Month: March 2016

Celebrating the life of Hardy Amies in the East End

Hardy Amies in Cannes in 1939. Image courtesy of

Hardy Amies in Cannes in 1939. Image courtesy of

London College of Fashion, UAL is working with Create London to celebrate iconic designer Hardy Amies, and his beginnings in the East End of London. Collaborating partners are curators from the William Morris Museum, Valence House Museum, the White House Museum and local community groups.

Iconic British tailor and dressmaker for the Queen, Hardy Amies lived in Dagenham as a child in the 1920s and 1930s, in what is now known as the White House in Green Lane. His father was a residential agent (or more commonly known to locals as a ‘rent collector’) for the Becontree Estate, built to rehouse residents of East End slums, which remains the largest public housing estate in the world.

Austin Mutti-Mewes, former curator of the Hardy Amies archives visited the BA (Hons) Bespoke Tailoring course at London College of Fashion and brought in samples of iconic and largely-unseen pieces. The students then worked on pieces inspired by this and presented to Austin and Hadrian Gerrard from Create London.

The project continues until Summer Term 2016 when three winning students may have their work in an exhibition in Valence House Museum, Dagenham as part of the celebration of the overall project and the life of Amies, who returned to Becontree even after he had moved his brand to Savile Row, to observe ‘women’s needs.’

LCF staff and students will also deliver three workshops to students at Barking and Dagenham College as an extension of this valuable project.

A Walk Around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

a walk around stratford LLDC (London Legacy Development Corporation, the organisation that run Stratford Waterfront and the Olympic Park) have uploaded to their site a really useful guide to the area, especially talking about transport links.

You can download it from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park site here.

Cabinet Stories brings art to east London

Cabinet illustration by Max Kahlen of Dyvik Kahlen Architects.

Cabinet illustration by Max Kahlen of Dyvik Kahlen Architects.

The Centre for Fashion Curation along with the Social Responsibility Team at London College of Fashion, UAL have worked together on a new travelling exhibition project called Cabinet Stories, which will visit communities across east London delivering a workshops from curators and fashion practitioners.

The Cabinet Stories exhibitions will explore topics such as Fashion and Sport in 1910, Fashion and Fiction looking at how designers have used comic strip icons in their collections, Spinning Yarns exploring forgotten crafts, Unfolding Fashion: Fans and the Art of Advertising by Jacob Moss, curator at The Fan Museum, and Little Ghosts by Oriole Cullen, senior curator the V&A, London College of Fashion, UAL’s Stratford Waterfront partner.

The cabinet will travel to the East London NHS Foundation Trust – a facility providing mental healthcare, and a residential care home for the elderly before it opens to the public in September 2016 at Chrisp Street Market in Poplar.

Stay tuned to the LCF News blog, Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date with the project.

Debate Tech presents a vision for London’s digital future

Debate Tech, a Tech London Advocate event was held at Stratford venue Here East in February 2016. The Mayoral candidates from the main parties discussed their policies around technology and presented their vision for London’s digital future.

The following candidates were in attendance:Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat
Sadiq Khan, Labour
Sian Berry, Green
Zac Goldsmith, Conservative
The format of the event reflected a traditional hustings, with candidates having the opportunity to address the audience before facing a series of questions from the event compere – Michael Hayman.

The key themes arising from the discussion were:-
– Each candidate promised that they would like to future-proof London as the leading European capital for digital technology creativity and innovation.
– More investment would be made available to ensure greater connectivity for all areas of London and for London to have faster broadband speeds
– Each candidate promised that they would create a new post in the Mayors Office – Chief Digital Officer for London
– The need for London to have a Tech Manifesto which would form a much wider digital governance strategy
– All candidates wanted more tech start ups. A key objective for London was to start and grow SME’S. However, all candidates realised that there is a desperate shortfall of affordable work and living space
– The need to increase SME’s digital awareness (particularly keeping IP secure) and digital capacity in order for them to scale up
– The shortage of real digital awareness in education
– The need to create more digital apprenticeships – Hackney Community College being one of the first in London to do so.

The Tech Manifesto will be launched at a tech hustings ahead of the Mayoral election on 5th May 2016.

Read more on Centre for London’s website here

An east London guided tour

by Rosie Higham-Stainton

From Stratford site to Homerton (2.5 miles, 45 minute walk without stops)

The Stratford site is a short walk away from some of east london’s burgeoning creative, cultural and culinary areas. Here we give you a guided tour through Hackney Wick, to Homerton, stopping off for a few well earned breaks along the way.

The River Lea was an important tributary in east London in the Anglo Saxon period and flows from Chiltern Hills north of London to Bow Creek and the Thames. It is said that in around 880 it was used to define the border between the Danes and the English. Cross the River Lee, onto London Way, baring right and take the first major left onto Carpenters Road. This becomes White Post Lane as you cross the River Lee and head into Hackney Wick.


The White Building in Hackney Wick, with Crate Brewery on the water front. Image courtesy of Gessato Blog (

As you cross the river, take the steps to your right down to the riverside. Here you’ll find The White Building – a centre for art, technology and sustainability. Check out their exhibition space before taking a respite at Crate Brewery next door, which serves delicious woodfire pizza and a selection of craft beers. Back up and along White Post Lane away from the river will bring you to The Yard Theatre – a multifunctional venue space, hosting outdoor and indoor plays and underground club nights after dark.

