One student’s design could be a permanent feature in the new LCF Building in Stratford

LCF and Arts SU are launching the second in a series of competitions intended to enable LCF students to be involved in the development of the College’s new building on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford.

This time, the opportunity is for students to collaborate with the design team on a series of special concrete finishes that will form a permanent feature in the new LCF building. The design vision is to cast the design into the concrete surface of the lift lobbies and on the five double-height columns in the heart of the building.

Creative Brief

The brief is to design a pattern that could be developed with the architectural team to create the special finishes for these two components of the building. The design team is looking for up to five individual designs to develop in collaboration with the participating students – three for the lift lobbies and two for the columns.

Themes

The design should speak to the history, tradition and ethos of LCF.

Key dates

The deadline for entries is 19 April 2019, then there will be an opportunity for student entries to work with the architects to develop their ideas, before a winner is chosen.

 

 

Fashion District and LCF launch Schools Innovation Challenge

As part of the EAST-Education initiative, London College of Fashion and Fashion District will be running a Schools Innovation Challenge. The competition hopes to inspire and challenge Key Stage 2 & 3 students to consider how new technologies could change the way we shop.

Between March and June, students will be introduced to new concepts which will challenge them to think creatively, work as a team and build digital and problem-solving skills. On June 17th, teams of students will be invited to submit their own concepts for what their own “store of the future” could look like through the use of technology.

Shortlisted entries will be invited to pitch at a celebratory event, where winners will be selected by a panel of industry experts. Generously sponsored by Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, there will be six cash prizes with 2 x £1500 for the winning entries and 4 x £500 for the two runners up in each category to support the creative curriculum back in school.

We will be sharing some of the winning entries here in Summer 2019.

LCF students design hoardings at Olympic Park site

LCF and London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) have launched a competition for LCF students to design a high impact artwork for the hoardings which will be installed around the building site at Stratford where the East Bank development, including LCF’s new home, is being built.

An opportunity for one student’s work to take centre stage at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, at a site next to the London Aquatics Centre (which has approx 1 million visitors per year, most of whom come from the surrounding communities). The hoarding design will be installed by the end of April 2019, in time for the FINA World Diving Championships in May, which sees the site filled with global media and film crews.

Students who registered interest went on a tour of the site to get an understanding of the size of the work and its viewpoints, and submissions were entered on 8 March. Judging is currently in process, and the panel includes representatives from LLDC, LCF’s Course Leader for BA (Hons) Fashion Imaging and Illustration Cameron Haynes, and representatives for Legacy Youth Voice; the panel of young people who live and study in the area.

We will soon announce the winner and show the work being installed, so watch this space and make sure you visit the Aquatics Centre next time you are in Stratford!

LCF and UCL launch new joint MSc course in Design for Disability and Innovation

As a partner in the Global Disability Innovation Hub, LCF has worked with UCL and Loughborough University London (LUL) to launch a Masters degree in Design for Disability and Innovation, open to applications from September 2019. This is another example of East Bank partners working together to bring benefits to students and the community.

The course will be mostly taught at the GDI hub as part of UCL’s home at Here East, with a module at LUL and a day per week at LCF’s Fashion Business School. The course will combine engineering design thinking, new technologies, and business and marketing strategies to be able to launch new products.

Read more about the new course here:

 

 

The New Local 6: Faces

The New Local Team gathered images of quirky fittings and fixtures across LCF buildings, which were made into customisable masks at the LCF end of year staff party.

The New Local Team put a call out to staff to find faces within the buildings features, interiors and inanimate objects, and submit them as part of the next installment Issue 6, Faces.

The 6th issue of The New Local finds faces in the London College of Fashion
buildings. One of the things we have been looking to achieve with The New Local is discover ways in which we give personalities to the place we inhabit. But of course what we think about a place is different for different people. So is there something that has same features but different personalities? In this booklet we gathered inanimate objects within LCF that resembles faces. We see them because of our instinctive ability to recognise faces, but these characters nonetheless seem to convey different emotions and embody the spirit of the place.

HRH The Countess of Wessex hosts reception at Buckingham Palace in celebration of Better Lives at LCF

Last night Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex, Patron of LCF, hosted an evening reception at Buckingham Palace to celebrate ten years of Better Lives at LCF, encapsulating projects that use the power of fashion to tackle issues around equality, social mobility, diversity and sustainability.

HRH The Countess of Wessex

HRH The Countess of Wessex

Industry guests at the event included Emmanuel Gintzburger CEO of Alexander McQueen, Felicity Hayward, Nicholas Kirkwood, Christopher Kane, Giles Deacon, Phoebe English, Virginia Bates, David Downton, Justine Simons, Deputy London Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries, Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye CEO Chloé and Vogue’s Suzy Menkes; who were all out in force to celebrate and support pioneering work in sustainability and social responsibility.

