Body Contour Fashion

Why should you study Body Contour Fashion?

Our body contour fashion course here at CCAD takes the approach of looking at contemporary contour fashion within the specialty of lingerie, structured bodywear, swimwear and active-wear. This approach makes this fashion degree different to all others and allows CCAD students to push their own boundaries.

BA (Hons) Body Contour Fashion

UCAS Code W232

UCAS Tariff 96

Duration Three years

Our body contour course will offer students the opportunity to develop specialist skills within creative design practice, pattern cutting and technical competence using CAD and 3D prototyping for the realisation of specialist contour fashion.

There are opportunities to work with established industry leaders on our body contour course, both nationally and internationally. You can develop your specialism within the fashion arena in areas such as:

• Lingerie
• Intimate apparel
• Underwear
• Structured body wear
• Swimwear
• Active wear


Our fashion alumni enjoy a great variety of careers which have included:
• Heidi Sanderson – Global and Fit Manager, Net a Porter
• Mart Brown – Men and Boys Design Coordinator, PDS Shanghai
• Andrea Miller – Denim and Outerwear Designer, Misguided
• Fiona Watson – Social Media Coordinator, Cruise and Van Mildert
• Belinda Burwell – Buyer, International Collection, Menswear, Harrods
• Natalie Convery – Buyer, Next
• Sophie McTaggart – Merchandiser, East
Sohara Lamrani – Tailor, Saville Row
• Chantelle Spedding – Designer, Milwaukee Yamaha
• Louisa Elsworth – Assistant Product Developer, Mamas and Papas

We also offer a range of exciting opportunities for CCAD students, including trips to the fashion capital Paris and Mango design studio in Barcelona. This is in addition to regular visits to London and local museums and galleries.

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Visiting lecturers provide an in-depth look in to the wider fashion landscape to support your learning, in the past we have welcomed:
Simon Costin – International set designer who has created the catwalk shows for designers such as Hermes and Gareth Pugh.

Claire Barrow – Claire made her London Fashion Week debut with Fashion East for Spring/Summer 2013 and is now exhibiting with NEWGEN, an acclaimed support scheme set up by TOPSHOP and the British Fashion Council. Her designs have been worn by Rihanna, photographed by Nick Knight and she has designed a capsule collection for Matches Fashion

Jane Kellock – Founder and creative director of Unique Style Platform. Jane started her career as a womenswear designer, working for companies such as Topshop, worked as Head of Design for a Canadian retailer before moving on to senior roles at WGSN (biggest trend forecasting company in the world) and Stylus.

Julian Roberts – Womenswear designer. Julian has shown twelve womenswear collections during London Fashion Week under the labels ‘nothingnothing’ and JULIANAND’. Julian has developed the ‘subtraction cutting’ method of hollow construction for men’s and women’s fashion garments, which has been taught and demonstrated to CCAD fashion students.

Nicomede Talavera – Menswear designer. Nicomede’s debut collection gathered wide reputation for innovation and creativity and he also works with renowned luggage giant Eastpak stocked exclusively at Selfridges.

What will you study on Body Contour Fashion?

In your first year (Level Four) you will explore:
• Experimental Drawing and illustration both analogue and digital
• Trends and creative processes
• Fabric manipulation and embellishment techniques
• Contemporary body contour fashion solutions and garments
• Contemporary body sculpture fashion solutions
• Production techniques for fashion contour solutions

In your second year (Level Five) you will develop:
• CAD skills for pattern drafting, 3D modelling and portfolio skills
• Knowledge and understanding of the skills required within the body contour industry
• Design and development for a specific market
• Real-life skills within the industry through work experience opportunities
• Professional and design skills through client-based live projects
• Independent learning through negotiated

In your third year (Level Six) you will produce:
• A Final Major Project
• Dissertation
• Exhibition
• Professional portfolios for traditional
and digital routes
• Self-promotional material

This degree is for you if you wish to have a career in design or manufacture of:
• Womenswear design
• Childrenswear design
• Fashion illustration
• Fashion production
• Fashion marketing and PR
• Fashion branding
• Fashion buying and merchandising
• Fashion retail management
• Lingerie and intimate apparel
• Loungewear
• Active wear
• Swimwear
• Lectra CAD
• Garment technologist
• MA Study
• Teaching


CCAD students will have more of a unique learning environment when enrolled on our body contour course. This includes a sewing studio which is in an 1800s public library with vast cutting tables, individual work stations for every student and no studio fees.

The resources within the CCAD fashion department are second to none, with over 30 flatbed machines and an extensive range of specialist industrial machinery. This includes optitex virtual prototyping, digital knitting machine and a digital embroidery machine that can embroider up to A4 size and digital fabric printer. Also available is a laser cutting and 3D Makerbot Replicator that students can use to bring their own designs to life

The lecturers and technicians are great and always go the extra mile.

Hannah Barry
Second year (Level 5) student

Head of Body Contour Fashion, Dr Carol Harris

 Dr Carol has been specifically chosen for the position on the body contour course due to her highly prestigious career at Savannah College of Design, where she held a role that most fashion academics dream of having; Professor of Fashion. She brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge to offer students in lingerie, structured body-wear, swimwear and active-wear which push the boundaries of design.

Dr Carol’s academic profile spans almost 20 years and boasts industry contacts such as Jay Alexander (Runway Coach for Alexander McQueen and star of America’s Next Top Model), Andre-Leon Talley (former editor-at-large at American Vogue) as well as producing work on a freelance basis for Calvin Klein and Oscar De La Renta. Carol’s teaching has produced graduates such as Audra, whose ‘Vision’ collection is sold exclusively by net-a-porter, and is a Paris Fashion Week regular.

She is also a lifetime member of Cambridge Who’s Who Executive and Professional Women.

Carol Harris Body contour fashion

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