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Students from Trowbridge and Westbury revealing talents for lingerie
Two friends from Wiltshire, studying for a fashion degree, have had their lingerie designs featured in a leading industry magazine and displayed at a trade show.
Former Wiltshire College pupils Christina Hallett-Young and Phoebe Plows, both 21, were two of 10 students from De Montfort University in Leicester who were successful in a competition to design six outfits.
They were were featured in the January edition of Lingerie Buyer and at the Moda trade fashion show in Birmingham last month.
The pair, studying on the contour fashion course, were friends before going to university and now have their eyes on careers in the industry when they graduate later this year.
The designs by Christina, originally from Trowbridge, were inspired by the film Anna Karenina.
She said: “I was so excited and proud when my outfit was being photographed and then to find out it was picked to be published was amazing.
“It’s great to think that people working in the industry have seen my work.
“Because of the feedback from the trade show, I’m going to use similar designs for my end-of-year project.
“When I graduate, I’d like to join a small company, learn about the day-to-day running of it and then look to establish myself.”
As part of the competition, the students had to create swimwear, nightwear, loungewear, bodywear and corsetry, as well as lingerie for the autumn/winter 2014 season.
Phoebe, from Westbury, said: “I feel very privileged and excited to have my work shown in Lingerie Buyer.
“It’s a great feeling to be flicking through a magazine and see your work and your name in there.”
She took inspiration from apocalyptic stories and films for her designs.
Gillian Proctor, the programme leader for the contour fashion course, said: “This competition gives students great experience in creating pieces for an external client.
“For them to see their work displayed in the leading lingerie magazine, alongside big name brands and designers, is amazing and will, hopefully, provide a boost for their future careers.”