Contour Fashion (Communication) application portfolio advice

Your portfolio

Your portfolio should contain around 15-20 pieces. You will need to bring images of relevent sketchbook pages too.

We will also want to know which lingerie/swimwear brands inspire you and what you know about contemporary fashion. In your personal statement you can tell us which magazines you read, websites you visit and about any other cultural interests you have, i.e. film, music, architecture, dance, travel, sports etc. We advise you to look at Vogue, Elle or Bazaar and a lingerie magazine such as Lingerie Buyer, Underlines or Lingerie Insight or Drapers Record for up to date articles.

Most importantly we are looking at your potential to be a creative communicator. We don’t expect you to be exceptional in all the areas described below. We want you to be keen to learn and have ambitions for your own future.

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What are we looking for?

We are looking for:

  • A passion for all kinds of lingerie/swimwear
  • Drawing skills – you need to be able to demonstrate a range of approaches
  • How you generate ideas and develop them
  • Good presentation skills and ability to pitch concepts to others
  • Someone who can talk confidently about the fashion and intimate apparel industry to others

What should a portfolio contain?

Please include any evidence of your experience in IT (Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator and digital photography).


We like to see drawing in the broadest sense; from life drawing to experimental to design sketches. Fashion illustrations help, but we can help you to develop this style of drawing. Colour in your portfolio is vital.



Sketchbooks reveal how you take a design concept and develop ideas through experimentation. They reveal a great deal about how you approach a project, as well as evidence of things that inspire you. You should include visual references to contemporary brands/designers and show your interests in lingerie and the wider issues of fashion garments. You can include research from exhibitions or study trips abroad for example.


Project Work

We are looking to see how you develop an idea and how you research and respond to a project brief. Make sure you have a project in your portfolio that demonstrates creativity, a deep involvement in your work and your conclusion or final idea. This could be any art or design project (either as part of your course or an independent project), the subject doesn’t matter.

Project work

Written work

Please bring a recent example of writing. We like to see how well you write and how you think.

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