IT was at this show that Prince William reportedly fell for his future wife after she modelled a see-through dress, but this year all eyes will be on a lingerie collection designed by Sale resident Sian Whitefoot as it’s showcased at the famous St Andrews Charity Fashion Show.
On Saturday cutting edge designs from fashion houses and a privileged selection of fashion graduates and up-and-coming designers will showcase at the event, including De Montfort University (DMU) graduate Sian’s collection created during her final year on DMU’s world-renowned Contour Fashion course.
Sian - who graduated last year and is now working as a designer for lingerie company Ace Style Intimate Apparel - was approached by a student from the University of St Andrews after seeing images of her work on the catwalk at Graduate Fashion Week.
St Andrews is the largest student-run fashion show in the UK and has raised more than £350,000 for charity. It is covered by some of the biggest fashion publications, including Vogue.
Hannah Portner, who is one of the students organising the show, said: “As soon as I came across Sian’s collection I knew that we had to use it in our show.
“I couldn’t believe that a student had designed and made such a beautiful, intricate and mature collection. We are incredibly lucky to have her take part in the show this year.”
As a DMU student Sian was named ‘Lingerie Designer of the Year’ at the prestigious Triumph Inspiration Awards.
The 22-year-old beat off competition from 20 other students to win the UK final, before heading to Shanghai and competing against 37 other countries to win the international final and the coveted title.
Her winning design is in development with the lingerie company and is due to go on sale next year. She also customised a garment for Triumph which was displayed at last year’s London Fashion Week alongside pieces by designers Matthew Williamson, Louise Gray, Fyodor Golan and Felder Felder.
Sian said: “I was delighted to be asked to show my designs at the St Andrews Charity Fashion Show. I am in the company of some great designers so it’s a great honour.
“The show has gained a large amount of publicity following pictures emerging of the Duchess of Cambridge modelling in it during her time at the university so it is a great platform for me.” Fellow Contour Fashion graduate Louise Watson is also one of five UK graduates in the final for St Andrews ‘Young Designer Award’ which aims to discover the best design talent.
Louise also graduated last year and is now in the process of setting up her own corsetiere company.
The five finalists will present their designs on the catwalk before the winner is announced and receives £1,000 prize.
Students and graduates from DMU’s School of Fashion and Textiles| have great success in their fields. Last month pop princess Beyoncé performed at The Grammys wearing a design by fellow Contour Fashion graduate Nichole de Carle and | and and Fashion students Amy Croft and Lucia Graham have been shortlisted for the prestigious Fashion Awareness Direct (FAD) competition and will be showcasing their designs at London Fashion Week next week.