with contemporary detailing Competitions: Finalist: Concepts Paris external client project Achievements: Work shown at Tribal Tech exhibit for Concepts Paris at Interfilière Paris trade show Placements: Elissa Poppy, Fleur of England T: 07920 001104 E: W:

Abby Millward Aesthetic route Inspiration: Venetian gondolas A professional yet sexy tailored lingerie collection, inspired by Venetian gondolas and the gold detailing on the exterior and interior. Juxtaposing two garment types that would not typically be considered workwear or professional to provide a ‘gold standard’ Placements: Posie Lingerie, Alison Smith MBE T: 07399 976078 E:

Georgia Wells Aesthetic route Inspiration: Gothic armour Glam vs grunge luxury collection inspired by gothic armour Achievements: Commendation, Gymshark Winner, Cabinet of Curiosities Placements: Ace Style T: 07854 450137 E:

Hannah Cowin Aesthetic route Inspiration: Drawings of the female form taken from statues and paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, with print designed from books, music and inspired by Bruce Nauman’s 100 Live and Dies Luxury lingerie with a grunge influence, inspired by the female form and literature taken from art, music and books Placements: Placement year: Tisja Damen (Amsterdam), Studio Pia T: 07541 581004 E:

Angelica Sephton Aesthetic route Inspiration: Exploring the intricate lines, structures, formations, textures and colouration found within rocks and minerals Luxury boudoir collection, featuring fabric manipulation, abstract lace and historical elements Competitions: Finalist: Concepts Paris Finalist: Coco de Mer Achievements: Work shown at Interfilière Paris trade show 2018 Placements: Seafolly, Mimi Holliday, Edge o’ Beyond, Violet & Wren T: 07511 808569 E:

Yasmin Snowdon Aesthetic route Inspiration: The human anatomy and 1950s glamour Luxury lingerie, crimson colour palette with embellishment inspired by veins Placements: Fleur of England, Studio Pia T: 07468 527918 E:

Victoria-Rose Evans Technical route Inspiration: Creating a new approach to mastectomy wear, encouraging acceptance and celebrating the beauty of the body Bras designs for women who have undergone either single or double mastectomy, including reconstruction. With special emphasis on aesthetics Competitions: Finalist: Concepts Paris Finalist: Coco de Mer Placements: Bottle Blonde Studio Sponsors: Elastics by Stretchline T: 07720 299728 E:

Our complete gratitude and support to breast cancer crusader, Tracey Neale, for working in collaboration with Victoria-Rose to develop the one cup mastectomy bra.

Charlie Barnett Aesthetic route Inspiration: The beautiful and interesting structure of intricate jewellery and the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom Luxury lingerie with complex designs, featuring embellishment inspired by jewellery Competitions: Second place: Coco de Mer competition Achievements: Featured in Underlines Magazine Placements: Elomi, Wacoal T: 07914 154134 E:

Molly Edgecombe Aesthetic route Inspiration: Neon signs in Hong Kong Luxury nightwear with lingerie elements. Futuristic fibre optic panelling with royal blue lace appliquÊ, cording and neon contrasting stitching Competitions: Finalist: Coco de Mer design project Achievements: Featured in Underlines Magazine Placements: Crystal Martin (China), Victoria’s Secret, Hollister Co. T: 07701 337060 E: W:

Yasmin Duly Aesthetic route Inspiration: Textures within the reef Luxury lingerie inspired by textures and metallics found in the ocean Competitions: Finalist: Coco de Mer project Finalist: Concepts Paris project Achievements: Work showcased at InterfiliÊre Placements: Edge o’ Beyond, Tutti Rouge, Dessous London T: 07730 140160 E: @yasminlaurenintimates

Georgina Honour Aesthetic route Inspiration: Birds of paradise A luxury nightwear and lingerie collection with gradient tones, inspired by birds of paradise Placements: Kiki de Montparnasse T: 07759 637274 E:

