Lingerie designer wins big with M&S

DMU Contour fashion graduate fashion week advance images- 2013 -  Katy Menzies design
DMU Contour fashion graduate fashion week advance images- 2013 - Katy Menzies design

A student from Flore saw her lacy lingerie designs hit the stores of Marks and Spencers this week.

Katy Menzies, 21, who attended Campion school, is over the moon to have won a competition set by one of the country’s biggest high street stores.

Miss Menzies is a Contour Fashion student at De Montfort University (DMU) but said textiles and designing has always been with her.

She said: “I chose to go to Campion school because they were so good for textiles - so I’ve always enjoyed it.

“Then living with a couple of girls at uni who were bigger chested I heard them complain about how difficult it is for them to buy nice lingerie, so that inspired my designs.”

As part of her course Miss Menzies entered the competition with M&S.

She was asked to design lingerie that would appeal to M&S customers, reflect forward-thinking trends and meet women’s changing lifestyles.

Her nude and black lace creation is a re-design of the UK’s favourite M&S total support bra, for a younger customer. She said her design came out of the gap in the market for a goof support bra for people her age.

Head of Lingerie Design at M&S Soozie Jenkinson said: “Katy’s designs really demonstrated amazing flair and creativity. She also demonstrated a great understanding of the market which is essential in the industry today.”

Programme Leader for Contour Fashion at DMU Gillian Proctor said: “We are delighted for Katy. To have your designs sold in a huge high street store whilst still a student is hugely reassuring that your work has commercial viability.”

On winning the competition Miss Menzies also was also given a cash prize and a month-long placement with the M&S lingerie design and technical team in London.

She said: “My whole experience with M&S has been fantastic.

“I am so excited to go into a store and see my designs on sale because so far I’ve only seen them online!

“My mum is really excited too - she’s an M&S shopper so she’s really pleased.”