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DMU to make history at the world's leading event for fashion graduates


CATWALK: Joel Bostock's collection

De Montfort University (DMU) will be making history when designs from the world-renowned Contour Fashion course hit the catwalk at Graduate Fashion Week (2-5 June).

This will be the first time, in the show’s 22-year history, that lingerie and swimwear designs have been showcased alongside collections created by fashion students.

The Contour Fashion course, which specialises in lingerie, underwear, bodywear, swimwear, loungewear, nightwear, sportswear and corsetry, has existed for more than 65 years and is widely regarded as one of the best in the world by industry experts.

Eighteen final-year students on the course have been selected to showcase their designs at the event - including Sian Whitefoot who was named ‘Lingerie Designer of the Year’ at the international Triumph Inspiration Awards.

The 21-year-old beat competition from 20 other students to win the UK final, before heading to Shanghai and competing against 37 other countries to win the international final and the coveted title. Her winning design is in development with the lingerie company and is due to go on sale in 2015. Sian also customised a garment for Triumph which was displayed at London Fashion Week alongside pieces by designers Matthew Williamson, Louise Gray, Fyodor Golan and Felder Felder.

Also to hit the catwalk are designs by Eve Cotterill, 22, who has already secured a job in Hong Kong with international intimate apparel manufacturers Clover Group International and Katy Howard, 21, who is jetting off to America in the Autumn to start her new position as a designer with Abercrombie and Fitch.

This month will be extra special for 21-year-old Katy Menzies who will not only be showcasing her collection but will also see one of her designs sold by retail giant Marks & Spencer.

As well as being the first university to feature contour designs, DMU is also the only institution hosting two catwalk shows with garments produced by students from the Fashion Design course.

Sixteen final year students from the course will showcase their collections including Naomi Lobley, 21, who was awarded ‘Knitted Textile Designer of the Year’ at the Clothes Show Live 2012 and ‘Knitter of the Year’ at the 2011 event.

Kim Phillips, 22 and Aimee Brown, 21, who have both already had children’s knitwear sold in Marks & Spencer, will also see their designs on the stage, along with Joel Bostock, 22 who is following in his family’s fashion footsteps. His mum Kate Bostock was head of general merchandise at Marks & Spencer until last year and is now head of product and trading for online fashion retailer ASOS. His father, Neil Bostock, is owner of international knitwear design company Scantex Europe Ltd, suppliers of some of the UK’s largest clothing retailers.

And it is not just final year students from DMU showcasing at the prestigious event. Second year Fashion Design student Stacey Warner, 20, is one of six finalists for a national competition set by George, sponsors of this year’s show.

The winner of the ‘Global Traveller Competition’, which is set around designing outfits inspired by international cultures, will not only receive £1,000 and an internship at George, but will also see their designs being produced and sold by the brand.

Stacey’s Mexican-inspired collection uses bright bold colours and includes patterns created using laser cutting and brightly coloured shoelaces for detailing.  The winner of the competition will be announced on Monday 3 June.

Graduate Fashion Week is being held at Earls Court 2. DMU’s Contour Fashion catwalk is on Monday 3 June at 6:30pm and Fashion Design is Tuesday 4 June at 2pm. For more information visit:


Posted on Friday 31st May 2013

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