During the reception HRH The Countess of Wessex spoke about her commitment to the college – which began in 2013 – and her dedication to projects such as Making for Change – a training and manufacturing unit within HMP Downview women’s prison which aims to increase well-being and reduce reoffending rates amongst participants by equipping them with professional skills and qualifications within a supportive environment. HRH said:

What I love about the college is that it isn’t just about educating young people to create business opportunities, to create careers in and around the fashion industry, it also is an outward facing college and it takes its responsibilities very seriously. To give female prisoners the chance to come out of prison with a genuine job opportunity is a wonderful thing to do, and I’m thrilled that the college is working with recovered female prisoners. So, that’s just one example. And, of course this is just one part of the Better Lives programme. That, alongside sustainable fashion, which is becoming more and more prevalent. But we still have a lot of work to do and the London College is taking its part very seriously in ensuring that students are aware of how to sustain fashion and keep it on the agenda.

The audience were given an insight into the future of the college – talking about the historic move which will see all six of LCF’s sites united for the first time in its 112 year old history, on one purpose built campus in the Queen Elizabeth Park in the heart of East London in 2022.  The development will be part of the vision for East Bank – a new cultural and educational destination for London. LCF will be joined by neighbours including the BBC, Sadler’s Wells, V&A and University College London and Loughborough University.

Under its new roof the work of the college and it’s ‘Better Lives’ agenda will continue to flourish and will be more vital than ever in a rapidly changing world – a rallying call to industry was made to ask for their continued support in nurturing the next generation of fashion professionals who pass through the doors of one of the world’s leading fashion colleges.

Head of LCF Professor Frances Corner

Head of LCF Professor Frances Corner

Head of LCF Professor Frances Corner also spoke at the event and reflected on how far the college had come – helping fashion as a discipline to extend and expand its influence, countering traditional stereotypes of fashion as a lightweight subject and how over the past ten years, the college has redefined its agenda, placing sustainability and social responsibility at the heart of what they do.

Model Felicity Hayward also attended the event

Model Felicity Hayward also attended the event

During the reception guests were able to see installations of work by artists Charlotte Hodes, Lucy Orta and Helen Storey – each piece telling stories through fashion around women’s suffrage and the current refugee crisis – projects which demonstrate that fashion is more than clothes and catwalks – but a powerful force for positive change.

All images by Unai Matteo Lopez

Fashion District to make East London the global capital of fashion technology

Plans to make East London the global hub of fashion technology have been announced today at the launch of the capital’s new Fashion District.

Fashion District aims to return world-leading fashion manufacturing and design to east London with sites in East Bank, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Hackney Wick, Haringey and Poplar. It aims to boost growth through thousands of new jobs, improving skills and training, and the provision of new affordable workspaces.

Fashion is currently worth £1.4bn to the east London economy and has seen a rise of more than 10,000 fashion jobs in east London between 2010 and 2015.  The work of the Fashion District is predicted to provide a further boost to the area with additional jobs.

Professor Frances Corner, OBE, Head of London College of Fashion, UAL, speaks at the launch of the Fashion District. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2018. Photo: John Nguyen/PA Wire

Professor Frances Corner, OBE, Head of London College of Fashion, UAL, speaks at the launch of the Fashion District. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2018. Photo: John Nguyen/PA Wire

The new plans unveiled today will build on a long history in fashion manufacturing and legacy in East London to ensure that the area is the centre for fashion education, design, business and technology. Throughout the capital’s history the east end has been at the centre of fashion manufacturing – from silk weaving in Spitalfields to all the work of the seamstresses and tailors. Currently 23 per cent of the capital’s fashion enterprises and employment are based in east London, and this new hub will support further growth through training and provision of technology used in fashion production – 3D printing, laser cutting, interactive and wearable fabrics – and design software.

Professor Frances Corner, Pro Vice-Chancellor UAL and Head of London College of Fashion said:

“London needs to act now if it wants to stay at the forefront of the fashion tech revolution. Emerging businesses only grow with significant support in skills, advocacy, innovation and investment. That’s what the Fashion District will bring. I am particularly delighted the London Boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Haringey, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest have pledged their support. Working with London Boroughs will accelerate the development of space and business support for SMEs and attracting light manufacturing to east London.”

(L to R) Designer Christopher Raeburn, with young designers Bethany Williams, Sabinna Rachimova, Daniel Fletcher, and Emile Vidal-Carr, at the launch of the Fashion District, which is a new hub for fashion innovation that aims to return world-leading fashion manufacturing and design to the east end, held at Christopher Raeburn’s studio in London. Photo: John Nguyen/PA Wire

This brand-new approach comes as the result of an innovative collaboration by London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, the British Fashion Council (BFC), UK Fashion and Textiles, the Mayor of London, London Legacy Development Corporation (LDDC), Unibail Rodamco-Westfield, Poplar HARCA, The Trampery, Fashion Enter, Here East, Newham College, and the London Boroughs of Hackney, Haringey, Newham, Waltham Forest and Tower Hamlets.

