The head of DMU’s world-renowned Contour Fashion course has been named as one of the major influencers in the UK lingerie industry in a prestigious “Power List 2018”.
Gillian Proctor, Programme Leader for the course, which teaches the art of creating lingerie, swimwear, corsetry and sportswear, has been singled out as one of 10 ‘Industry Influencers’ by the respected Lingerie Insight magazine.
And there is further recognition for the DMU course with graduate Nichole De Carle - whose creations have dressed A-list stars including Beyonce, Rita Ora, Jennifer Lopez, Cheryl Cole and Nicole Scherzinger - also appearing in the list for her London Contour Experts business.
Explaining Gillian’s entry into the prestigious list, the publication says: “Since joining the course in 2008, Gillian has been responsible for driving forward innovation and nurturing the future of the intimate apparel industry.
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“Gillian is an internationally-recognised expert in her field and her strong links in the lingerie sector have been built on a career working for huge fashion names, such as Karl Lagerfeld and Armani.
“As a result, students and graduates have gone on to secure placements and employment with some of the world’s biggest design names, including Abercrombie and Fitch, H&M, Agent Provocateur, Gap and Tommy Hilfiger.”
The citation also pays tribute to the celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of DMU’s Contour Fashion course in 2017, including the current exhibition in the DMU Heritage Centre.
It also sites Gillian overseeing the launch of DMU’s Contour Fashion Communication course – the first of its kind in the world to combine contour with fashion buying modules.
The entry for Nichole De Carle acknowledges the influence of her London Contour Experts business, which provides a consultancy service for those within the lingerie, swimwear and active wear markets.
Writing in the supplement, Lingerie Insight editor Sarah Clarke says: “We pay tribute to those industry professionals who make a substantial yet unrecognised contribution to the overall success of the intimate apparel industry, giving brands and retailers the limelight as they work tirelessly behind the scenes.
“These industry influencers are content to get their jobs done to the highest standards, without a fuss. Nevertheless they are very much intrinsic to the industry’s success.”
Gillian Proctor is hugely respected in the world-wide contour industry and has previously been awarded a lifetime achievement award at the UK Lingerie Awards.
Posted on Tuesday 19th December 2017