The lingerie and swimwear designs that will be presented at this year’s Contour Fashion show, hosted in London by De Montfort University, have been chosen by an industry panel.
Course leader Gillian Proctor was joined by five judges in Leicester on Tuesday in selecting 20 collections to be shown on the catwalk next month.
The panel included Lingerie Insight editor Sarah Clarke, Courtaulds creative director Mandy Ferrand, Triumph International product manager Monica Harrington, APM Agency director and founder of The Lingerie Edit David Finlayson, and Coco de Mer managing director Lucy Litwack.
Fifty students presented their work on models before the most innovative and creative designs were selected for the show, which will take place at Covent Garden’s Freemason’s Hall on June 13.
Others who were not selected will show their work at an exhibition during the event.
The catwalk show will be the icing on the cake for the students who during their time at DMU have won numerous competitions and placements with top brands including Gossard, Next, Lascivious, Aubade, H&M and Gap.
Louisa Haywood’s laser-cut crinoline creations were recently featured at the V&A museum and Oscar-winning Sands Films Studio as part of rock legend Brian May’s latest book launch.
The 21-year-old said: “Being selected for the catwalk is a great way to end a degree and it proves that hard work pays off.”
Having an engineer as a dad also came in handy when building her metal structures and laser-cutting her fabric.
Haywood added: “My dad’s really excited too as he’s invested so much in my work. He even helped build my shorter crinoline in his garage.”
Leicester’s Botanical Gardens were the inspiration behind Eliza McCann’s collection, which is skilfully dyed with homemade vegetable dyes.
The Gossard Commercial Prize winner said: “I still can’t believe I got picked. This is something I’ve been dreaming about for three years and it seems too good to be true.
“To have the chance to show my work in front of so many people from the industry will be such a proud moment.”
A regular DMU panellist with over 36 years of industry experience, Mandy Ferrand commented on the work she saw on selection day: “Being part of this process is great. The high-street is very price-driven which can stifle creativity, so I’m passionate about exposing new talent and DMU has heaps of it.
“DMU’s selection day never disappoints and there are always students that amaze you. At Courtaulds we often hire DMU graduates and seeing them grow and thrive is fantastic.”