On a typical day, 4:00 PM might find this editor brewing a strong cup of tea before settling in to tackle the last few stories of the day. So it was with a sense of the surreal that teatime yesterday found us sitting on the front row of a fashion show, watching nearly nude models parade down a catwalk.
We interrupted our routine on the occasion of De Montfort Universitys Contour/Fashion Contour degree show. Over the course of the hour-long show, twenty students presented capsule collections containing some of the most inventive lingerie and bodywear weve encountered.
There were LED-piped PVC corsets by Ashley Edge, jockey-inspired racecourse silks from Kirsty Hall and Rio-ready tropical-print swimsuits by Sarah Burgess. Hand-painted grey and rose-pink peignoirs from Ros Strach carried a hint of the 30s boudoir, while moulded plastic printed to mimic lace met the real thing in Alexandra Ritchies bustiers and bodies. One crystal-sprinkled ivory mesh dress by Phoebe Blockley-Campton appeared almost bridal, despite its transparency.
De Montfort is the only UK university to offer a lingerie design as a degree course, and graduates have moved on to work for Agent Provocateur, Ralph Lauren and Jenny Packham, among others. Find out more here.