Corby student’s swimwear chosen for London fashion show

Catherine Hogan (middle) with models showing off some of her designs
Catherine Hogan (middle) with models showing off some of her designs

A Corby student showed her work on the London catwalk in front of some of the biggest names in the industry after her designs impressed judges at a competition run by her university.

Catherine Hogan, of Alberta Close, Corby, is in her third year studying the world-renowned Contour Fashion course at De Montfort University in Leicester, which specialises in lingerie, corsetry, swimwear, sportswear and nightwear.

Following a rigorous selection event, in which she had to dress six models in her ambitious designs and present them to a panel of top industry judges, Catherine found out last week that her work would be paraded along the catwalk in Covent Garden’s Freemason’s Hall this week (Wednesday, June 3).

DMU’s annual Contour Fashion show is a golden opportunity for third year students to show off their work in front of an audience of industry heads and journalists, presenting the students with an incredible experience of working in one of the world’s fashion capitals while having the opportunity to impress potential employers.

Catherine, who previously studied at Brooke Weston Academy, created a collection called Ocean Vibe. It was influenced by jellyfish and their bright colours to develop the print she used. She also incorporated mesh to resemble the transparency of the jellyfish.

The catwalk show will be the icing on the cake of Caitlin’s three year course, which included gaining work experience at industry giants Ted Baker, in London, and Fleur of England in Bristol.

Contour Fashion Course Programme Leader Gillian Proctor, whose strong links with the contour industry has been built on a career working for huge fashion names such as Karl Lagerfeld and Armani, said: “Contour Fashion is an excellent showcase for the breadth of the intimate apparel industry. I am astounded by the ongoing development of creativity and technical excellence and proud of the students’ achievements.”

Gillian sat on the judging panel alongside Mandy Ferrand, creative director for Courtalds, fashion consultant Craig Spellar, David Finlayson, owner of the APM sales agency for lingerie and swimwear, Monica Harrington of world famous lingerie brand Triumph and Sarah Blackman, editor of the industry’s Lingerie Insight magazine.

Established in 1947 to support the local corset industry, DMU Contour Fashion is the oldest and most successful degree-level course in intimate apparel and is widely regarded by industry experts as one of the best in the world.