Due to the high quality of this year’s competition entrants and the amount of effort that was invested into the competition, The Lingerie Collective has extended its offer of a space at the show to two students, this year.
Thousands voted on lingerieinsight.com for the ten finalists, all of whom deserve recognition for their inspirational designs.
It was a difficult task for The Lingerie Collective to choose its winner, but in the end it decided that the top two by vote, Christina Wan and Bianca Laporta, both deserved to share a rail at the event.
The Lingerie Collective founder Kelly Isaac said: “I have decided that we will have the top two finalists share a rail at the event in London. The votes were so close and we felt that both deserved to be recognised. It is also great to have winners from both of our fabulous UK based contour courses.
“Hopefully ,the experience will enable both Christina and Bianca to get a good understanding of what’s involved with exhibiting at a sales orientated event, as well as the opportunity to meet with buyers, press and designers. We are looking forward to having both the winners at the show in July.”
Christina Wan is graduating this summer from the Contour Fashion course of De Montfort University.
Wan looks to photography and luxury interiors for initial inspirations. She also draws influence from designers such as Marchesa, Carine Gilson and Dior.
Her final collection was inspired by the interiors of Royal palaces and vintage Louis Vuitton travel trunks, for which she took a research trip to Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, and Paris, to see the exhibition ‘Voyage En Capitale’. Each of the 15-piece collection is encrusted with crystal lace appliqué and lined in royal red silk satin to symbolise that ‘beauty shines from the inside-out’. She believes that beautiful lingerie should be worn to be seen and enhance a woman’s confidence, which is the philosophy to which she designs.
Whilst currently doing freelance work for private clients making bridal accessories and lingerie, she hopes to go on to work with luxury lingerie and eveningwear design houses in London to further her career in the lingerie industry.
Wan said: ‘It would be my ultimate dream to dress women like Blake Lively or Scarlett Johanssen’.
Bianca Laporta has just completed her third year in Fashion Contour at London College of Fashion, where she has participated in project briefs with industry partners such as Speedo, Sony Ericsson, Debenhams and The English National Ballet. Her third year involved her working in three industry placements: Lee Klabin, Alöe and ASOS.
Laporta’s achievements to date include her Ballet Russes/English National Ballet project being exhibited at the V&A Museum, where the prima ballerina wore it for the ballet performance. The professional photo shoot for this project also made it onto vogue.com.
She was also April’s If you Please Student Showcase winner and featured on its blog, in addition to the First Stitch section in the June issue of Lingerie Insight magazine. Last month, two of Laporta’s design pieces were requested and used for a magazine photo shoot for Phoenix Magazine, which will be published in its next issue.
Wan and Laporta will have the chance to exhibit their collections at the prestigious Lingerie Collective trade show, from the 3rd – 5th of July. They will also be featured, along with images of their work, in the July issue of Lingerie Insight magazine.
For those who did not have the chance to exhibit, this year, Lingerie Insight will continue to be holding a series of competitions over the following months for some fabulous prizes, so keep alert for updates.