Home / Knowledge / News / Apparel/Garments / Students' innovative lingerie designs Wow industry bosses
Students' innovative lingerie designs Wow industry bosses
Dec '10
Students of De Montfort University's (DMU) unique Contour Fashion degree have wowed leading lingerie industry bosses with their innovative design ideas which will NOW go on display in Paris in the spring.

Second year students on the BA (Hons) Contour Fashion course at DMU in Leicester have won prizes courtesy of component manufacturers, Fildan Accessories for their designs incorporating the company's revolutionary new hook and eye fastening technology.

A selection of the students' work and the winning designs manufactured as garments for show on the Fildan Accessories stand at leading lingerie show, Interfilière Hong Kong – Mode Lingerie, March 30.31. 2011 in Hong Kong.

DMU is the only institution in the world offering specialised courses in the design and construction of bras and contour garments.

Course leader Gillian Proctor, senior lecturer Rachel Toner and technical lecturer David Morris were responsible for overseeing the design brief, the outcome of which contributes to the students' degree assessments.

Fildan Accessories are one of the most innovative companies worldwide involved in manufacturing plastic fasteners and small components and recently developed a new metal-free hook and eye fastening made from a combination of injected and microfibre elements.

The students were challenged with a competition brief to design and create innovative applications for Fildan's new, patented Butterfly Hook and Eye closing system. This is the first real alternative to metal hook and eye components developed by the lingerie industry for over a century.

Initial design boards presented by second year students form both Contour Fashion and Fashion & Contour design courses were shown by Fildan on their stand at 'Interfiliere', the Paris lingerie & swimwear trade show in September. This led to an expansion of the brief to take the new fastening to another level.

The three winning designs put forward by DMU students encompassed a wide range of applications from lingerie and swimwear, to maternity apparel and footwear.

Winning first prize for her 'Mama Amore Maternity and Nursing Range' designs was Sarah Cordery, 19, from Ipswich, who utilised Fildan's component as part of her supportive maternity creations “offering modern styling and exciting prints, whilst fulfilling the practical requirements of a nursing bra for new mothers.”

Sarah said: “My design incorporated unique aspects, and due to the versatile yet structurally sound design, the bra could be graded up to plus sizes, something also not catered for in feminine nursing wear.”

Sarah won an Apple MacBook which was presented to her at DMU by Gerhard and Mary Fildan, owners of Fildan Accessories and Malcolm Ball, Fildan's representative in the UK.

The two runners up, Elena Felby and Hannah Thomas were each awarded an Apple ipad for their excellent answers to the brief.

Elena Felby,19, from Gloucester, built Fildan's hook and eye fastening into the design for two swimsuits, both of which allowed adjustments to be made to the garment.

Must ReadView All

Textiles | On 25th Mar 2017

GST to positively impact retail value chain: CBRE

The implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill in India...

Textiles | On 25th Mar 2017

MEGlobal to build first ever US MEG plant

Monoethylene glycol (MEG) producer MEGlobal plans to construct a new...

Courtesy: Ulster Carpet

Textiles | On 25th Mar 2017

Ulster Carpets acquires Griffith Textile Machines

Northern Ireland based manufacturer of carpets, Ulster Carpets said...

Interviews View All

Subhashini Srinivasan
The S Studio

Ethnicwear market will see an upward trend if uniqueness and quality are...

Yash Agarwal
Hitansh Online

Every market region has its own culture and trends

Kaizad Hansotia

Competition is the best thing that can happen to a startup

Lynda Kelly
Suominen Corporation

Suominen Corporation is a manufacturer of nonwovens as roll goods for...

Urs Stalder
Sanitized AG

Urs Stalder, CEO, Sanitized AG, talks about the increasing use of hygiene...

Ashok Desai
Bombay Textile Research Association

Bombay Textile Research Association (BTRA) is a leading name in textile...

Judy Frater
Somaiya Kala Vidya

Among the many honours showered on Frater, including Fulbright and Ford...

Tony Ward
Tony Ward

"You have to truly understand what your client wants, know her needs, what ...

Pranav Mishra

Designers Pranav Mishra and Shyma Shetty’s Huemn is known for its...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies

March 2017

March 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.


Browse Our Archives


Subscribe today and get the latest News update in your mail box.
Advanced Search