Designer Q&A: Stephanie Raeburn

Stephanie Raeburn Feature Q&A

I get to meet some incredibly talented designers almost on a daily basis thanks to my work with the Lingerie Journal. And each time I meet with a new designer or brand, I am always struck by the passion and drive that propels them forward. Stephanie Raeburn has this passion. “I literally live, breathe and sleep lingerie,” she says. She has good reason to love lingerie as she is currently working on wrapping up a Contour Fashion course at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU), working with an established lingerie brand and starting the process of launching her own business and brand. So we sat down with Stephanie for a quick Q&A to learn more about her, her designs and what keeps her going. We’ve also included a generous photo sampling of her work. Let us know what you think and please enjoy our interview with Stephanie:


About Stephanie Raeburn Design

Stephanie Raeburn Collection

Above: An image from Stephanie’s new collection inspired by bees. Photographer: Jade Turnbull; Model: Di Alta Classe April Miele and Hair & Make up: Tony Arts.

“When designing, I always try and offer something that is ‘just that little bit different’. I look to create styles which I find desirable myself”

Could you tell our readers who might not be familiar with your collection what Stephanie Raeburn Design is all about?

My name is Stephanie Raeburn, I am 21 years old and I am following my passion that is lingerie. I started a Contour Fashion course in 2012 at DMU to be able to gather the skills and knowledge that I need to be a success in the lingerie world. When designing, I always try and offer something that is ‘just that little bit different’. I look to create styles which I find desirable myself.

What sets your designs apart?

I love to incorporate neck details within my designs – I think it creates a real avant garde appearance, something you never really see on the high street. I love high-end fashion and usually try and combine elements from cutting edge outerwear designs and fuse it together to create a distinctive lingerie look.

What is the most important thing you and you take into consideration when designing?

I love creating unique, distinctive designs and believe that is the most important element as it attracts the eye.

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Above: An image from Stephanie’s new collection inspired by bees.

“I love to incorporate neck details within my designs – I think it creates a real avant garde appearance, something you never really see on the high street.”

Can you talk a bit about the materials used in your collection?

Honeybees inspired my recent design – I included large Honeycomb mesh, which is an upcoming SS14 lingerie trend. I have also included an unusual, sheer metallic fabric to represent the luster on a bees wing.

I create all of my designs myself as I am currently a Contour fashion student at De Montfort University. I am therefore learning how to create different styles of lingerie, sportswear, corsetry & swimwear. Definitely a bonus knowing how lingerie is constructed as I think it makes it easier to design something that is out of this world but still wearable.

How long did it take you to bring Stephanie Raeburn Design to life from concept to first samples?

I have always loved lingerie, which is why I made the decision to study Contour after graduating with a Fashion degree in June 2012. This course has already taught me skills to be able to transfer my designs into 3D form in the matter of months. This is a huge advantage as I am able to design a collection and create a sample in a matter of weeks – a time scale that wouldn’t be achievable if I was sending my designs overseas to be manufactured.

The Designer

Designer Stephanie Raeburn

“I literally live, breathe and sleep lingerie. I am constantly thinking of new designs, techniques and some way to WOW the public.”

When did you realize you wanted to get into fashion?

I was first attracted to fashion when I had a taster of it during my Art & Design diploma in 2009. I believe that I have always had the ability to design something really different throughout my outerwear fashion degree and now applying the same skills while completing my lingerie degree.

What attracted to fashion design specifically lingerie?

My passion for lingerie thrived when I secured a work placement at Tallulah Love Luxury Lingerie in 2012. During my eight month placement at Tallulah Love I gained an unreal amount of experience in terms of how to run a lingerie business. I had the opportunity to attend lingerie tradeshows including Salon De La Lingerie (Paris) & MODA in Birmingham. After this experience I just knew that my dream was to have a career in the lingerie sector. Not to mention the complete obsession with buying lingerie – definitely cheaper to learn how to make your own ;)!

Could you touch on your experience at De Montfort and what that’s like?

My time at DMU so far has been fantastic! I have learnt so much in terms of how to make my own lingerie garments. It is amazing to be able to transfer my own designs and have the garment in front of me which I can try on! However, it is stressful! I literally live, breathe and sleep lingerie. I am constantly thinking of new designs, techniques and some way to WOW the public. The hard work will pay off in the future and I wouldn’t change a thing! I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to have a career in the subject that I LOVE more than anything!