Katie Lee Aesthetic route Inspiration: The structure and aesthetic of glass chandeliers Couture bridal lingerie, textures with print and beads, inspired by chandeliers and the transparency of their crystals Placements: Coco de Mer, Loonigans T: 07981 282142 E:

Lois Williams Aesthetic route Inspiration: Film noir Luxury lingerie, transparent layering with a vintage undertone inspired by film noir and femme fatales Competitions: Winner: Concepts Paris Achievements: Work displayed at Interfiliere Shanghai and InterfiliĂŠre Paris trade shows T: 07583 021002 E:

Olivia Varin Farren Claricoates Aesthetic route Inspiration: Beetles Luxury lingerie inspired by the form and pattern of the beetle’s elytron. Created using a range of fabrics and neon tones, finished with hand embellishment Placements: Posie Lingerie T: 07583 966792 E:

Technical route Inspiration: Mastectomy lingerie inspired by symmetry in butterflies Delicate garments designed using feminine shapes and panelling to create balance and beauty. Lined with Merino wool, providing the prime environment for recovery Placements: Armadillo Merino T: 07858 753233 E:

Eline Piso Aesthetic route Inspiration: Reflecting the void: a contrast between the absorption of black and reflection of light Bespoke conceptual lingerie Competitions: Highly commended in the Coco de Mer design project Achievements: Featured in Underlines Magazine Placements: Reckless Wolf, Studio Pia, Ace Style Sponsors: Chrome Illusion T: 07562 611022 E: W:

Eve Summers Aesthetic route Inspiration: Mythology and folklore Luxury lingerie, a romantic twist on classic mythology using embellishment and lace inspired by folklore

Iona Setchell

Competitions: Finalist: Coco de Mer project

Aesthetic route

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Inspiration: The Lost Gardens of Heligan Contour lingerie combined with soft embellishment of nature and lavender-inspired colour tones, layered and complemented with beautiful dramatic pleating Placements: Fleur of England, Bordelle T: 07510 754155 E:

Bona Koo Aesthetic route Inspiration: Androgyny, exploring the clashing concept of classic gender Tailored lingerie, pushing the boundaries of lingerie and fashion using elements of both to represent the female and male aspects Competitions: Winner: Concepts Paris design project Finalist: Coco de Mer design project Achievements: Garments featured at Interfiliere Shanghai 2018 Recommended by Coco de Mer for a highly commended award Placements: Tiny Big, Supercomma B T: 07733 243559 / +821034853559 E:

Hollie Pratt Aesthetic route Inspiration: Initial inspiration from the colours in Vincent van Gogh’s The Pink Peach Tree painting, which was channelled into ideas of pink/peach flamingos, along with their textures and fluent shapes, incorporating fluorescent green Luxury lingerie, pastel pink and peach tones with fluorescent green details inspired by the form and colour of flamingos Competitions: Finalist: Concepts Paris Finalist: Gymshark extrenal client project Finalist: Clothes Show Live T: 07760 436290 E:

Mollie Briggs Aesthetic route Inspiration: Butterflies Luxury lingerie, ombrĂŠd fabrics and quality lace inspired by butterflies Competitions: Finalist: Concepts Paris Achievements: Work featured at InterfiliĂŠre Paris trade show 2018 Placements: Posie Lingerie, Panache T: 07983 862694 E:

Teigan Lee Aesthetic route Inspiration: A short film by Carlson Young called The Blazing World Luxury swimwear, prints inspired by The Blazing world Placements: Fleur of England T: 07854734292 E:

Holly Ellen Page Aesthetic route Inspiration: The contrast displayed between skeletal systems and scaffolding structures Lingerie meets workwear, with laser cut leather and industrial elements Competitions: Third place: Cabinet of Curiosities project Placements: Placement year at Loveday London Sponsors: Pittards, Dugdale Bros & Co Ltd T: 07583 103455 E:

Heledd Davies Aesthetic route Inspiration: Welsh landscape and rich culture Avant Garde lingerie comprising upcycled vintage wedding dress and materials

