Forget Pussy Galore – there will be glamour galore when James Bond fan Katy Biddulph unveils a collection of stylish, high-performance skiwear later this month. Her collection, which includes Swarovski crystal-encrusted ski boots and goggles, fringed jackets and metallic ski pants fit for any of 007’s beautiful sidekicks, goes on show at the Kingston University fashion show at the Banqueting House in London’s Whitehall on 12 June.
Katy, 23 from Nottingham, has always loved the allure of the Bond girls. “I’m fascinated by how they have evolved over the years reflecting the political climate and fashion trends of the time in each film,” she said. “They always wear really sexy, beautiful clothes but can cope in any situation at a moment’s notice, whether it’s jumping on a pair of skis or diving out of a helicopter.”
Crystal manufacturer Swarovski sponsored Katy’s final-year project advising her on the best type, size and shape of gem for each garment. One of a handful of students that Swarovski works with each year, Katy said she had benefited greatly from the commercial experience. “It was quite competitive to get the sponsorship as there are always so many students wanting to work with Swarovski,” she said. “When I heard I had been chosen I was so excited. My whole design relies on using luxurious and expensive-looking materials and it just wouldn’t have looked right without the crystals. I’ve used them to embellish goggles, ski boots, jackets and toggles and I love the effect they create fastened on the shiny metallic materials.”
Katy has also had close links with leading label Finisterre during the course of her studies. She spent a year working with the Cornish surfwear company where she enhanced her knowledge of fabrics designed specifically for sports performance. Head of Design at Finisterre and Kingston University alumnus Tom Podkolinski followed the evolution of Katy’s collection closely and believes the clothing could well be picked up by a leading retailer. “Katy’s intelligence, inquisitive mind and ability to articulate herself have proved invaluable in her development as a designer. Her collection is a testament to her strength of character and confidence in her own design ideals.”
Katy is now passionate about sportswear design and plans to work for a few months with Finisterre to introduce a more feminine touch to the company’s designs before launching herself into the sportswear fashion industry.
Head of Kingston University’s Department of Fashion Elinor Renfrew said Katy had produced an eye-catching range of high quality sportswear. “Katy’s work with Swarovski and Finisterre has really paid off and she has discovered a passion and talent for a niche market in the fashion industry,” Mrs Renfrew said.