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One student’s design could be a permanent feature in the new LCF Building in Stratford

LCF and Arts SU are launching the second in a series of competitions intended to enable LCF students to be involved in the development of the College’s new building on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford.

This time, the opportunity is for students to collaborate with the design team on a series of special concrete finishes that will form a permanent feature in the new LCF building. The design vision is to cast the design into the concrete surface of the lift lobbies and on the five double-height columns in the heart of the building.

Creative Brief

The brief is to design a pattern that could be developed with the architectural team to create the special finishes for these two components of the building. The design team is looking for up to five individual designs to develop in collaboration with the participating students – three for the lift lobbies and two for the columns.


The design should speak to the history, tradition and ethos of LCF.

Key dates

The deadline for entries is 19 April 2019, then there will be an opportunity for student entries to work with the architects to develop their ideas, before a winner is chosen.



HRH The Countess of Wessex hosts reception at Buckingham Palace in celebration of Better Lives at LCF

Last night Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex, Patron of LCF, hosted an evening reception at Buckingham Palace to celebrate ten years of Better Lives at LCF, encapsulating projects that use the power of fashion to tackle issues around equality, social mobility, diversity and sustainability.

HRH The Countess of Wessex

HRH The Countess of Wessex

Industry guests at the event included Emmanuel Gintzburger CEO of Alexander McQueen, Felicity Hayward, Nicholas Kirkwood, Christopher Kane, Giles Deacon, Phoebe English, Virginia Bates, David Downton, Justine Simons, Deputy London Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries, Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye CEO Chloé and Vogue’s Suzy Menkes; who were all out in force to celebrate and support pioneering work in sustainability and social responsibility.

During the reception HRH The Countess of Wessex spoke about her commitment to the college – which began in 2013 – and her dedication to projects such as Making for Change – a training and manufacturing unit within HMP Downview women’s prison which aims to increase well-being and reduce reoffending rates amongst participants by equipping them with professional skills and qualifications within a supportive environment. HRH said:

What I love about the college is that it isn’t just about educating young people to create business opportunities, to create careers in and around the fashion industry, it also is an outward facing college and it takes its responsibilities very seriously. To give female prisoners the chance to come out of prison with a genuine job opportunity is a wonderful thing to do, and I’m thrilled that the college is working with recovered female prisoners. So, that’s just one example. And, of course this is just one part of the Better Lives programme. That, alongside sustainable fashion, which is becoming more and more prevalent. But we still have a lot of work to do and the London College is taking its part very seriously in ensuring that students are aware of how to sustain fashion and keep it on the agenda.

The audience were given an insight into the future of the college – talking about the historic move which will see all six of LCF’s sites united for the first time in its 112 year old history, on one purpose built campus in the Queen Elizabeth Park in the heart of East London in 2022.  The development will be part of the vision for East Bank – a new cultural and educational destination for London. LCF will be joined by neighbours including the BBC, Sadler’s Wells, V&A and University College London and Loughborough University.

Under its new roof the work of the college and it’s ‘Better Lives’ agenda will continue to flourish and will be more vital than ever in a rapidly changing world – a rallying call to industry was made to ask for their continued support in nurturing the next generation of fashion professionals who pass through the doors of one of the world’s leading fashion colleges.

Head of LCF Professor Frances Corner

Head of LCF Professor Frances Corner

Head of LCF Professor Frances Corner also spoke at the event and reflected on how far the college had come – helping fashion as a discipline to extend and expand its influence, countering traditional stereotypes of fashion as a lightweight subject and how over the past ten years, the college has redefined its agenda, placing sustainability and social responsibility at the heart of what they do.

Model Felicity Hayward also attended the event

Model Felicity Hayward also attended the event

During the reception guests were able to see installations of work by artists Charlotte Hodes, Lucy Orta and Helen Storey – each piece telling stories through fashion around women’s suffrage and the current refugee crisis – projects which demonstrate that fashion is more than clothes and catwalks – but a powerful force for positive change.

All images by Unai Matteo Lopez

Fashion District to make East London the global capital of fashion technology

Plans to make East London the global hub of fashion technology have been announced today at the launch of the capital’s new Fashion District.

Fashion District aims to return world-leading fashion manufacturing and design to east London with sites in East Bank, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Hackney Wick, Haringey and Poplar. It aims to boost growth through thousands of new jobs, improving skills and training, and the provision of new affordable workspaces.

Fashion is currently worth £1.4bn to the east London economy and has seen a rise of more than 10,000 fashion jobs in east London between 2010 and 2015.  The work of the Fashion District is predicted to provide a further boost to the area with additional jobs.

Professor Frances Corner, OBE, Head of London College of Fashion, UAL, speaks at the launch of the Fashion District. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2018. Photo: John Nguyen/PA Wire

Professor Frances Corner, OBE, Head of London College of Fashion, UAL, speaks at the launch of the Fashion District. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 10, 2018. Photo: John Nguyen/PA Wire

The new plans unveiled today will build on a long history in fashion manufacturing and legacy in East London to ensure that the area is the centre for fashion education, design, business and technology. Throughout the capital’s history the east end has been at the centre of fashion manufacturing – from silk weaving in Spitalfields to all the work of the seamstresses and tailors. Currently 23 per cent of the capital’s fashion enterprises and employment are based in east London, and this new hub will support further growth through training and provision of technology used in fashion production – 3D printing, laser cutting, interactive and wearable fabrics – and design software.

