Elissa Grainger, an emerging lingerie designer who was crowned Rising Star of the Year in the 2016 UK Lingerie Awards, will exhibit her portfolio of work in a new gallery space at De Montfort University (DMU).
The Contour Fashion graduate will showcase her designs in the glass-fronted gallery located at the base of the Arts Tower in the Vijay Patel building, the cutting-edge new home to the university’s art and design courses.
The opening will mark the 70th anniversary of the internationally acclaimed Contour Fashion course.
On display this spring, the exhibition will feature Grainger’s trademark latex lace designs, including her final-year collection, which was showcased on the Contour Fashion catwalk in June 2015, and an innovative black and white range which won her the St. Andrews Young Designer Award 2016.
Grainger will also showcase her crinoline design, which shared centre stage with rock legend Brian May last year, during the exclusive launch of his new book at the Victoria & Albert museum.
Since graduating, Grainger has been inundated with order requests from her 12k+ Instagram fans and launched Elissa Poppy as a brand.
Products offer a luxurious alternative to classic latex garments, celebrating the fetish history of latex with a feminine aesthetic.
Grainger 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.
She was named the 2016 UKLA Rising Star of the Year in January.