De Montfort University second year contour student Hannah Catherine Thomas has been announced as the May winner of online retailer If You Please’s student showcase.
If You Please judges said that they were ‘instantly grabbed by a complex design, all green sequins and adjustable straps’.
Thomas created the ‘Futuristic Infusion’ piece during her first year, and has since gone on to have her designs displayed at some of the World’s best known trade shows, such as Interfiliere in Paris.
This is not the first taste of success that Thomas, who has worked for brands such as Agent Provocateur and Fleur of England, has had over the past year. She was also picked as the winner of the Charnos Shapewear competition and as a finalist in the UK Triumph Inspiration Awards, after submitting a piece made from lace encased within vacuum-formed plastic. When asked about the inspiration behind this particular creation, she said:
"I wanted to stretch and challenge the creative process and use unusual materials. I was inspired by women’s desire to seek man-ipulations to their figures."
Thomas usually gains inspiration from new places and can build the foundations of a design from something as simple as a picture or a piece of architecture.
Her ambition is to eventually set up her own brand and she has already developed her own website www.hannah-catherine.com to showcase her current designs.