‘THE FINAL COLLECTION’ – PART 4
With only five weeks to go till graduation, the countdown begins in earnest for the photo shoot — another notch on the merry-go-round of Contour that signals achievement, change, progression and the ending of it all drawing ever nearer.
It is Easter but for me the weekend is completely devoid of anything remotely spring-like, not to mention any eggs; instead it is enveloped in a thick coating of lace appliqué. I cannot so much as move the mouse on my Mac for fear of knocking a little rosebud off into the fifth dimension.
As the photo shoot draws ever nearer, and the invisible thread reel grows ever thinner, a sick and unfriendly knot begins to grow inside my stomach, teamed with an unbearable concoction of curiosity, excitement and foreboding.
Will I get everything done in time? Will it fit? Will it Look good? What will the Photo look like? What if the shoes don’t fit?
Rumours spread through texts, phone calls and Facebook messages about the models that only add to our already giant Lists Of Anxieties. All the questions and worries whirl round before reaching the pinnacle of emotion at 3 a.m., putting all my problem-solving skills to the test in a frenzy of irons, pins and last-minute stitches to make everything look absolutely perfect.
The Shoot really is one of my favourite parts of lingerie design. That moment when the camera flashes and you see the garment you have tirelessly worked on for months looking better than you ever even expected is just too special for words.
We were lucky enough in getting a location set, and even luckier with dazzling sunshine, beautiful and mesmerizingly perfect models, and the photographer Fabric LeChant, fresh back from the Maldives after having shot Tom Ford’s campaign.
The photo shoot passed in a sort of heady, surreal daze, almost as if the sound was turned down the whole time and all I could focus on was if the garment was sitting right, the suspenders matched up okay and the waist band was perfectly in line. It only just about registered that, amazingly, through all the rushing around on the day and with the demand of all those poses, my strapless bra on the 30GG model stayed up. Perfectly.
With me and all my housemates physically shaking with the buzz and high from the photo shoot we rushed home excitedly, making plans for celebratory cocktails later. Apparently our exhausted bodies had other ideas for us, though.
What happened instead was we all woke up confused beyond belief at 6 a.m. the next morning, having clean passed out, on top of our beds, in all our clothes, with the lights on. Hedonistic students at our finest …
NEXT: Hitting The Wall
[Editor’s Note: The Contour Fashion program at De Montfort University wraps up with the annual student catwalk show in London on June 7.]
‘THE FINAL COLLECTION’ – PART 3
Seven weeks to go! A freak heat wave has hit England this week, which naturally leads everybody to believe it is summer and take this fact seriously indeed. There are ice-cream vans, barbecues and unnecessary amounts of gut on display, littering my usually mundane walk to university. (more…)
‘THE FINAL COLLECTION’ – PART 2
The countdown to Final Collection officially begins in January, although from day one of university it’s been on everyone’s minds.
Inspiration folders and sketchbooks are brimming with three years’ worth of preparation, and a desire to find a unique idea for our collections. Certain subjects are banned such as fishes, circuses, butterflies and fairies, along with techniques the tutors feel have been overdone, such as plastic moulding. (more…)
FIRST IN A SERIES
I am a final year lingerie design student at De Montfort University in Leicester, England, one of a very few universities in the world to offer a degree specializing in the construction and design of lingerie.