A Contour Fashion student from De Montfort University has taken the top prize in a national design competition launched by Boux Avenue.

Betsan Evans beat design students from 40 universities to claim the Lingerie and Swimwear Award during Graduate Fashion Week.

She impressed the judges with her luxury lingerie collection inspired by scaffolding and beauty found in mundane objects. The boudoir range incorporates satin with laser-cut leather.

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Boux Avenue launched the competition for the first time this year and is offering Evans a six week placement at the brand.

Evans said: “It was so unexpected when they announced my name and I really did not know what to say or do. I was so, so happy. Boux Avenue said they were really impressed by the attention to detail and the combination of different fabrics.”

Katherine Blake, another Contour Fashion student, and Holly Anderson from Bournemouth University were named runners-up in the lingerie and swimwear category.

Blake, who presented metal crinolines inspired by natural landscapes, said: “I am very proud as I have worked so hard on these garments. I live around the Peak District so it was good to visit the area and take pictures and take that as inspiration for my work.

Boux Avenue COO Alex Paphitis, who sat on the judging panel, said he was impressed by the high standard of lingerie and swimwear designs he saw on the catwalk.

“Choosing a winner was a real challenge. However, we were so impressed by Betsan Evans’ collection. Her innovative designs and use of unique fabrications were completely inspiring and demonstrated such talent.

“Betsan has an incredibly bright future ahead of her and we are very excited to have her join the Boux Avenue team for her six week placement. A huge well done also to Kathrerine Blake from De Montfort and Holly Anderson from Bournemouth University, who were runners-up in the category.”