Lara Walledge

Competitions: Third place: Gymshark competition Runner-up place: Pitch2Win

Aesthetic route

Achievements: Launched a fully sustainable and ethical high street brand, Helz Defined

Inspiration: Voyeurism, Obsession With Beauty

Placements: Concepts Paris, Mimi Holliday & Damaris

Luxury Lingerie, Black colour Palette with a hint of neon green

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Competitions: Coco De Mer finalist Achievements: Work shown in Underlines Magazine T: 07854 375176 E:

Ruby Jones Aesthetic route Inspiration: Burghley House and equestrianism Luxury lingerie, damask print, teal tones and leather strapping inspired by equestrianism T: 07740 050587 E:

Alexa Alpine Aesthetic route Inspiration: Brands: MENG and Gilda & Pearl Japanese-inspired luxury loungewear created using colour, texture and print from birds Placements: Tutti Rouge T: 07387 271941 E:

Parris Booth Aesthetic route Inspiration: Lost tribes: Papua New Guinea Luxury lingerie collection inspired by birds of paradise and the forgotten tribes of Papua New Guinea. Creating texture and movement through cording, embroidery and layering of sheer and contrasting fabrics Competitions: Finalist: Coco de Mer design project Achievements: Presented external client collection to industry panel Designed and pattern drafted individual garments within Loveday London’s SS18 collection Placements: Loveday London, Tutti Rouge T: 07880 781900 E:

Helen Alice Wilkinson Aesthetic route Inspiration: Poisonous flowers, vintage clothing, and historic gothic European art Vintage and gothic-inspired corsetry and shapewear. Featuring hand dyed lace, custom embroidery and beading

Penelope Black Aesthetic route

Achievements: Costume work for Sky and Harper Collins, and BBC collaborations. International award winning costume maker representing the UK overseas

Inspiration: Physalis

Placements: Rosie Red Corsetry & Couture & Area 51 Costume Department

This luxury lingerie collection presents a variety of textures coupled with bright orange tones, mimicking the organic complexity and vibrant hues of physalis fruit

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Competitions: Winner: Superdry Careers Week Runner-up: Concepts Paris project Placements: Edge o’ Beyond, TJX, Superdry T: 07926 009040 E:

Sophie Hatfield Aesthetic route Inspiration: The Arms and Armour exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Luxury swimwear styled with leather and chain accessories Competitions: Technical prize, Cabinet of Curiosities Placements: Tutti Rouge T: 07881 099245 E:

Ellenor Johnson Aesthetic route Inspiration: Define The Line, inspired by how data is received and transmitted through the human senses, identifying how our own data defines and represents us as individuals The garments will showcase the upcoming trends in SS21, with the wearer feeling confident, individual and sexy. The area of application represents luxury lingerie with fluidity in evening dress Competitions: Winner: Concepts Paris design project Achievements: Work featured in Shanghai Interfiliere trade show with Concepts Paris T: 07834 851271 E:

Elizabeth Spanner Aesthetic route Inspiration: Graffiti and Hip Hop culture A collection of sportswear merged with streetwear inspired by the colourful graffiti art of New York Placements: F&F Tesco, Concepts Paris and David Nieper T: 07887 420926 E:

Isla Devereux-Batchelor Aesthetic route Inspiration: The iridescence and fluidity of jellyfish A luxury boudoir lingerie collection, with anniversary pieces Achievements: Winner: Rita Rydin Award Placements: Wacoal, Next lingerie design department, Next lingerie buying department Sponsors: Bradshaw & Bradshaw, Solstiss Lace T: 07724 717945 E:

Phillippa Smith Technical route Inspiration: The Secret Garden novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett and walled gardens Fuller bust bridal and honeymoon lingerie with the aesthetics inspired by The Secret Garden Placements: Yours Clothing, Rosie Red Corsetry & Couture T: 07522 834131 E:

Hannah Barratt Aesthetic route Inspiration: Reflection – inspired by the physical and metaphorical elements of reflection Luxury lingerie crafted from sheer machine embroidered material, edged with powder blue velvet trimmings Achievements: Featured in Underlines Magazine Placements: F&F, Mine and Yours Ltd T: 07902 412722 E:

Kelly Alleyne Aesthetic route Inspiration: 1970s fashion Menswear and womenswear luxury lingerie and nightwear, inspired by 1970s fashion and lifestyle Competitions: Runner-up: Coco de Mer external client project Runner-up: Freya trend prediction project Achievements: Featured in Underlines Magazine Placements: ASOS, Marks & Spencer, Edge o’ Beyond, Hardy Amies, Kilgour Savile Row T: 07887 386882 E:

Sofia Petitti Technical route Inspiration: X-rayed garments and structures Sensual fuller bust collection, constructed from sheer tulle paired with metallic gunmetal componentry, inspired by X-rayed garments Placements: Debenhams, Corsetorium, Posie Lingerie T: 07728 888388 E:

Paige Manning Aesthetic route Inspiration: Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds Historically inspired lingerie with an updated feel, influenced by swords and daggers Competitions: Second place Coco de Mer competition Achievements: Featured in Underlines Magazine Placements: Fleur of England T: 07342 259007 E:

Paryssa Wulff-Caesar Aesthetic route

Jessica Basey

Inspiration: Kenyan women’s tribe called Umoja

Technical route

Strong, bold and striking. This luxury swimwear embodies the energy and power of the Umoja women

Inspiration: Optimising and preserving performance in athletic support, incorporating tracking technologies

Placements: Heidi Klein, Playful Promises, Prism Swimwear and Preen by Thornton Bregazzi

Competitions: Joint second prize: Gymshark design project

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Achievements: Featured in Underlines Magazine Placements: Aura Lingerie, Papaya Lingerie, Concepts Paris, GYMVERSUS Sponsors: Bemis, Stretchline and David Rennie, Leicester City Football Club’s head physiotherapist T: 07982 514703 E: W:

Felicity Bird Aesthetic route Inspiration: The Dangerous Beauty: Medusa in Classical Art exhibition Luxury lingerie collection featuring soft tailoring and metallics, inspired by serpents and the Dangerous Beauty: Medusa in Classical Art exhibition displayed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York Competitions: Winner: Concepts Paris Tribal Tech concept Finalist: Coco de Mer project Achievements: Work exhibited on the Interfiliere Shanghai 2019 catwalk. Coco de Mer design featured in Underlines Magazine

Ellen Ferguson Aesthetic route Inspiration: The University of Warsaw rooftop gardens Asymmetric transformable swimwear Achievements: Featured in Underlines Magazine Placements: Fanela T: 07583 159474 E:

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Olivia Kirk Aesthetic route Inspiration: The Bombay Sapphire Distillery and botanical glasshouses Asymmetric luxury lingerie using colourful linear structure to accentuate the figure of the wearer Competitions: Finalist: Gymshark design project Achievements: Featured in Underlines Magazine T: 07775 335260 E:

Madeleine Main Aesthetic route Inspiration: New York City Inspired by New York City’s vibrant colours, taken from Times Sqaure, with the influence of architecture to offer affordable high street appeal Placements: Work experience at London Fashion Week T: 07501 844788 E:

Tia Chand-Corey Technical route Inspiration: People with invisible disabilities, invalidating the statement “but you look fine� Sponsors: Fildan T: 07961 624892 E: @tiachandcore

Lanny Nixon Aesthetic route Inspiration: Inspired by bicycles and trainer details Sports-inspired lingerie Competitions: Winner: Concepts Paris external client competition Selected for presentation: Gymshark Achievements: Work featured at Interfiliere Shanghai and InterfiliĂŠre Paris trade shows Featured in Underlines magazine Placements: Fleur of England T: 07711 234964 E:

Megan McGill Aesthetic route Inspiration: Winter lights in Canary Wharf, London Luxury swimwear, reactive fabrics and embroidered centrepieces Placements: Vital Consultancy T: 07555 794310 E:

Emma McNaughton Technical route Inspiration: The environmental impact of the fashion industry, measured through typography graphs of the Aral Sea Conscious athleisure/sweat-swim collection to target sustainability and promote circularity within the activewear industry Competitions: Winner: Gymshark external client project Achievements: Featured in Underlines Magazine (TBC) Placements: Fleur of England, garment technician placement year at O’Neill Europe, Heidi Klein, FMP mentoring with raw materials specialist at M&S T: 07740 288171 E:

Alexandra Szabo Aesthetic route Inspiration: Lamma ’19, the UK’s largest agricultural and machinery show and CC41 movement. Athleisure meets intimate apparel Athleisure meets Intimate Apparel. Competitions: Finalist: Concepts Paris Achievements: Work showcased in Shanghai and Paris in collaboration with Concepts Paris. Gymshark work shown as part of a presentation in Hong Kong Placements: Alex Spencer Design Ltd T: 07794 661643 E: alexandraszabocontour

Amber Riseborough Aesthetic route Inspiration: Plastic in our oceans Supporting the ‘clean up the ocean’ movement, using the younger generation to spread awareness through festival wear Competitions: Finalist: Concepts Paris project T: 07857 452278 E:

Tara Newton Aesthetic route Inspiration: Light and water refraction Luxury lingerie and nightwear with modern influences, with use of bold colours and embroidery Competitions: Joint second prize: Gymshark design competition Shortlisted for Concepts Paris Achievements: Illustration boards displayed at InterfiliĂŠre Paris trade show Featured in Underlines Magazine Placements: Fleur of England, Posie Lingerie T: 07908 413595 E:

Emily Louisa Blount Aesthetic route Inspiration: Exploration of the arts, culture and history of native African tribes, with particular focus on scarification for fabric application Editorial luxury lingerie and outerwear with use of leather craft and fabric manipulation Competitions: Finalist: Coco de Mer design project Achievements: Featured in Underlines Magazine T: 07802 296627 E:

Eden Liversidge Aesthetic route Inspiration: Luxury cars Après ski, focusing on sexy swimwear and lounge outerwear with cording detail Competitions: Selected to present to Coco de Mer Achievements: Featured in Underlines Magazine Placements: Next, Something Wicked T: 07714 872041 E:

Megan Lay Aesthetic route Inspiration: Sea urchins Casual and statement streetwear inspired by sea urchins and metal hardware Placements: Next T: 07749 870605 E:

Riarna Graham Aesthetic route Inspiration: club Kid drag subculture Avant Garde festival wear with a cross-over between swim and lingerie styles Placements: Self-Employed Clothing Brand ‘WIDE EYED’ T: 07841 010911 E:

Tabitha Morris Technical route Inspiration: The struggles of those with autism and sensory abnormalities, and how to physically/aesthetically alleviate these struggles High comfort lingerie and nightwear, pastel colours, featuring compression around the torso T: 07454 889559 E:

Boux Avenue is pleased to support the Contour Fashion Course in its London catwalk show We wish the 2019 graduates every success for the future

Sian Hickey Technical route Inspiration: Aesthetic inspired by stained glass and technical inspiration from The Handmaid’s Tale and dystopia Period-proof lingerie Competitions: Finalist: Coco de Mer external client project Achievements: Featured in Underlines Magazine Placements: Clover International (Hong Kong), Posie Lingerie T: 07500 722635 E: Sian Hickey

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...are proud to be silver sponsors of the Contour Catwalk Show 2019

Congratulations to the 2019 De Montfort University graduates

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The School of Design at DMU offers a range of fashion related postgraduate taught programmes that are based in the award-winning Vijay Patel Building such as: • The Fashion and Textiles MA is a research-inspired, practice-based and design-led adventure for experienced fashion, intimate apparel, footwear, accessories and textile designers and creatives • The Textile Design, Technology and Innovation MSc is more suited to those applicants wishing to pursue technical or technology-based research and development projects

For details of all our fashion related postgraduate programmes, visit Based in our dedicated Postgraduate Centre within the Vijay Patel Building, you will learn from an expert teaching team who are active in their own fields and maintain links with current designers and industry, ensuring they teach real-world, relevant skills. We provide a stimulating environment for highly motivated, creative and innovative graduates from fashion and textile design disciplines to take their practice and research to the next level of development. There is a close-knit community of postgraduate students and staff which creates a supportive learning environment for students from around the world.