The Yard Theatre, image courtesy of The Yard Theatre

The Yard Theatre, image courtesy of The Yard Theatre

After some culture head further into Hackney Wick (White Post Lane, and then onto Hepscott Road) towards Hackney institution Hackney Pearl for great coffee and food.

Continue on up Berkshire Road and onto Osborne road, through the studio and warehouse spaces that still house east end businesses such as Mr Bagel Factory and H. Forman & Sons smokehouse.

Left onto Eastway and right onto a footpath takes you across the A12 and to the corner of Mabley Green (look out for the huge boulder in the middle, an installation by artist John Frankland).

Swinnerton Street takes you to Kentworthy Road and up onto Homerton High Street where pubs abound. The Adam and Eve is a large establishment with straightforward drinks and intermittent pop-up menu courtesy of The Quality Chop House in Farringdon. Outside seating in the stables and courtyard make for a good summer hangout.

Chatsworth Road, image courtesy of Russells of Clapton

Chatsworth Road, image courtesy of Russells of Clapton

Brooksby’s Walk (right by the church if you’re coming from Adam and Eve) will take you up onto Chatsworth Road – an east end outpost made up of hardware and pound shops, delis, cafes and a Sunday market. The Epicerie 56 for coffee and further up towards Millfields Park, Cooper & Woolf (home to Scandinavian cuisine and customers) are both worth stopping at.

New images of Olympicopolis Released

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  • Images show the new homes for UAL’s London College of Fashion, V&A and Sadler’s Wells
  • Outline planning application expected to be submitted in December 2016.

New images of London College of Fashion, UAL’s new home at Stratford Waterfront, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park have been published today. The images have been created as part of the master planning for the site and show how the partners will combine on the site. London College of Fashion is the building just next to the two high rise towers, with the Smithsonian (TBC) to the right of it in yellow, then Sadler’s Wells then on the right, V&A.

The design of Stratford Waterfront is the work of a team of renowned architects, designers and master planners led by Allies and Morrison and including RIBA Royal Gold Medal winners O’Donnell and Tuomey.

The design will be further developed during 2016, leading to the submission of a detailed planning application at the end of the year.


Nigel Carrington, UAL’s Vice-Chancellor, said: “We are excited to get a first glimpse of how Olympicopolis will look as it develops over the next five years into a world-class hub for the creative arts. We are proud that a new campus for London College of Fashion will be at the heart of the development, building on the College’s East End heritage, creating an East London fashion cluster through education, research, enterprise and its Better Lives programme.

“The new campus is part of UAL’s wider commitment to invest in its buildings, including a £62m regeneration of Camberwell College of Arts, plans for a new London College of Communication campus at the heart of Elephant and Castle and the completion of our Central Saint Martins campus in King’s Cross in 2011.”

David Goldstone, Chief Executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation said, “Our plans to create a world class education and cultural district on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park are moving forward in leaps and bounds. These exciting new images really start to give life to the project.”

Building work on Stratford Waterfront is due to start in 2018 and Stratford Waterfront will be fully open to the public in 2019/20. London College of Fashion, UAL will be moving in 2020/2021.

The Legacy Corporation will start preliminary market consultations to inform the approach to the construction works contracts in April 2016.

Details will be published via the Official Journal of the European Union and the LLDC website


Allies and Morrison hold community engagement sessions in Stratford

Allies and Morrison, the architects creating the new buildings on the Stratford Waterfront site for London College of Fashion, UAL, UCL, V&A and Sadlers Wells, and London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) have been holding community engagement sessions in Stratford to gather opinions and feedback on the plans for the regeneration of the area.

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They have completed three pop-up consultations, which included display boards detailing plans for the site, and models of how the site might look. So far there have been 570 people who have stopped to discuss the plans. The final pop up is on Saturday 5 March in Fish Island, Hackney Wick and then the final exhibition on 15 March at Gerry’s Kitchen.

Overall the response has been really positive with support for the draft masterplan and its design principles. The project is considered a positive use of land that is otherwise vacant. The partners were specifically welcomed to the area, to increase opportunities and reasons to visit the Park.

Comments included, “I have lived in Stratford for 35 years and I haven’t visited the Park this would make me go.” Feedback also included a reminder that green space is extremely important, and people felt the buildings should have individual character and designs that have some reference to east London industrial heritage.

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Some more comments were,

  • “Anything but glass tower blocks”
  •  “The Olympic Park has iconic architecture so it is important to develop bold and high quality buildings”

Suggestions for events and activities were varied but included ideas for an open air cinema, theatre productions, music concerts, dance events and food markets. Respondents were keen to see engagement from the partners with local schools, suggesting LCF and Sadler’s Wells should offer summer programmes, placements and taster sessions for local people. The partners should operate an open-door policy and also work to engage those without children/young families. In terms of community facilities people would like to see affordable meeting spaces for local people to use that also considers the ethnically diverse needs of east London.


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