DMU grad shines in 'controversial' catwalk show

A Contour Fashion graduate from De Montfort University wowed an audience of more than 1,000 with her innovative lingerie designs at the Cambridge University fashion show over the weekend.

Hannah Farrugia Sharples presented a couture lingerie line named the Hybrid Collection at the charity event, which took place on Saturday at Cambridge House.

The show raised more than £10,000 for charity, but was heavily criticised by the British media, with some titles labelling it as "outlandish" and "bondage-themed".

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Defending the event, one of its chief organisers Amna Hameed described Sharples as one eleven "amazing" designers involved in the show and insisted the emphasis placed on female ‘nudity’ and ‘controversial outfit choices’ has been “misconstrued.”

Other designers who showcased their work at Cambridge House included graduates from prestigious fashion schools, such as Central Saint Martins, or high-end brands, like Amanda Wakeley, LK Bennett, and Ted Baker.

“On a high-fashion runway, this would not have been deemed ‘controversial’," Hameed told the Independent.

Sharples was scouted for the event by organisers who saw her work on Instagram. She has also been asked to take part in St Andrews’ Charity Fashion Show, the same show that Kate Middleton modelled in when she was a student.

The DMU graduate developed a complex weaving technique to create her Hybrid Collection, which is made almost entirely out of velvet.

The range, inspired by unusual textural surfaces within nature, includes hourglass-enchancing corsets, tube tops and fringed shoulder pads.

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