Lingerie School: De Montfort University Graduates, 2014

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Karolina Laskowska

After three years studying Contour Fashion at De Montfort University, the end is finally in sight – I’m about to graduate from Lingerie School! Contour Fashion is a degree that specialises in intimate apparel – covering almost all areas of lingerie and then some. We’ve studied everything from corsetry to swimwear, and each chose our own final major projects – some girls chose to go down a technical route to fulfill a market niche, whilst others chose to design around aesthetics, pushing the boundaries of lingerie design.

My class is full of incredibly talented individuals and I’m so proud of what everyone has achieved- we all started at the same place, yet the final collections that everyone has created are so wonderfully varied, both from an aesthetic and technical perspective. Our final projects give students an opportunity to create something unique and boundary pushing, without having to worry about the consequences of whether the garments would sell at retail – it’s some of the most beautiful lingerie that sadly you’ll never be able to buy! I’m sharing a small fraction of this year’s graduate’s work with you and I hope you love it all as much as I do. Thank you to De Montfort University for letting me share all this incredible work with you!

All photoshoot images courtesy of De Montfort University, all other images belong to the respective designers.

Akaibi Vine

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Akaibi’s project is focused on sportswear for people with limited dexterity and flexibility, taking her inspiration from the Paralympics that were founded in her home town. By conducting interviews with people that suffer from limited mobility, she developed special silicone grips to help aid the process of dressing. The amount of technical detail and consideration that has gone into this collection is astounding and I can’t do it justice in a short paragraph – nevertheless, as a collection it’s a fresh and interesting take on sportswear, in a woefully underserved market.

Amber Khan

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Amber created a corsetry and lingerie based collection, taking its inspiration from oriental florals and 1950s silhouettes and fabric techniques. It’s focused on rigid structures designed to emphasize the contours of the female body. She used fan lacing as a key feature in the garments, taken from her love of vintage corsetry, as well as trying to recreate the structures of oriental fans. Amber designed her own floral print for the collection, using a mix of illustrations in digital print and embroidery.

Charlie Watson

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Charlie’s collection is inspired by the natural decay of flowers, using the varied textures throughout her surface embellishment. She’s used both modern and vintage shapes to create a stunning range of boudoir wear, with luxurious fabrics such as delicate leavers laces, silk satins, georgettes and chiffons. Corded lace was carefully positioned and appliquéd over the sheer fabrics to protect the wearer’s modesty, giving the collection a seductive and playful edge.

Charlotte Watson

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Charlotte’s collection ‘Aurora’ approaches soft bras from a fresh direction, using unusual construction features such as overbust and sidebust slings to give the garments aesthetic appeal as well as uplifting and supporting the breasts. Aesthetic inspiration came from glacier formations (with an icy colour palette and delicate lace applique and beading), whilst styling took its inspiration from the 1920s and 30s.

Charlotte Spence

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Charlotte was initially inspired by a 1920s barber chair, with the design process focusing on each of the chair’s individual elements, from the textured upholstery to the intricate iron works. The collection is called ‘The Cut Lilac Collection’ and includes intricately laser cut faux metallic snakeskin along with lilac silk and crepe contrast elements.

Daisy Hobbs

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Daisy’s collection ‘L’Amore a La Vie’ is designed with a bride’s trousseau in mind – building up each outfit for her special day. Her inspiration originated from a Fabarge exhibition and an exploration into the life of the Royals and the part that sheer excess played. The collection uses delicate Chantilly laces and luxurious silks.

Emma Stubbs

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‘Labyrinth’ takes its inspiration from traditional black work embroidery, updating it with a modern twist. Emma developed the print from her own illustrations, creating floral motif patterns from drawings of crowns, jewels and masquerade masks. The designs are created as one-off show pieces and are embellished with lace and beading.

Georgie McCarten

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Georgie’s collection ‘Palazzo di Giardino’ was initially inspired by intricate and elegant Florentine architecture. Golden silk satins and chiffons are layered with lace appliqué and hints of blue, accented with crackled blue leather and embellished with beading. The collection is aimed at a boutique lingerie level.

Jennifer Lodge

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Jennifer’s collection focused on the market niche of women with a 36-44 D-K cup bra size in dress sizes 14-26, creating a range of luxury boudoir lingerie. Entitled ‘A Russian Affair’, it was inspired by decadent Russian palaces with bold colours and striking gold embellishments. Stretch mesh was used to shape and control the body, with silk chiffons and satins creating fluidity and movement.

