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LCF and UCL launch new joint MSc course in Design for Disability and Innovation

As a partner in the Global Disability Innovation Hub, LCF has worked with UCL and Loughborough University London (LUL) to launch a Masters degree in Design for Disability and Innovation, open to applications from September 2019. This is another example of East Bank partners working together to bring benefits to students and the community.

The course will be mostly taught at the GDI hub as part of UCL’s home at Here East, with a module at LUL and a day per week at LCF’s Fashion Business School. The course will combine engineering design thinking, new technologies, and business and marketing strategies to be able to launch new products.

Read more about the new course here:



The New Local 6: Faces

The New Local Team gathered images of quirky fittings and fixtures across LCF buildings, which were made into customisable masks at the LCF end of year staff party.

The New Local Team put a call out to staff to find faces within the buildings features, interiors and inanimate objects, and submit them as part of the next installment Issue 6, Faces.

The 6th issue of The New Local finds faces in the London College of Fashion
buildings. One of the things we have been looking to achieve with The New Local is discover ways in which we give personalities to the place we inhabit. But of course what we think about a place is different for different people. So is there something that has same features but different personalities? In this booklet we gathered inanimate objects within LCF that resembles faces. We see them because of our instinctive ability to recognise faces, but these characters nonetheless seem to convey different emotions and embody the spirit of the place.

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.

Mayor of London unveils vision for LCF’s new home East Bank at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan today welcomed a £151m investment from the Government to deliver the £1.1bn vision for East Bank at the Olympic Park in Stratford, including LCF’s new home for 2022.

At a press briefing today, new plans and building designs were unveiled at Stratford Waterfront for London College of Fashion, Sadler’s Wells, and the V&A including a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution. At the briefing Sadiq interacted with showcases from LCF including the Fashion Innovation Agency and LCF’s education work with young people for the East Curriculum.

LCF’s new building has been completely redesigned by architects Allies & Morrison following detailed public consultation to develop a brand-new masterplan for the Olympic Park site. CGI images of the building in its new position at the very centre of the Stratford Waterfront development were released at the briefing. Public consultation on the new masterplan will open on Saturday 9 June.

He revealed that the BBC will also become an LCF neighbour on the park, creating a new home for the world-renowned BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus and BBC Singers, with a substantial presence from the BBC Concert Orchestra as well as state-of-the-art recording facilities to host recording sessions and live performances across all genres from global stars to emerging talent.

The Mayor announced that at least 50% of new homes across the remaining development sites on the Park – Stratford Waterfront, Pudding Mill and Rick Roberts Way – will be affordable, in line with the Mayor’s commitment that all sites he disposes of will be at least 50% affordable.

We caught up with Head of College, Professor Frances Corner at the LCFBA18 exhibition to ask her about the importance of the move to East Bank.

East Bank will build on the area’s existing creative credentials, and LCF has been building relationships with East Bank partners, delivering projects with the thriving arts and community organisations based in the area, including the artistic community in Hackney Wick, East London Dance, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Studio Wayne McGregor and many more.

As part of this ongoing programme of work, the partners will host Open Doors: Vote 100 at Here East on 22 July, the first day of free entertainment for the local community hosted jointly by all partners.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: Great cities are defined by their ambition as much as their achievements – East Bank is the most ambitious new project of its kind for decades. I have made culture, innovation and growth a top priority, and as London’s centre of gravity has moved east, I’m delighted that we’re placing culture and education at the heart of this development and the Olympic legacy.

“My vision for East Bank is one where everyone, regardless of their background, can access world-class culture and education on their doorstep. East Bank is a fantastic collaboration of inter-disciplinary work and world-class institutions that will drive forward growth and inspire more young Londoners to take up creative careers, transforming the communities of east London.


Justine Simons OBE, Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries, said: “East Bank represents the most significant single investment in London’s culture since the legacy of the 1851 Great Exhibition, and will shape the cultural life of the city for the 21st century and beyond. Today’s announcement is a major step forward in realising one of the most ambitious culture projects the capital has ever seen.”

The New Local 4: Office Wilderness

To celebrate the fourth iteration of The New Local, an event took place at Mare Street on 30 November 2017 where staff brought along office indoor plants to take part in a plant-swap event.

In the fourth publication LCF staff received a small botanical guide of some of the humble plants around the College, recognising their potential as a means of transformation. This publication catalogs the plant life that inhabits the offices and rooms within five campuses.

Bringing nature inside has been our way of making the work place more welcoming and hospitable, but it’s also a way to make the artificial environment feel less so. At the same time, these indoor plants are an architectural intervention as much as a botanical one, negotiated between the natural behaviour of the plants and the new environment they are bought into.

Copies of the botanical guide have been sent acorss LCF sites. Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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

Creative Dance and Technology Lab

The London College of Fashion Arts Programme and East London Dance are delighted to offer students and emerging practitioners the exciting opportunity to take part in the inaugural Creative Dance and Technology Lab, an initiative aimed at bringing costume design, technology and dance closer together.

