Gillian Proctor is the programme leader for De Montfort University’s world-renowned Contour Fashion course.
Since joining the course in August 2008, she has been responsible for driving forward innovation and nurturing the future of the intimate apparel industry – and she’s certainly lived up to this role.
She not only inspires and supports the next generation of lingerie designers, but promotes the rich history of the craft through her work as an author, an industry consultant for television and the chair of the International Institute of Intimate Apparel.
Gillian is a internationally-recognised expert in her field and her strong links in the lingerie sector have been built on a career working with huge fashion names, such as Karl Lagerfield and Armani.
As a result, students and graduates have gone on to secure placements and employment with some of the world’s biggest design names, including Abercrombie & Fitch, H&M, Agent Provocateur, Gap and Tommy Hilfiger.
The Contour Fashion course marked its 70th anniversary in 2017 with celebratory drinks at the Mode City trade show in Paris and a special exhibition charting the history of Contour Fashion and lingerie making in Leicester.
In September, the DMU Heritage Centre was transformed to showcase student work from the past 70 years alongside current work and future trends predicted by Gillian.
Elissa Grainger, an award winning lingerie designer whose collections are sold at ASOS, also exhibited her portfolio of work in a gallery space at the Vijay Patel building, the cutting-edge new home to the university’s art and design courses.
Also in 2017, Gillian oversaw the launch of the Contour Fashion Communication Course, the first course of its kind in the world to combine contour fashion with fashion buying modules.
The three-year programme is designed to help students develop specialist skills in conceptual design, presentation formats, digital technologies, trend prediction, marketing, fashion business and entrepreneurship.
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Company: Contour Fashion, De Montfort University
Address: The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH
Tel: 0116 255 1551
Focus: Contour fashion design