DMU students and graduates snap up slot on international runway

A group of lingerie and fashion graduates and students from De Montfort University have been awarded the opportunity to present their creations on a high-profile international runway.

The university has confirmed that a selection of current and former students from its Contour Fashion and Fashion Design courses will be showcasing at the Great Festival of Innovation in Hong Kong.

DMU is the only higher education partner for the Great Festival, which is led by the Department for International Trade. It aims to deepen trade and business relationships between China and the UK, and present opportunities for making new connections between Britain and the Far East.

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During the event, which runs from Wednesday 21 March to Saturday 25 March, student work by Fashion Design’s Raabia Arif and Abisola Akkani and Contour Fashion’s Carys Gill will be modelled in the main arena by models standing on plinths.

Then a catwalk show will take place in the festival arena at the end of the week featuring six graduates from Contour Fashion; Tara O’Donovan, Charlie Chiddle, Lucy Watkins, Ellie Beaumont, Jessie Drabble and Lauren Smith, and six graduates from Fashion Design; Abisola Akkana, Raabia Arif, Bethany Griffiths , Ahnees Butt, Hannah Barnett and Eleanor Bandey.

The work of DMU Fashion Design graduate Hazel Symons will also be on display. Hazel was the toast of the global fashion industry after winning the 25th Graduate Fashion Week Gold Award by Oracle.

DMU’s Contour Fashion course, which studies the design of intimates such as lingerie, nightwear, sportswear and corsetry, is the oldest of its kind in the world and last year celebrated its 70th anniversary.

Senior Lecturer, Rachel Toner, said: “GREAT is a highly regarded event and it is phenomenal that DMU is the Higher Education Partner and that Contour work will be shown in a global environment.

“It will offer us an opportunity to show the intricacies and complexities of truly innovative contour work that we create on our course. We can also let the world know that the graduates that come from DMU are second to none.”

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