The winner of the Rising Star of the Year Award is Elissa Grainger.
After graduating with her first class degree in Contour Fashion at De Montfort University, Elissa Grainger was selected to showcase her graduate collection on the Contour Fashion catwalk in June 2015.
Since graduating, Elissa has been recognised under the Prince’s Trust Young Enterprise programme and was named the winner of the St. Andrews Young Designer Award 2016.
After becoming inundated with order requests from her 12k+ Instagram fans, Elissa Poppy was launched as a brand. Products offer a luxurious alternative to classic latex garments, celebrating the fetish history of latex with a feminine aesthetic.
Elissa won the ASOS Fashion Discovery competition in October, receiving a business grant of £50,000, and has also won a place on the De Montfort University Crucible Project.
Amelia Louise Stephenson