Professor Frances Corner, Pro Vice-Chancellor UAL and Head of London College of Fashion said:

“London needs to act now if it wants to stay at the forefront of the fashion tech revolution. Emerging businesses only grow with significant support in skills, advocacy, innovation and investment. That’s what the Fashion District will bring. I am particularly delighted the London Boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Haringey, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest have pledged their support. Working with London Boroughs will accelerate the development of space and business support for SMEs and attracting light manufacturing to east London.”

(L to R) Designer Christopher Raeburn, with young designers Bethany Williams, Sabinna Rachimova, Daniel Fletcher, and Emile Vidal-Carr, at the launch of the Fashion District, which is a new hub for fashion innovation that aims to return world-leading fashion manufacturing and design to the east end, held at Christopher Raeburn’s studio in London. Photo: John Nguyen/PA Wire

This brand-new approach comes as the result of an innovative collaboration by London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, the British Fashion Council (BFC), UK Fashion and Textiles, the Mayor of London, London Legacy Development Corporation (LDDC), Unibail Rodamco-Westfield, Poplar HARCA, The Trampery, Fashion Enter, Here East, Newham College, and the London Boroughs of Hackney, Haringey, Newham, Waltham Forest and Tower Hamlets.

LCF and partners host Open House Vote 100 Event at Here East

LCF alongside Sadler’s Wells, Smithsonian, UCL, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the BBC, hosted a free day of fun and entertainment at Here East, celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage. Guests enjoyed dance, music and poetry, displays, debates, workshops and screenings suitable for all ages, delivered by a group of world-class cultural and education organisations. Below we share some highlights from the events that took place.

Alpha Females performances

A group of BA (Hons) Costume Design for Performance students worked on a project called Alpha Females, in honour of 100 years of women’s suffrage. Alpha Females is a performance featuring a series of characters from third century Palmyrene Queen Zenobia to Simone de Beauvoir. The students designed costumes and worked with actors on monologues, that were performed at the event.

The long conversation with LCF guests Charlie Craggs, Akinola Davies Jnr and Ada Zanditon

Motive/Motif exhibition, singing, dancing, making

LCF students and twenty commissioned renowned and emerging artists and designers, each created an embroidered handkerchief to mark Women’s Suffrage and the passing of the 1918 Representation of the People Act. The starting point for this project and exhibition is a handkerchief that was embroidered in 1912 by women suffragettes who were imprisoned at Holloway Prison. The contemporary handkerchiefs that commemorate the Suffragettes were exhibited alongside the original 1912 handkerchief which is on loan from the Priest House & Sussex Archaeological Society, West Sussex at the Open House event.

The event was supported by Queen Elizabeth Olympic ParkFoundation for FutureLondon and Here East.

The New Local, Issue 5: Patterns

The 5th issue of The New Local expands on the many patterns and textures that dress the architecture of the London College of Fashion campuses. They are not just aesthetic treatments that give us sense of belonging, but uncover the border between the building and the space we occupy. This unbound issue contains 12 patterns taken from the LCF sites across London and made into scalable repeating patterns.

The New Local is a series of events and publications devised by Study O Portable which take place in the run up to the move to LCF’s new single campus in Stratford.

4Fashion: where we are now

You may have read in the Architects Journal about the masterplan for Stratford Waterfront changing to protect a view of St Paul’s Cathedral from Richmond Park. This has lead to the partners on the site reconvening to submit a new design for the development on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

This has allowed the group opportunities to further refine their building designs, but also that of the surrounding environment. Landscape architects LDA, who designed the Park originally in time for the 2012 Olympic Games, have been appointed. They have been looking at other sites around the world for inspiration, and we include some images of those here.

Some of the themes they have been looking at are:

  • The dual aspect nature of the site, looking at the union between the front of the buildings on to the Olympic Park and the back, facing the city.
  • Making the most of the waterfront, and using this to create an area of beauty.

  • Including as much nature in the space as possible, on every level, including any roof level

  • The public realm, and how to make this a calming and inspirational place to spend time for everyone.

The New Local, Issue 3 – Wish You Were Here!

The third issue of The New Local, Wish You Were Here!, explored different views from LCF buildings in the form of a postcard book. In each image, an outward view is framed by the architectural details of the building. Like the holiday postcards from the seaside, the postcards here are records of locations that are sometimes familiar and other times exotic to us, but all of them are equally significant in the way they present specific combination of the outside and the inside. See if you can guess the site locations from the images below (answers at the end of this post).

We were joined by staff at our Lime Grove campus canteen which boasts terrific views. They were encouraged to guess the views from postcards by looking through viewfinders. We also had prizes on offer along with coffee and home-made cakes. Staff that joined us found out more about this ongoing project, LCF buildings past and present and shared their own memories with their fellows.

The images above are views from:

  1. Lime Grove
  2. John Princes Street
  3. Lime Grove
  4. John Princes Street
  5. High Holborn
  6. Mare Street
  7. John Princes Street
  8. Golden Lane
  9. Mare Street
  10. Curtain Road
  11. John Princes Street
  12. John Princes Street

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.

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