As De Montfort University’s Contour Fashion course celebrates its 70th anniversary, programme leader Gillian Proctor delves into the history of the course and explains how it has evolved over the decades.
The Contour Fashion course was established in 1947 to support the local corsetry industry in Leicester, once the centre of lingerie and hosiery manufacturing.
Several manufacturers have since moved abroad and their factories incorporated into the DMU campus, but the Contour Fashion programme’s ties with the industry remain as strong as ever.
In the video interview below, programme leader Gillian Proctor explains how the course has maintained its relationships with leading employers in the intimate apparel industry and discusses the skills that brands are looking for in new graduates.
Speaking from DMU’s new £66 million Vijay Patel building, she also touches on how the university’s art and design facilities have developed to support Contour Fashion students and talks for the first time about a new Contour Fashion Communication course, which starts in October.
Proctor also reveals how Contour Fashion will celebrate its 70th anniversary over 18 months, with a special graduate fashion show and travelling exhibition that will chart the history of underwear manufacturing in Leicester.
Finally, Proctor reacts humbly on behalf of the entire Contour Fashion team to being named in the Lingerie Insight’s 2017 Power List.