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Mastectomy swimwear 'inspired by gran's cancer fight'

Fashion student Lauren Milburn and her grandmother Denise Pounder Image copyright Nottingham Trent University
Image caption Lauren Milburn has named the range Nisey after her grandmother Denise Pounder, who had a single mastectomy.

A fashion student whose grandmother survived breast cancer has designed a swimwear range for women who have had breasts removed.

Lauren Milburn's collection features pockets for prosthetic breast inserts and is designed to conceal scar tissue.

The 21-year-old has named the range Nisey after her grandmother Denise Pounder, who had a single mastectomy.

Ms Milburn said women who have had mastectomies "want to buy clothes which make them feel normal again".

Many mastectomy patients "feel let down by the high street as they can't find bras or swimwear which are up to date and meet their needs," said Ms Milburn, from Long Eaton, Derbyshire.

The student has created a tankini and a bikini with halter-neck cover-ups, and a one-piece swimsuit with a wrap.

Concealed seams have been used inside the cups to protect scar tissue.

Ms Pounder, 68, from Stapleford, Nottinghamshire, hailed the "vibrant and patterned garments" and said she was "so proud" of what her grand-daughter had achieved.

Image copyright Nottingham Trent University
Image caption The collection includes a bikini with halter-neck cover-ups and a tankini
Image copyright Nottingham Trent University
Image copyright Nottingham Trent University
Image caption An one-piece swimsuit with a wrap is also part of the collection
Image copyright Nottingham Trent University

The designs are set to go on display at Nottingham Trent University's Art and Design Summer Show 2018.

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