After having studied in fashion design and production, Sheffield born designer, Andrea Billard rounded her skills by designing a broad spectrum of products before specialising in sportswear. During this time, she also briefly designed and produced an exclusive capsule collection for an independent ladieswear boutique.
In the Autumn of 2006, Andrea (34) felt she needed a new direction and decided to create her own lingerie brand. As she had limited experience of designing lingerie, she embraced the challenge and set about furthering her knowledge. Having spent the next 18 months researching the industry and working hard on her developing brand, she finally created two limited edition collections – for Christmas 2008 (Evangeline, photo on the right) and Valentine’s 2009 (Virgin Queen) as a taster, before the launch of the Spring/Summer 2009 collection – ‘Paris’.
A limited edition of just 50 sets, ‘Evangeline’, a sinfully seductive balconette bra and knicker set is now available from Peacock & Strutt. The soft black semi-transparent mesh reverse of the knickers gives a cheeky rear view, whilst the bra makes the most of a lady’s curves. With silk lined cups, the bra feels as luxurious on the inside as it looks sexy on the outside.
Andrea says about her name-carrying label: “I wanted to create luxury lingerie that appeals to a broad spectrum of tastes and moods; from sensual to provocative, daring to feminine… lingerie that can be worn behind the bedroom door or flaunted in public.””