Month: July 2016

Latest CGI images of Stratford Waterfront released

This week London’s Evening Standard had an exclusive first glimpse of images of the Stratford Waterfront development, including UAL’s London College of Fashion building, alongside V&A and Sadler’s Wells. The images were unveiled to mark the fourth anniversary of the the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.

Inspired by the weave and texture of fabric, architects Allies and Morrison designed the building façade to embody the essence of cutting edge fashion design synonymous with the work of staff and students at London College of Fashion, UAL. The bold and memorable design makes the most of natural light and ventilation to suit the design studios and workshops and seeks to inspire the creative talent of tomorrow.

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All images courtesy of Allies and Morrison Architects

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4Fashion in the press

LCF’s Fashion Space Gallery‘s collaboration with Studio Wayne McGregor on Polyphonic Playground at Here East as part of Hackney WickED was featured on the WeHeart blog.

The blog talks about the ‘cultural dawning’ happening at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park leading up to London College of Fashion, UAL’s move there in 2021.

You can visit Polyphonic Playground for free at Here East, Saturday and Sunday 30 and 31 July, 2pm – 7pm.

Read the piece here.

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Fashion space gallery: crossovers weekend at HERE EAST

In collaboration with the Hackney wickED festival and Studio Wayne McGregor, London College of Fashion is offering a free weekend of workshops and performances within the Polyphonic Playground.

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Polyphonic Playground, photo by Carlos Jiménez

Commissioned by LCF’s Fashion Space Gallery, the interactive sound installation will host performances that explore the connections between dance, sound and technology, as well as allowing visitors the opportunity to explore the polyphonic playground itself between performances, and attend choreography workshop.

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A previous Studio Wayne McGregor performance.

Part of the Crossovers weekend at HERE EAST, organised and hosted by Foundation for FutureLondonthe event will build on the community’s development of culture and education. The events will be taking place between the 30-31st of July

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Polyphonic Playground, photo by Carlos Jiménez

Tickets are available here for Saturday and here for Sunday.

As part of this activity, there will be a Stratford Waterfront consultation exhibition by Allies and Morrison, where the public can view proposals for the site and have their say. It will be held at the London Aquatics Centre, and more information can be found on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park website.

Donate to revive the Well Street Market

As plans for London College of Fashion’s move to Stratford are well under way, we’re taking a look at other developments in the local area of our soon-to-be home.

The Well Street Market has now been established for 150 years, and being the same market where the first Tesco stall was set up -in a wheelbarrow- is something of a local gem. Becoming less thriving in recent years, the local community have come together to bring it back to life, setting up a fundraising project with plans for an “innovative model of a community market”.

well street 1The project shows potential to be massively beneficial not only for current market-stall venders but for the local community and the environment, ranging from providing training and market places for young entrepreneurs to developing the community bee project, as well as the setting up of a stage and purchasing equipment for local musical acts and a music mentoring programme.

Everyone local to the market and area are getting on board, and as the project states, Well Street Market will be “more than a market.”well street market 2

Learn more about the project and give your support here

LCF continues building relationships in east London ahead of Stratford move

London College of Fashion and Morningside Children’s Centre, Hackney, have been working together to provide teaching to mums wanting to know more about the fashion industry and pattern cutting ahead of the move to neighbouring Stratford in 2021.

Four of the Morningside Children’s Centre mothers with their completed skirts and garments.

Four of the Morningside Children’s Centre mothers with their completed skirts and garments.

A dozen mums from the centre signed up to an intensive ten week course provided by the university at its Mare Street site. The project was a collaboration between the centre, LCF and the Outreach Team at LCF, who work with local young people, schools and families to inform them of the opportunities at all our universities.

The project was chaired by Carole Morrison, Outreach manager, LCF tutor, Claudette Davis-Bonnick, and assisted by MA Pattern and Garment Technology student and Outreach ambassador, Laura Jane Salisbury.

London College of Fashion and Outreach at LCF have being working on several projects in east London ahead of the move to form new relationships with local communities of all demographics. The move will establish the university as an important cultural and economic hub in east London’s changing landscape, and the local community will be crucial to its legacy.

The university has been forging new affiliations with local mums, primary and second schools, and businesses, in a bid to make fashion and education more accessible to many parts of the city.

Laura Jane Salisbury spoke about the project and her thoughts on LCF working with the local community ahead of the move:

It’s all about understanding where you are located and giving back to the community. I think LCF are doing a great job at giving back to Hackney. It is bringing people together and creating new bonds in the community. This is something that perhaps hasn’t been there in the past, so its great that LCF have incorporating themselves within the community.

Many of the mums involved in the project had little to no experience with sewing machines at the start, but many left able to produce to a college standard entry level. Several of the mums also volunteer within Hackney, and hope to teach others what they have learnt during their time at London College of Fashion.

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