The world's oldest contour fashion course

Contour Fashion at DMU was established in 1947 by the British Corset Industry to support the rise of innovative and technical local designers.

Today it is a course dedicated to intimate apparel design and is widely regarded by industry experts as one of the best in the world.

Over the last 70 years, thousands of our students have dared to be different and created stunning designs which have earned themselves prestigious positions within the industry.


2017 sees a series of events celebrating Contour Fashion’s 70th Birthday, so keep visiting these pages to find out more about each occasion in this very special year.

There are very few large businesses specialising in lingerie, swimwear, leisurewear and nightwear that have not been influenced, in some way, by our exceptional graduates.

As the course enters its eighth decade, our alumni are still pushing the envelope with innovative creations for some of the biggest names in contour fashion.

DMU graduates can be found working for ASOS, Calvin Klein, Gossard, H&M, Tommy Hilfiger, Aubade, Curvy Kate and Stretchline, among others.

Under the tutelage of Gillian Proctor and her team, many alumni have gone on to create their own labels, causing a sensation when their work has been worn by superstars including Beyoncé, Rita Ora and Paloma Faith.

DMU is proud of every one of our graduates, as well as the outstanding academics, who have helped them take their first steps towards a flourishing professional career.


Click or tap on the links to read a selection of the amazing achievements by our recent Contour Fashion students and graduates as well as course leader Gillian Proctor.

Looking forward to the next 70 years

Contour Fashion Communication BA (Hons)

The nature of the industry means Contour Fashion at DMU can never rest on its laurels.

After 70 years of success, DMU’s contour course continues to innovate and guide students through the creation of designs that are always at the cutting edge.

DMU Contour Fashion is always looking to the future which is why we have now launched a unique Contour Fashion Communication BA (Hons).

It will prepare you for a career in marketing, social media, trend forecasting, product development, visual communication, PR and entrepreneurship.

You will study aspects of idea development, image, trend, styling, enterprise and business, industry and communication skills, social media applications and marketing.

Students will benefit from our extensive industry links and have the opportunity to work with companies on live projects and competitions.

Not only that, but the programme has an optional placement year, offering opportunities for work here in the UK, or overseas, as part of your studies.