Rae-Emily Smith on her dream and raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support
PUBLISHED: 13:08 03 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:17 20 February 2013
Rae-Emily Smith on her dream of owning her own lingerie boutique, studying fashion at university and helping raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support...
Tell us about yourself
My name is Rae-Emily Smith, Im 21 and live on the Isle of Sheppey with my mum and younger brother. I am in my final year at De Montfort University in Leicester where I study Contour Fashion and spend half of the year there.For as long as I can remember my dream has been to design lingerie. While studying for my A-levels at Highsted Grammar School I found out about a Contour Fashion course at De Montfort University, which is the only degree of its type in the world and specialises in lingerie, underwear, swimwear and corsetry design. Within my first year there I had the concept for my own brand and set up a website where I could sell my designs (www.myfairladylingerie.com). Over the past couple years I have showcased my designs at catwalks in London, including Movida, the celebrity andVIP club in London. I also organised a catwalk and fashion auction for Macmillan Cancer Support which raised nearly 1,500 in September and I am hoping to make this an annual event.
What are you doing now?
I am currently working on my final major collection at university. The collection was inspired by Mata Hari and Josephine Baker. I still sell my creations on my website and do everything from designing the garments, sewing, maintaining the site and organising photo shoots. I have a couple of shoots coming up and I have my own lingerie blog, which I try to update as much as possible.
Your future ambitions?
Once I have graduated I would like to focus on growing my brand. I did a work placement for Biondi Couture over the summer a high-end swimwear boutique who also make bespoke bikinis for their customers.I left feeling really inspired and would definitely like to branch into swimwear.I would also like to start makingplus-size cups as I think there is a huge gap in the market for pretty plus-size bras, but at the moment I am taking things one step at a time.I would also like to start seeing MyFair Lady Lingerie stocked in some small boutiques as at the moment it is only available online. I am hoping to introduce a diffusion line which I could have manufactured in a factory so that I could offer more affordable pieces to appeal to a wider market as well as selling the hand-made collection. My dream is to own my own lingerie boutique and sell high-end lingerie and swimwear.
Whats best about Kent?
My friends and family all live in Kent, so for me the best thing about Kent is that its where I get to spend time with the people I care about most. Its a friendly place and theres always someone to look out for you. Its also easy to get to London, which comes in handy whenI have photo shoots or catwalks.
Your hobbies and interests?
I love sewing, I love watching the garments coming together and even when I dont have orders to make up or uni work to be getting on with, I still like to make clothes and nightwear for myself. I enjoy reading, going to the cinema and spending time with friends.
The last book you read?I love looking around secondhand bookshops and buy a lot of classics like Wuthering Heights and Mary Shelleys Frankenstein. The last bookI read was The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff. I couldnt put it down.
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