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Above: An image from Stephanie’s new collection inspired by bees. Photographer: Jade Turnbull; Model: Di Alta Classe April Miele and Hair & Make up: Tony Arts.

“My designs always have a dark side to them with elements of strapping and sheer fabrics combined with a strong couture design.”

What inspires you when you design?

Anything can inspire me when designing – however I do seem to be attracted to researching insects and looking at their silhouette, colour and texture to inspire designs. I always have a primary source as I believe it is what makes your designs stand out as you are able to explore & develop further to make the outcome totally unique.

Do you listen to music when you work? If so, what?

I ALWAYS have my music on! I would be lost without it! I listen to anything from Disney (haha calming) to current chart music! I love Beyoncé – she has so much passion and drive and is defiantly an inspiration!

What are you doing when you aren’t working on lingerie?

When I am not designing I am working at my part time job to help raise money for my next work placement which is at Lascivious, London.

Could you tell us how your experiences shaped the development of Stephanie Raeburn Design?

As I mentioned earlier, Tallulah Love was a huge inspiration to me and definitely made me more confident and determined to follow my dream and hopefully set up my own lingerie label.

How supportive has your family been as you’ve worked to bring Stephanie Raeburn Design to life?

My family and friends are always there for me, if it wasn’t for my Mum and Dad then I wouldn’t of been able to complete my Contour Degree as they are paying my tuition fees which I am so grateful for.

Inspirations

Stephanie Raeburn Collection 1

Above: An image from Stephanie’s new collection inspired by bees. Photographer: Jade Turnbull; Model: Di Alta Classe April Miele and Hair & Make up: Tony Arts.

What’s your favorite piece of lingerie?
I would say my newest set which I have designed for H&M. I love the unique design and especially the unusual fabrics that I have used.

What lingerie designers and/or brands inspire you?
Michelle Taylor who is the owner of Tallulah Love is not only a close friend but also one of the biggest inspirations in my life. I love her designs! Other brands I adore include Lascivious, Nichole De Carle, Chantal Thomass & Bordelle.

Do you attend any of the trade shows in Europe? If so which ones? What do you get out of the trade show experience?

I have attended the Salon De La Lingerie show in Paris and Moda twice now – once as an exhibitor with Tallulah Love and once as a visitor on a university trip. I have had the opportunity to talk to buyers and other professionals which has helped me understand the lingerie business a lot better for instance what retailers want within their boutiques in terms of designs and retail prices.

The Business of Lingerie

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Above: An image from Stephanie’s new collection inspired by bees. Photographer: Jade Turnbull; Model: Di Alta Classe April Miele and Hair & Make up: Tony Arts.

What do you see as the biggest challenge coming for you as a new designer in designing and launching a new brand?

I definitely want experience in working with other brands before setting up my own brand full time, I want as much knowledge and experience as I can get so I am able to make my label a success!

What has been the biggest challenge for you as a designer? Any technical obstacles you encountered?

I have to be wary of how my designs would work as a technical garment. Therefore it is difficult to design a unique, couture lingerie collection that is still practical.

Where do you see Stephanie Raeburn Design being sold?

My designs always have a darkside to them with elements of strapping and sheer fabrics combined with a strong couture design. I imagine my designs to be sold online and in high-end boutiques for example Coco de Mer.

Could you tell us what’s next for Stephanie Raeburn Design?

In 2013, I am planning on designing and creating bespoke lingerie sets which I will sell. I already have my first competition up and running on facebook where anyone can win a pair of knickers designed by me. Simply join my event and LIKE my design page! So check that out!

Learn more about Stephanie

For all of our readers that want to learn more about Stephanie Raeburn Design where should they go and how can they contact you?

If anyone would like more information please contact:
Steph_raeburn@hotmail.co.uk or via facebook https://www.facebook.com/StephanieRaeburnDesign

Thank you!!

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2 Comments on “Designer Q&A: Stephanie Raeburn

  1. Avatar shelly says:

    loving the full pants in these pics. beautiful.

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