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Students from schools across Newham take part in a workshop exploring subjects through make up and props

Students from primary and secondary schools across Newham came together at the University of East London, with tutors and students from London College of Fashion, for a workshop exploring subjects through make up and props.

Michele Buchanan, Senior Outreach Manager at London College of Fashion said:

Thanks to UEL for welcoming us to their site, it is so positive to work together to promote the arts across the borough. The students got really excited and it was so lovely to see so many boys playing with make up and getting stuck in. The Newham art teachers put so much into this behind the scenes creating the best props for the shoot, a huge thanks to everyone involved.

The wonderful photographs created by the students will be used to promote the annual Art Matters exhibition at UEL. The show comprises works of art from Primary Schools, Secondary Schools and Colleges within Newham with outreach connections to UAL.

The show is a celebration of the talent of students across Newham and celebrates the dedication of the Newham art teachers who are so passionate about the subject. London College of Fashion, is pleased to support the show and we look forward to welcoming students to our new Stratford site in the future.

Art Matters exhibition opening, Tuesday 4 July at the University of East London, Docklands campus, School of Arts and Digital Industries, 4-6 university Way, London, E16 2PD

Force of Nature – new exhibition at Mile End Art Pavilion

Last week a new exhibition called Force of Nature opened at The Art Pavilion in Mile End, curated by LCF Research Fellow James Putnam.

It aims to communicate an awareness of nature’s increasing fragility and some of the works on display are concerned with urgent issues of ecological and social sustainability.

Movement, light, birth, growth, ageing, decay and rebirth are among the energies or ‘forces’ that artists strive to capture in the exhibition. Using a diverse range of media including organic materials, they are continually searching and synthesising new ways to redefine our relationship with nature. The work from the 28 artists involved will be evocative, provocative or sublime, with some conveying an urgent environmental message.

Images by Benjamin Lansky

The exhibition will be on display until 6 April 2017.

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.

Hardy Amies Exhibition opens next month at Valence House Museum in Dagenham

Earlier this year, we announced a collaboration between London College of Fashion and Create London, celebrating the life of iconic designer Hardy Amies, and his beginnings in East London. Collaborating partners are curators from the William Morris Museum, Valence House Museum, the White House Museum and local community groups.

Hardy Amies in Cannes in 1939. Image courtesy of

Hardy Amies in Cannes in 1939. Image courtesy of

This month, the exhibition Hardy Amies: A Dagenham Designer opens, and will display the designs and personal effects of the remarkable fashion designer Hardy Amies (1909 – 2003) at Valence House Museum in Dagenham.

It is a little known fact that the world famous couturier spent his childhood in Dagenham, living nearby in The White House, an 18th century farmhouse, while his father was overseeing the building of the Becontree Estate – then the largest interwar public housing project in the world. Amies is best known as the official dressmaker to the Queen, which he performed for 37 years, from her ascension in 1952 to his retirement in 1989.

Items on display in the exhibition will include the dress Amies designed for Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee in 1977, a Teddy Boy outfit, vintage suits, as well as letters and photographs from his childhood.

The exhibition has been co-curated by Amy de la Haye, Professor of Dress History & Curatorship at LCF, and joint programme leader on MA Fashion Curation, alongside Professor Judith Clark.

Alongside the exhibition, there will be a series of related events will take place at The White House, Create’s new space for art and community activity, and Amies’ childhood home. It opens on 3 December 2016 and runs until 25 February 2017. Entry is free.

LCF alumnus John Nolan featured on Here East’s #MakerMonday series

John Nolan studied BA (Hons) Technical Effects for Performance at LCF and now has his own animatronics studio in Hackney, East London. Our friends at Here East met with him recently and went behind the scenes at his studio, to find out what his work entails, and to discuss their collaboration.

Watch the video below:

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.


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.


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.

Design+Make: LCF and Art Against Knives East London Project

Last week, Art Against Knives and LCF came together at the Ally Capellino Store in Shoreditch, to celebrate their second Design+Make collaboration – a programme designed to support young adults in creating their own positive futures.

LCF x Art Against Knives work. Image by Hanna Puskarz.

LCF x Art Against Knives work. Image by Hanna Puskarz.

Ten young creatives aged 18‐24 from the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Newham joined this this year’s cohort. The students spent two weeks in the workshops at Golden Lane, learning traditional leather work skills, which through the guidance of our industry professionals and technicians, resulted in the students designing and making their own leather bag.

21-year old Andre from Tower Hamlets who participated in this year’s project told LCF News about his experience.

It was a two week leather bag making course and I really enjoyed it. I was able to test skills that I had already, and obviously work on new ones – I gained a lot of experience and learnt how to use certain tools like the ore and leather cutter. We created the bag from scratch – we had dimensions that we had to design to. I wanted to make a rucksack and I stuck to that and I’m glad it turned out amazing. I want to thank the team at LCF and Art Against Knives for helping me out. I’m going to use my bag – it’s part of the brand I want to create.

Head of LCF, Professor Frances Corner attended the event and she commented on how impressed she was with the work on display:

The designs were so creative and really reflected the personalities of the participants. To achieve the standard of finishing that I saw in just two weeks, is really amazing. I am really proud to be a part of such a great programme, I found it inspiring listening to what the participants had taken away from the experience.

This is the second time the Design+Make programme has run, working with young creatives from East London. We can’t wait for the next installment.

LCF collaborates with Circle Collective

Last Month students from LCF’s BA (Hons) Fashion Sportswear and MDes International Fashion Production Management courses, came together in Dalston, to celebrate the relaunch of the Circle Collective store. The evening featured an in-store catwalk show as well as the announcement of the winning LCF students, who took part in an industry project collaboration between LCF and the charity.

Winning LCF students, Melissa Barragan and Aimee Kelly, atthe Circle Collective shop in Dalston.

Winning LCF students, Melissa Barragan and Aimee Kelly, at the Circle Collective shop in Dalston.

The BA (Hons) Sportswear students were briefed to design a garment that represents the charity, while the MDes students were tasked with finding the best way of putting the winning design into production. One of the winning students, Melissa Barragan from the BA (Hons) Fashion Sportswear course told LCF about her design and said:

The concept was to design a jacket suitable for graffers [graffiti artists]. Through my research, I created a concept of removable backpack that they could put their items into. The idea is to offer practicality, camouflage and versatility. I think the concept suited the brief because the jacket emerges from the street art culture and reflects the uniqueness of Hackney.

I am really glad I won the project! It was the first time I had the opportunity to work for an industry and contextualize my practice into the real world. I worked very hard and challenged myself to create this jacket. I do consider this as the first step in my career.

Congratulations to all the students involved, who contributed their own unique specialisms to the delivery of fashion products that have helped to promote Circle and its objectives, in “creating opportunities and changing the lives of young people.” 

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