For further information about our courses: T: +44(0)116 2 50 6070 E: W:

We wish the 2019 Contour Fashion Course graduates every success for the future!

Congratulations from UKFT Wishing the 2019 graduates and future UKFT members the best of luck. UKFT is the most inclusive British network for fashion and textile companies, bringing together 2,500 designers, manufacturers, agents and retailers to promote their businesses and our industry in the UK and throughout the world. UKFT is in a unique position, representing businesses from spinning, weaving and knitting, right through to catwalk and aftercare. JOIN US. We can help you with... • • • • • • • •

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THANK YOU The Contour Fashion BA (Hons) graduates of 2019 would like to express their thanks to the teaching staff and technical support teams for their unwavering help, dedication, and enthusiasm. An enormous thank you to all of our sponsors for their support and generosity in nurturing the future of our industry: Sponsors: Platinum sponsors Stretchline, Platinum sponsors Gymshark, Gold sponsors F&F, Silver sponsors Figleaves, silver sponsors Carvico, silver sponsors Boux Avenue, silver sponsors Loungeunderwear, Nubian Skin, Ace Style, Underlines Magazine, Diamond Mowers, Crystal Martin (HK), Clover International (HK), Curvy Kate, Wacoal, Royce Lingerie, Next, The Lycra Company, Tommy Hilfiger, Coco de Mer, Pistol Panties, F.Ciment Pleating, Contour Specialist Fabrics, Naturana, UKFT, Elizabeth Stanhope, Femina Lace, Chiquita Bacana, Sue & Malcom Vagg. Additional thanks: Christine Davis, Fiona Bailey, Helen Donnellan, Richard Jewitt, Karuna Patel, Raj Chauhan, Julian Fuller, Aaron Wood, Stuart Hartley, F Ciment Pleating, Karishma Berry, Fatima Sattar, Angela Davies, Mikesh Chauhan, Thomas Frith, Euromet, Georgia Myatt, Lucy Wright, Eline Piso, Melissa Holden, Vicky Evans, Terence Senford, Carvico, Ed Priestnall, Bemis, Pam Scott, Phil Townsend, Fildan, Ali Lomas, Boselli, Sew Systems, Brignoli, Lauren Smith, Mark Pyne, Janice Palfrey, Olivia Wilson, Anna Gately-O.Neill, Monica Harrington, Damien Graham, Claire O,Neill, Tracy Rogan, Lucy Litwack, Mickael Sabbah, Elissa Grainger, Zoe Price-Smith, K. Newman, Liz Bolt, Simon Platts, Kobi Ampona, Lucy Salter, Grace Pickard, Charlotte Davies, Chris Wright, Claudia Lambert, Victoria Shelton and Will Baker Staff and Technical Team: Laurie Truscott, Emma Rose, Julie Swinfield, Craig Spellar, Catherine Livingstone, Jadzia Garrett, Diljit Kaur, Sue Dean, Kelly MacRobie, Jo Earle, Rachel Toner (Programme Leader) and Gillian Proctor (Associate Professor) Brochure: Photography: Ali Lomas Hair: Tim Furssedonn Make-up: Katy Short Models: Georgia Myatt, Halina Markiewicz, Paige Manning, Angelica Sephton, Ben Roberts, Sam Adjei and Tracy Neale Catwalk: Production: Made Up Photography: Simon Armstrong and Ali Lomas Hair: Tim Furssedonn Make-up: Jo Sugar Models: Bookings and DMU models

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Arts, Design and Humanities De Montfort University The Gateway Leicester LE1 9BH T: (0116) 2 50 60 70 E: Gillian Proctor Associate Professor for Contour Fashion T: (0116) 257 7396 E:

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