Month: October 2016

Cabinet Stories open to the public at Emmaus Greenwich Poplar Shop

Earlier this year we announced Cabinet Stories – a collaboration between the Centre For Fashion Curation and the Social Responsibility team at LCF. The project explores different aspects of fashion, through a series of seven themed exhibitions, organised by curators working in London, and displayed in a cabinet; the traditional form of museum display.

CABINET-STORIES-announcement

It launched at a London-based women’s prison and went on to appear at two more locations: the East London NHS Foundation Trust – a facility for patients with borderline personality disorders, and Silk Court home for the elderly in Bethnal Green.

Cabinet Stories will now be open to the public for the first time at Emmaus Greenwich, Poplar shop. At Emmaus all the exhibitions will be on display at the same time, accompanied by a free workshop programme, some of which will be open to the public on a first come first served basis. Follow LCF on Twitter to find out details about the workshops.

A limited edition tote bag has also been made using fabric donated by Peter Jensen, to be sold at Emmaus Poplar shop. The bags cost £16 and were handmade by women at the Training and Manufacturing Workshop based at HMP Downview, an initiative which is run by LCF. All profits from the sale of the bags will go to Emmaus charity.

Peter-Jensen-bags

Cabinet Stories was devised by curator Alison Moloney and commissioned along with Jessamine Tierney from the Social Responsibility team at LCF. It will be on display from 7 October to 2 November 2016. Alison told us:

“It has been a privilege to have worked with these partners and audiences. It reinforces the ability of clothing and fashion to speak to a wide and diverse audience and has provided valuable research and multiple perspectives on what fashion exhibitions can communicate.”

All photpgraphy on display is by LCF BA (Hons) Fashion Photography graduate, Hanna Puskarz.

LCF and Create London collaborate to deliver tailoring workshops to college students

During the summer, LCF in collaboration with Create London, delivered an ‘Introduction to the Waistcoat’ to students at Barking and Dagenham College, as part of a series of bespoke tailoring workshops.

Students from Barking and Dagenham college taking part in the tailoring workshop

Students from Barking and Dagenham college taking part in the tailoring workshop

The workshops were delivered by BA (Hons) Bespoke Tailoring tutor Winston Rose, and supported by Outreach ambassadors Eva Samuel and Paige Rene, BA (Hons) Bespoke Tailoring students at LCF.  Winston, Eva and Paige worked with the students to produce waistcoats, teaching them specialist tailoring and handcraft skills.

Tailoring workshop at Barking and Dagenham Collegg

Tailoring workshop at Barking and Dagenham College

Create London is a social enterprise that seeks to explore the ways artists can contribute to the lives of people in cities and they are currently working on an extensive project celebrating the life and work of Hardy Amies. The project aims to highlight and celebrate The White House’s history and its connection to the iconic British tailor, who lived there as a child during the 1920s and 1930s. Whilst Hardy Amies is probably best known for being a personal designer to the Queen he has also worked in film, costume design and interiors.

Winston Rose teaching the college students tailoring skills

Winston Rose teaching the college students tailoring skills

It has opened my mind to the possibilities of other fashion courses and pathways  – Stephanie, Barking and Dagenham College student.

Thoughts from students

I would definitely do this course again, I loved it” – Eleanor, student

It was very challenging as I have never done tailoring before, but I really enjoyed it” Kayleigh, student

I really enjoyed learning new stitching techniques and skills” Ellie, student

I loved seeing my waistcoat come together” Paige, student

Thoughts from Winston

‘This was an ambitious project, creating the waistcoats required the use of advanced tailoring skills for these students, who were just completing their first year of a 2 year BTEC Diploma in Fashion and Garment Construction. The students were determined, and working together with the LCF Peer Mentors and myself were able to rise to the challenge of completing their waistcoats over the two-day workshop. It is a wonderful experience working with the College. It gave me the opportunity to reflect upon my teaching practice, and to work with younger students; I felt uplifted and inspired working with these creative young minds. I enjoy giving young people an opportunity to experience what it is like to study at LCF, and I hope it encourages them to consider studying fashion in Higher Education.’

It made me realise I really did want to work in the fashion industry” Benie, student

I am now thinking of doing tailoring at university” Samira, student

I am interested in the ethical side of the fashion industry and would like to learn more about that” Eleanor, student

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