A contour fashion graduate from De Montfort University Leicester is making her mark in the international lingerie world after taking Canadian catwalks by storm and starting a dream design job in Germany.
Canadian Kimberley Hamilton, who graduated with first class honours in Contour Fashion this summer, returned home to showcase her degree collection at Western Canada Fashion Week (WCFW), before relocating to Germany to begin working for LACE Lingerie as a designer.
Hamilton left a career in marketing to study at the university and pursue her dream of designing lingerie. And while she admits that returning to studies later in life has been challenging, the move has certainly paid off.
“I had a clear idea in my mind that I wanted to learn everything that I could about designing larger cup bras, and how to create better fitting bras,” she explained.
“I’ve had many incredible opportunities to work with people in the industry, found a supportive mentor to guide me, and now I’ve landed a dream job, straight out of university. It’s never too late to follow your dreams, no matter how big they are.”
WCFW is the second largest fashion event in Canada, providing her with the ideal platform to showcase the designs she has been working on over the past year. “Everything went as well as it could be. I can’t picture it any better in my mind. I am incredibly pleased I did it,” she said.
Having moved to Germany to join up with LACE, Hamilton is now working on full-busted blouses, lingerie and swimwear, all of which will launch for summer 2016.
“I’m the first full-time in-house designer and technician for the company and I’m so lucky to be involved in the entire process of design, pattern development, sourcing and manufacturing, right through to see the retail sale to the customer fulfilled,” she said.
As well as securing a top job and seeing her collection take to the catwalk, Hamilton is working to establish her own intimates brand, Kimtimates, specialising in lingerie for larger-busted ladies.
Her degree collection of six outfits, The Enigma Collection, was inspired by WWII code-breaking technology in Bletchley Park, UK. It features highly detailed laser cut elements she custom-designed for the collection, silk trims and sheer panels, along with braided cord strap details and Swarovski crystals.
Designed with the fuller-busted woman in mind, Hamilton produced garments in 32GG and bottoms offering more coverage than most commercial lingerie designs.