Tony Mills WatchiT! Photo by Alex Rumford

A select group consisting of a mixture of costume designers, choreographers and creative technologists will take part in a week-long workshop and be offered the chance to come together in teams to develop a body of work over the summer months in 2017.

Starting with a 1-Week Intensive in July comprised of presentations, workshops and testing in the newly opened Digital Learning Lab and Arcade East spaces at Mare Street, participants can then split into smaller groups to develop their ideas further. They will investigate how physical computing, mixed and virtual reality and e-textiles can inform their practice when combined with dance and choreography. Space can be booked by groups for rehearsals and tests of individual projects before coming together for another full week of rehearsals in early September. At the end of this week, groups will present their idea and performance to pitch for a place at East London Dance’s Fashion Weekender in Spring 2018.

This call is open to UAL students and alumni from backgrounds in fashion and costume, media production and interactive design subjects. It is also open to emerging choreographers with an interest in exploring the possibilities of technology and collaborative working practices.

Please join us at Arcade East on 16 May to hear more about this opportunity, book your place here.

Key Dates:

  • w/o 8 May – More details about programme and application procedures announced
  • 16 May – Creative Dance and Technology Lab – Project briefing. Find out more details about the creative lab programme: 6.30-9pm, Arcade East, LCF, 182 Mare Street, E8 3RE
  • 31 May – Application deadline
  • w/o 5 June – Selection of workshop participants
  • 17-21 July – Creative Lab Intensive week 1
  • August – Possibility for groups to book rehearsal time in Arcade East
  • 4-9 Sep – Creative Lab Intensive week 2
  • Before 13 Sep – Selection of piece for Fashion + Dance Weekender 2019

New Ways of Working: Evolving Digital Practice at London College of Fashion

One of the areas that London College of Fashion, UAL, is concentrating on in the lead up to our move to Stratford Waterfront is the exploration of digital technologies in teaching and learning practice.

We have set up a Digital Strategies workstream to gather information to inform our digital requirements for our teaching spaces, in collaboration with other working groups and research centres. This work stream is in ‘discovery’ phase and has two current focuses: exploring best practice in other institutions and creating the stage for the exploration of new approaches within LCF.

Sony sponsored the LCFMA16 exhibition in January 2016. Image by AVSLondon

Sony sponsored the LCFMA16 exhibition in January 2016. Image by AVSLondon

An ‘Exemplar’ learning space built in LCF’s Mare Street site over summer 2016 is due to open in the new academic year; it aims to give staff and students access and exposure to an evolving pallet of new Digital learning tools, technologies and pedagogic approaches. Learnings from participating cohorts’ practice and associated Digital competencies will be used to inform the learning environment design and technology brief for Stratford. The work stream builds on LCF’s experience of experimentation at the frontiers of the digital space, through the Digital Anthropology Lab, and on its strong track record in partnering with technology companies.

Interactive walls in use

Interactive walls in use


Introduction to 4Fashion: the move to Stratford

By 2022, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London will move to Stratford Waterfront, the new cultural hub at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, bringing our six specialist sites under one roof and into one campus.

What we do here is much more than designing clothes. Our work is based on over a century of development and we drive change across an ever evolving global industry. By bringing together our varied disciplines and facilities, this new site, quite literally, gives us space to explore the possibilities of what fashion will become over the next hundred years. As a world leading educator for such a specialist subject, that is what we need to do now.

Head of London College of Fashion and Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of the Arts London, Professor Frances Corner


To shape lives through fashion.
London College of Fashion, UAL, is a world leader in fashion design, media and business education and we have been nurturing creative talent for over a century.
Our move to the Olympic Park gives us the opportunity to redefine what fashion is by connecting our range of disciplines for the first time and under one roof, and to show London and the world what these possibilities look like.


The College’s rich heritage and international reputation means constant identification of new ways of working, responsiveness to changes in design practice, development of new skills and discovery of new markets.
The design solution for our new building will enable LCF to maintain and exploit our unique brand, culture and connected existence.
We hope to create a growing cultural hub of thousands of students and staff, who will forge relationships with their neighbours in the community, from Newham Council to schools, cultural institutions to local residents. They will create events and hold exhibitions that will inspire, provoke, excite and educate. They will draw even more international attention and attract even more new business eager to tap into the vitality, energy and vision of a new creative centre for London.

Opportunities offered by the move are:

  • Having all of our courses and levels under one roof for the first time, which will create more collaboration
  • Transforming the experience of our students with new modes of teaching and learning
  • Strengthening our role as a business incubator
  • Creating a community
  • Creating opportunities for our staff and students to work with our neighbours at Stratford Waterfront, V&A, UCL and Sadler’s Wells.

The site and the building

The Cultural and Education District on the Olympic Park is split across two sites. Its development is being managed by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), the Government body with responsibility for delivering an appropriate legacy to the 2012 Olympic Games in East London.

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