Gillian Proctor

Job: Principal Lecturer & Programme Leader Contour

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Design

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 257 7396




Personal profile

Gillian is an internationally-recognised expert in her field, in particular on the history of the lingerie industry. She was also co-author of the first lingerie book for more than 45 years and has regularly worked as an expert consultant for radio and TV. 

Her strong links with industry have been built on a career working with huge fashion names such as Karl Lagerfeld and Armani. As a result students and graduates go on to secure placements and employment with some of the world’s biggest design names, including Abercrombie & Fitch, H&M, Agent Provocateur, Gap and Tommy Hilfiger.

Honours and awards

Vice Chancellor’s Award, 2014

Lifetime Achievement Award at the UK Lingerie Awards, 2013

Conference attendance

‘Idiosyncrasies of the Corset’, Speed Lecture, International Women’s Day, & Royal Visit, 2012

‘Going for Gold’, American University Conference, London 2010

Hand & Lock Conference & Scottish Style Awards, Glasgow, 2009

Textile Institute World Conference: Hong Kong, 2008

‘Extreme Fashion: Pushing the Boundaries of Design, Technology & Business’ Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, Conference, 2008 ’Structure, Constraint & Sexual Provocation’

Professional esteem indicators

Gillian has been a judge at the UK Lingerie Awards since they began three years ago and also chairs the International Institute of Intimate Apparel.

Selected media interviews and events

GREAT Festival of Creativity, Shanghai - February 2015

International Institute of Intimate Apparel - February 2015

Urban Fox: Interview: ’My Way’ - February 2015

Lectra Congress, Paris: Presentation: French Style with a British Twist’ with Carolyn Hardaker - February 2015

Radio 4: Dons & Student Quiz representing Contour Fashion - February 2015

VIP Eurovet Committee Member - January 2015

Women in Philanthropy - January 2015

UK Lingerie Awards, London - December 2014

Visiting Lecturer; Medical Association: ‘History of the Corset’ - November 2014

Judging Panel: UK Lingerie Awards - October 2014

Interview: World’s Number 1 Model Magazine:  ‘Contour in Conversation’ August 2014

MA Validation Panel - July 2014

Article: ‘Lingerie Destinations’: ASBCI Clothing Industry Handbook - July 2014

Contour Ball Committee Member - July 2014

Vice Chancellor’s Oscar Ceremony - winner Vice Chancellor’s Award - June 2014

BBC Radio Leicester Interview - Contour & Lifetime Work - June 2014

Festival of Creativity, Sao Paolo, Brazil. Exhibition, The British House, TV/guest Lecture presentation, and interviews for Brazil fashion TV, Exhibition at Escola Design School, visits to FAAP, Escola and Senac Universities - June 2014

Organiser: Contour Catwalk Show, Graduate Fashion Week, London - June 2014

ASBCI AGM; Lecture: ‘Structure, Constraint & Sexual Provocation: The History of the Corset’, Rutland - April 2014

History of Lace Lecture (week 21) - February 2014

Interview: L’Equippe Magazine: Contour Fashion - January 2014

Interview: ‘Lingerie Language’ Fashion London Magazine - December 2013

Interview: Lingerie Insight Magazine: Winning & Achieving - December 2013

Interview: Leicester Mercury: ‘Lifetime in Lingerie’ - December 2013

‘Titivations of a Corsetiere’, Nottingham - September 2013

‘History of the Corset’ Summer Lecture, American University, London - August 2013

Article ’65 Years of Contour & Contour’ Lingerie Insight Magazine

‘Where are they now?’ Lingerie Buyer Magazine article

'Up & Coming Graduates’, Lingerie Buyer Magazine, 2012

‘History of the Silhouette’, Lecture, MAFB, Oct, 2011

Triumph Inspiration Awards, Berlin, 2011