It’s a long time since Jessica Prebble studied De Montfort University Leicester (DMU)’s world-renowned Contour Fashion course, but twenty years on and she now has her own lingerie label with a reality TV star as its face.
After graduating from DMU, Jessica spent the best part of the next two decades working as a lingerie designer before going rogue with her own label in 2013, Tutti Rouge, which has gone from strength to strength and she now sells her ‘fuller bust’ products in more than a dozen countries across the world.
With the success of Tutti Rouge snowballing, Jessica looked for a face for her Autumn/Winter 2014 and Spring/Summer 2015 collections, and after a chance tweet sent after watching a television programme, that face became Made In Chelsea’s Ashley James.
Jessica said: “My time at DMU was a stepping stone for my career, I really enjoyed how creative I could be - it was my first taste of the fashion industry and it sure made me want more!
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“When I did Contour Fashion, there were only around 15 students on the course. It was and still is a really niche course and that is what I love about it! I became very disciplined and the course focused my attention on becoming a lingerie designer in my own right. I became so focused and determined that I launched my ‘own label’ business.
“I discovered Ashley after watching an episode of MIC, I sent a tweet to her asking if she would like to work with us and well, the rest is history as they say! Ashley is so fun to work with, each season she brings vibrancy and fabulous poses to our shoots.”
The benefits of bringing in a star like Ashley James aren’t enough for Jessica though, the hard work never stops and designing new products is an endless task as she strives to expand the Tutti Rouge name further still.
She added: “Running your own label is certainly a challenge and the fuller bust market is somewhat competitive, but Tutti has seen great success in a short amount of time, we are growing the team and brand each day.
“We are always evolving as a brand, ensuring Tutti Rouge stands out from the crowd. I am constantly sketching new designs, whether it be on the train, at my desk or the breakfast table. I live for lingerie and I think passion is the key to overcoming challenges and making the journey an exciting one!”
SCRIBBLE: Jessica's early sketches of garments worn by Ahsley James (above)
Posted on Wednesday 22nd April 2015