Banstead fashion student Tara O’Donovan’s 1970s


Banstead fashion student Tara O'Donovan accompanied by models wearing her designs
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A Banstead fashion student has said she is in shock after her design for retro lingerie was picked for an exclusive catwalk show.

Tara O’Donovan will have her work showcased at an event to celebrate the 70th anniversary of De Montfort University’s (DMU) Contour Fashion course.

Miss O’Donovan, who studied at UCA in Epsom before heading to DMU, has been working on her lingerie design since January as part of a final year project.

The designs created will be worn by professional models at the show which takes place in Grand Temple in Freemasons’ Hall in Covent Garden.

The student presented her work to a panel of judges on May 16.

Her idea was inspired by “unconventional beauty of construction with a 1970s /Studio 54 style”.

She said: “The biggest challenge I faced with the design was creating the shapes with the different wooden accessories to match.”

Miss O’Donovan, who is “very excited” about the show, described the moment she heard the good news.

“I was screaming,” she began.

“We just went to the pub and had a good time and had a party. Some of the teachers we worked with on projects came down and bought us Prosecco.

“We were all really shocked that we got through.”

Hours of work went into producing the designs.

She explained: “Even though we started in January it still wasn’t that much time because we are only used to making one outfit for a project but for this one we had to make six.”

All six of her designs will be worn by the models on Thursday night.

Underwear designing has been a passion of O’Donovan’s ever since she went to her first fashion school at the University for the Creative Arts in Epsom.

Past students who have graduated from the course have gone on to work in Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger with Beyoncé, Rita Ora and Paloma Faith having worn their designs.

“I would love to stay in London and be at like Topshop,” O’Donovan stated when asked about her plans for after college.Read more