If You Please Student Showcase May 2011 Winner

an image of model wearing a lingerie creation from the If You Please Student Showcase May 2011 Winner Hannah Catherine Thomas

Each month, I eagerly await an email from Amber Thomson, founder of If You Please, showcasing her store’s Student Showcase Winner. This month, she announced May’s winner, Hannah Catherine Thomas:

“This month we were instantly grabbed by a complex design, all green sequins and adjustable straps. Artfully constructed yet with an air of seductive femininity still maintained, the design belongs to Hannah Catherine Thomas, a second year contour student at DeMontfort University. Impressively, she created the ‘Futuristic Infusion’ piece during her first year, and has since gone on to have her designs displayed at some of the World’s best known trade shows such as Interfiliere in Paris,” said Amber.

Hannah was also picked as the winner of the Charnos Shapewear competition and as a finalist in the UK Triumph Inspiration Awards, after submitting a piece made from pretty lace encased within vacuum-formed plastic. When asked about the inspiration behind this particular creation, Hannah said:

“I wanted to stretch and challenge the creative process and use unusual materials. I was inspired by women’s desire to seek manipulations to their figures.”

“Hannah usually gains inspiration from new places and can build the foundations of a design from something as simple as a picture or a piece of architecture. She always considers how a garment would flatter and fit the female form. “

“Like many young designers, she would love to set up her own brand one day, and has already developed her own website www.hannah-catherine.com to showcase her current designs.”

“She’s still got her final year to go and is loving every aspect of her course, all the time trying to get as many placements under her belt as possible (having already worked for Agent Provocateur and Fleur of England).”

Hannah Catherine couldn’t say who she’d most like to work for in the future. She sees the lingerie industry as a growing trade with so many new brands emerging all the time and like the team at If You Please, is exited for the future of lingerie.

If you are a student wishing to submit your designs, you may send images to info@ifyouplease.co.uk.

If You Please is an online lingerie boutique which specializes in unique lingerie by independent designers. For more information, you can visit their website at www.ifyouplease.co.uk, or at amber@ifyouplease.co.uk. They can also be reached at + 020 7503 3709

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