A Lloydminster native and recent graduate with a specialized lingerie design degree from the United Kingdom will be showing off her collection at Western Canada Fashion Week.
Kimberly Hamilton, who graduated from the three year Contour Fashion program at De Montfort University in Leicester, England will be strutting her models down the catwalk in Edmonton today, Sept. 22.
“At fashion week I have a collection of six lingerie outfits that I made at university in England and my collection focuses on woman with a larger cup size because I feel that the market is missing that,” said Hamilton.
“So through my studies at university we would normally do an industry size, which is 34 B, which is quite small. In my collection I actually made it in a 32 DD, which is quite large.”
This will be her first real show outside of small events at her university where she only showcased one-off pieces, so she says she’s naturally quite excited. Western Canada Fashion Week will allow Hamilton to present a culmination of all her work from school for the first time with her friends, family and people in the community.
Hamilton got started in fashion after high school when she moved to Edmonton, where she says she found a bra store that carried articles in all sizes. Having always struggled to find something that fits well, she began working at the store and stayed there for five years. She then had a few other marketing related jobs, keeping in touch with a background she has in sewing, and began pairing the two interests along with her love of lingerie by making her own.
“Eventually when I kind of learned everything I could from the people around me in Canada, I found a program in the U.K. and just decided I was going to go and do it,” she said.
Hamilton has found the opportunity to be paying off and has already found work since graduating at a company in Germany. She says that she eventually wants to come back home and bring with her lingerie in more sizes, something she feels is seriously lacking. In a few weeks she will be moving to the town of Flensburg in Germany to work for a company called Lace Lingerie as their first ever full-time designer for lingerie, swim and bust clothing.
Her favourite thing about design is trying to figure out how things fit and designing products that are comfortable, made out of quality components and give people a good shape.
“I think my long-term goal is to just educate women on what a good bra looks like and how it should feel, so they can wear something comfortable all day that they like and looks nice,” she said. “It shouldn’t be boring or painful.”
The line of work has become such a passion for her that now she feels like she’s found her life-long calling.
“I’ve been to Germany to meet my employers and I’m so excited, it doesn’t feel like work. It feels like this is what I’m supposed to do, is to just design. It’s like designing a better mouse trap; I’m going to design a better bra.”
People interested in seeing Hamilton’s work can visit www.kimtimates.com.