Month: December 2016

UAL Insights x Waltham Forest College

UAL Insights works with schools and FE colleges to inspire and support the next generation of artists and designers. In November London College of Fashion delivered styling and photography workshops onsite, at Waltham Forest College to students studying art, design and fashion.

Students worked with denim to create funky shoots and considered all the elements required to make a successful photo shoot, and the team at LCF were impressed with the outcome. Two of the students involved, Kyle and Amanda, went on to feature in the Guardian, in a feature called, “What we teenagers wore this week”.


Waltham Forest College tutor Teleica Kirkland said:

The workshops were so helpful and invaluable allowing student to throw themselves into something different at college. It is so helpful to have this input from a leading university and provides amazing insight into the industry. I think most importantly it made students realise how much hard work and collaboration is needed to get a photoshoot completed.

Five of the students are applying to study at LCF next year, and hope that the experience and work will enhance their portfolio. Kalina Pulit who worked with the students said:

I had two great sessions at the college with a lot to cover from brainstorming and customising clothing to finding the right location for the shoot. Students worked in groups and we tried to mimic the university standards of working and the nature of the industry with students taking on different roles and collaborating together. It was a very quick paced project and the students responded with a lot of energy and imagination. Considering it was the first contact with image making in a fashion context for some students, the outcomes were fresh, diverse and represented students’ identity very well

LCF’s Outreach Manager Michele Buchanan said:

Hopefully we have inspired loads more to consider studying fashion in the next few years.

Later on this term UAL Insights will deliver tailoring workshops at Newham College and invite Leyton Sixth Form College to visit LCF Pattern Cutting facilities at Curtain Road.

Read the full article on the Guardian website.

Poplar HARCA win Guardian Public Service Award for transforming east London


Poplar Housing and Regeneration Community Association (Poplar HARCA) have won a Guardian Public Service Award for their ‘cultural, social and economic transformation’ of this area of east London.

The Guardian praised the organisation’s ‘innovative thinking and doing’ working with communities in the area to support projects such as gardening, community choirs and even a swing dance festival. The idea is to work with locals to support their ideas, to regenerate the area from the inside.

The award also recognised Poplar HARCA’s partnership with London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London on the forthcoming ‘Fashioning Poplar‘ project which will transform a series of disused garages by the A12 into an incubation, enterprise and makery hub in 2018. The hub makes use of the existing environment and structures in its design, and aims to provide employment and training to a local workforce, as well as supporting local businesses.

Congratulations to Poplar HARCA, and check back for updates on the Fashioning Poplar development.


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