Three years dedicated to designing cutting edge collections in contour fashion came to a climax in London last night when DMU students showed their work to some of the industry’s biggest names.
Designs ranging from luxury lingerie to sporty swimwear were paraded down the catwalk at the Freemasons’ Hall in Covent Garden.
Twenty students put on shows at 3pm and 7pm in front of talent spotters from companies such as Gap, Freya, ASOS, M&S, Gossard, Triumph and Fleur of England.
Legendary guitarist Brian May, who worked with the students on a crinoline design project, was also in the audience.
DMU Contour Fashion graduates who have since gone on to make their mark in the world of lingerie said they were blown away by what they saw.
Becky Nebel, now a chief lingerie designer for M&S, said: “I thought it was a fantastic show. It was great to see so many sports influences coming through on the catwalk.
“I think casualisation has hit DMU and there is less of a focus on traditional lingerie. It was also really interesting to see new technologies being incorporated into their work. But overall I think the leisure influences were really exciting.”
Penny Newton-Norris, who graduated in Contour Fashion in 2010, is now a swimwear technologist for Internet fashion house ASOS.
She said: “The show was really, really good. The detail was amazing and we saw students pushing boundaries with panel working and embellishment. Watching the show made me really miss being part of the show with DMU – all the tears and the stress. I wish I could go back and do it again.
“The students did an amazing job. They are always pushing boundaries, those contour girls at DMU,” she added.
The catwalk show represented the culmination of months of hard work for the students, who graduate in July.
Grace Garner, who designed a sports swimwear collection inspired by her trips to India and Thailand, said: “When I heard the music for my collection come on, I was nearly crying! It’s the end of an era. I’m proud but sad it’s ending, too.”
Megan Hall’s collection, Azure, was based on the Gaudi’s colourful architectural work in Barcelona: “I can’t believe that three years has come to an end so quickly.”
The entire Contour Fashion students’ collection will be on display from Friday at the annual degree show in Heritage House, De Montfort University.