Wow! What can I say, over the last few weeks we've been immersed with exceptional entries from our UK fashion and contour undergrads. We only wish we could feature them all.
This month we were instantly grabbed by a complex design, all green sequins and adjustable straps. Artfully constructed yet with an air of seductive femininity still maintained, the design belongs to Hannah Catherine Thomas, a second year contour student at DeMontfort University. Impressively, she created the 'Futuristic Infusion' piece during her first year, and has since gone on to have her designs displayed at some of the World's best known trade shows such as Interfiliere in Paris.
Hannah was also picked as the winner of the Charnos Shapewear competition and as a finalist in the UK Triumph Inspiration Awards, after submitting a piece made from pretty lace encased within vacuum-formed plastic. When asked about the inspiration behind this particular creation, Hannah said;
"I wanted to stretch and challenge the creative process and use unusual materials. I was inspired by women's desire to seek man-ipulations to their figures."
Hannah usually gains inspiration from new places and can build the foundations of a design from something as simple as a picture or a piece of architecture. She always considers how a garment would flatter and fit the female form.
Like many young designers, she would love to set up her own brand one day, and has already developed her own website www.hannah-catherine.com to showcase her current designs.
She's still got her final year to go and is loving every aspect of her course, all the time trying to get as many placements under her belt as possible (having already worked for Agent Provocateur and Fleur of England).
Hannah Catherine couldn't say who she'd most like to work for in the future. She sees the lingerie industry as a growing trade with so many new brands emerging all the time and like the team at If You Please, is exited for the future of lingerie.
For details on how to enter our 2011 Student Showcase, click here.