Curvy Kate design competition winner announced

De Montfort University (DMU) student Charlotte Watson has earned a place at Europe’s top lingerie fashion show after winning a swimwear competition sponsored by the full-cup brand Curvy Kate.

Though this is the third year Curvy Kate has worked with the university, it’s the first time the competition has focused on swimwear. Watson’s entry consisted of a bathing suit, bikini and matching trousers inspired by the “universally flattering” colour of pistachio ice cream and the shapes of Italian architecture.

Watson will join Curvy Kate in Paris and participate in the International Salon de la Lingerie. Afterwards, she will fine-tune the collection for the brand’s Autumn/Winter 2014 line. Saying she “couldn’t be more thrilled” about winning the contest, Watson added that she has always admired Curvy Kate’s “ability to accommodate the many different shapes and sizes of women whilst still creating beautiful and feminine lingerie.”

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The competition’s second and third place contestants, Emma Stubbs and Emma Lander, are also pleased with their achievements. Stubbs, who was inspired by “sunny afternoons spent in the garden,” describes her experience as “amazing,” noting that it provided her with “such a confidence boost.” For Lander, creating an African-inspired collection with bold animal prints has awoken a new passion, making swimwear design “something I’d like to pursue in the future.”

Thanks to an abundance of exciting entries, selecting winners proved difficult for Curvy Kate Head Designer Charlotte Davies. Stating that the top three entrants captured the “the fusion between function and fashion we’re always striving to achieve,” she added Watson’s work is “very curve aware,” highlighting its ability to flatter the brand’s target customer base.

Lingerie expert Gillian Proctor, programme leader for the Contour Fashion course at DMU, is pleased with the collaboration as well. “This has been an ideal opportunity for students to interact with the industry,” she said, adding that there are “few design courses focusing on plus sizes. As a growing and profitable industry, we believe more undergraduates should explore the development of this area.” 


Look out for more images from the winning students in the April issue of Lingerie Insight.

Look out for more images from the winning students in the April issue of Lingerie Insight.



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