LCF and partners host Open House Vote 100 Event at Here East

LCF alongside Sadler’s Wells, Smithsonian, UCL, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the BBC, hosted a free day of fun and entertainment at Here East, celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage. Guests enjoyed dance, music and poetry, displays, debates, workshops and screenings suitable for all ages, delivered by a group of world-class cultural and education organisations. Below we share some highlights from the events that took place.

Alpha Females performances

A group of BA (Hons) Costume Design for Performance students worked on a project called Alpha Females, in honour of 100 years of women’s suffrage. Alpha Females is a performance featuring a series of characters from third century Palmyrene Queen Zenobia to Simone de Beauvoir. The students designed costumes and worked with actors on monologues, that were performed at the event.

The long conversation with LCF guests Charlie Craggs, Akinola Davies Jnr and Ada Zanditon

Motive/Motif exhibition, singing, dancing, making

LCF students and twenty commissioned renowned and emerging artists and designers, each created an embroidered handkerchief to mark Women’s Suffrage and the passing of the 1918 Representation of the People Act. The starting point for this project and exhibition is a handkerchief that was embroidered in 1912 by women suffragettes who were imprisoned at Holloway Prison. The contemporary handkerchiefs that commemorate the Suffragettes were exhibited alongside the original 1912 handkerchief which is on loan from the Priest House & Sussex Archaeological Society, West Sussex at the Open House event.

The event was supported by Queen Elizabeth Olympic ParkFoundation for FutureLondon and Here East.

The New Local, Issue 5: Patterns

The 5th issue of The New Local expands on the many patterns and textures that dress the architecture of the London College of Fashion campuses. They are not just aesthetic treatments that give us sense of belonging, but uncover the border between the building and the space we occupy. This unbound issue contains 12 patterns taken from the LCF sites across London and made into scalable repeating patterns.

The New Local is a series of events and publications devised by Study O Portable which take place in the run up to the move to LCF’s new single campus in Stratford.

Mayor of London unveils vision for LCF’s new home East Bank at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan today welcomed a £151m investment from the Government to deliver the £1.1bn vision for East Bank at the Olympic Park in Stratford, including LCF’s new home for 2022.

At a press briefing today, new plans and building designs were unveiled at Stratford Waterfront for London College of Fashion, Sadler’s Wells, and the V&A including a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution. At the briefing Sadiq interacted with showcases from LCF including the Fashion Innovation Agency and LCF’s education work with young people for the East Curriculum.

LCF’s new building has been completely redesigned by architects Allies & Morrison following detailed public consultation to develop a brand-new masterplan for the Olympic Park site. CGI images of the building in its new position at the very centre of the Stratford Waterfront development were released at the briefing. Public consultation on the new masterplan will open on Saturday 9 June.

He revealed that the BBC will also become an LCF neighbour on the park, creating a new home for the world-renowned BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus and BBC Singers, with a substantial presence from the BBC Concert Orchestra as well as state-of-the-art recording facilities to host recording sessions and live performances across all genres from global stars to emerging talent.

The Mayor announced that at least 50% of new homes across the remaining development sites on the Park – Stratford Waterfront, Pudding Mill and Rick Roberts Way – will be affordable, in line with the Mayor’s commitment that all sites he disposes of will be at least 50% affordable.

We caught up with Head of College, Professor Frances Corner at the LCFBA18 exhibition to ask her about the importance of the move to East Bank.

East Bank will build on the area’s existing creative credentials, and LCF has been building relationships with East Bank partners, delivering projects with the thriving arts and community organisations based in the area, including the artistic community in Hackney Wick, East London Dance, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Studio Wayne McGregor and many more.

As part of this ongoing programme of work, the partners will host Open Doors: Vote 100 at Here East on 22 July, the first day of free entertainment for the local community hosted jointly by all partners.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: Great cities are defined by their ambition as much as their achievements – East Bank is the most ambitious new project of its kind for decades. I have made culture, innovation and growth a top priority, and as London’s centre of gravity has moved east, I’m delighted that we’re placing culture and education at the heart of this development and the Olympic legacy.

“My vision for East Bank is one where everyone, regardless of their background, can access world-class culture and education on their doorstep. East Bank is a fantastic collaboration of inter-disciplinary work and world-class institutions that will drive forward growth and inspire more young Londoners to take up creative careers, transforming the communities of east London.

 

Justine Simons OBE, Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries, said: “East Bank represents the most significant single investment in London’s culture since the legacy of the 1851 Great Exhibition, and will shape the cultural life of the city for the 21st century and beyond. Today’s announcement is a major step forward in realising one of the most ambitious culture projects the capital has ever seen.”

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