Historical corset collection inspires DMU students

Contour Fashion students at De Montfort University have taken inspiration from the Symington Collection of period corsetry to make a range of compression corsets.

Students were allowed access to the Symington Collection – the most comprehensive corset collection in the world – at the Snibston Discovery Museum in Leicester, before creating their own garments.

Derbyshire-based Notty Hornblower, who runs the Hope Museum of Costume, was also in the studio to explain to students how corsets from different periods were worn, allowing them to evaluate the design, production and finish elements needed to create a vintage corset.

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Gillian Proctor, the programme leader for Contour Fashion commented: “This is an ideal project to launch awareness of our rich historical past and to fully comprehend the idiosyncrasies of dress through decades of fashion.”

“The students are encouraged to embrace new technologies and methodologies, including Lectra Modaris and Cad to resolve the innovative challenge,” added Proctor.

 

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