Karolina Laskowska

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My collection focused on bespoke corsetry, drawing its inspiration from Japanese kimono and antique corsetry, with colouration drawn from orchids and French macarons. All of the corsetry utilised genuine vintage kimono silks, upcycling them to give them a new lease of life. They’ve been paired with exquisite French leavers laces, both as a fabric and intricate appliqué. The corsets were all designed to give dramatic shaping, with a cupped rib silhouette allowing for comfortable waist reduction.

Nancy Hallam

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Nancy’s collection is called the ‘Ethereal Bride collection’. It draws its inspiration from Edwardian fashion and architecture, using exquisite hand made laces with intricate beading and luxurious silks.

Rosa Silva

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Rosa created a collection of high end swimwear entitled ‘Ceylon’. Her prints were inspired by Sri Lanka, conveyed through kaleidoscopic designs and rich embellishments. Designs are fashion forward with dramatic strapping details and exciting trimmings, from pompoms to beading, with contrast panelling in PVC.

Selina Bond

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‘Bella Suora’ drew its inspiration from the catacombs of Napoli and the clothing of Italian widows and nuns, in particular the use of lace and structure head-dresses. Selina created a collection of luxury lingerie, pairing unusual materials – carbon fibre was used to create structure, contoured pieces, which leavers laces gave lingerie an elegant contrast.

Sophie Cook

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Sophie’s initial inspiration was drawn from images of insects covered in dew drops, which later led to a study of the shaping of coral. Her collection echos the delicacy of detail found within the insects’ wings, contrasted with the harsh structure of the coral. Fins stretch meshes and crepe de chine were used, paired with delicate lace appliqué and embellished with beads and Swarovski crystals, a visual translation of glistening dew drops.

 

Readers: Which of these designs are your favourite? Have you ever considered studying lingerie design?

 

 

 

Karolina

Karolina

Contour Fashion graduate. Spends most of her time sewing bras and getting excited by shiny things.

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12 Comments

  1. 03/06/14 at 9:57

    I am Charlotte Spence’s Gran and went to the Graduate Fashion Catwalk Show in London. I was amazed at the incredibly high standard of design from her and her fellow graduate students! As good as it gets!

  2. RDPJ
    03/06/14 at 10:29

    What incredible work. Great to see that all lingerie lovers have even more to look forward too!

  3. 03/06/14 at 22:05

    I’m a bit biased so I would say your collection is my favourite! Amber Khan is a close second.
    I am actually quite fascinated with lingerie design, if I could afford it, I would definitely take classes :)

  4. jessa
    04/06/14 at 7:16

    Love the Russian Affair collection, that would be a wonderful option for full bust as well as full figured women. I also love the print in the final collection, so detailed. My absolute favorite piece is your corset dress though! It’s so beautiful, can I ask how much something like that would cost to make>

    • 04/06/14 at 8:09

      Thank you for your comment! I actually had to accurately calculate the cost of the corset dress if it went to retail and it would be around £1300, though this is the sort of design that would never make it into shops!

  5. Honey!
    04/06/14 at 16:21

    Oh this is my favorite article in forever! How fantastic to see all the designs! I’m so impressed by Akaibi Vine’s innovation and consideration. I would buy up your corset dress and Amber Khan’s corset in a heartbeat and get pieces from Charlie Watson, Georgia McCarten, Selina Bond for sure!

  6. Dominic Spence
    05/06/14 at 3:28

    All were brilliant and although biased, Charlotte Spence’s was up there with the best of them. I guess it’s the ‘Design For The Time’ that will ultimately win out by way of a successful career in this exciting and fast moving sector.

  7. 06/06/14 at 9:00

    Amber Khan’s :) It’s the perfect mix of edgy and girly with that floral print.

    I’m also really loving the look of the pieces in Nancy Hallam’s sketches and those AMAZING prints by Rosa Silva. If all grads actually released their collections to buy I’d be bankrupt, so much talent…

  8. 07/06/14 at 15:16

    That Daisy Hobbs dress is to die for!! Is there really no way to get it?

  9. Lindsay
    07/06/14 at 16:07

    Stunned. Always wanted to design lingerie, didn’t even know where to start. Boys are generally not encouraged down this route.
    All your work is beautiful and would command high prices. You are all very talented!
    Going to start looking for lingerie design courses available in my home town.

    Thank you so much Karolina and Cora and all your sponsors. You have given me something very special. Possibly a new direction.

    Lindsay

  10. Auna
    07/06/14 at 17:28

    I loved your collection and Charlie Watson’s! I love the way you played with the fabrics and made corsets that look beautiful, elegantly structured, and comfortable! The lace used in Charlie’s called to me, along with the cling of the sheer materials. I loved all of them, but those were my favorites!
    I have considered it in the past, but I’m currently heading for a degree in Computer Information Systems. My thought is, once I have my own money I can go for a degree in lingerie design. Maybe my collections will be featured here one day, too!

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