Open Now – Simon Costin’s Impossible Catwalk Shows

Simon Costin’s Impossible Catwalk Shows is now open at LCF’s Fashion Space Gallery. The exhibition features newly commissioned work by set designer Simon Costin. Renowned for his work with Tim Walker, Gareth Pugh and Alexander McQueen, the exhibition will question what catwalk shows could be if the possibilities were limitless.

In a series of model sets, Costin has chosen a myriad of real and imagined spaces to stage his fantastical and innovative presentation ideas: from a disused nuclear power station to a cardboard forest. Each fictitious show challenges current formalised ways of viewing garments; from searching for them amongst the branches of a baroque forest, to seeing deconstructed parts of a garment through giant lenses.

Visitors will be able to join tours of the exhibition and take part in hands-on workshops and masterclasses, as well as attend talks and discussions around the theme of set design. 

Fashion Matters silent auction – bidding now open!

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LCF’s annual Fashion Matters fundraising campaign has begun with a silent auction of money-cant-buy prizes. You can bid now on prizes such as:

  • Topshop Unique AW15 London Fashion Week catwalk show tickets
  • A supercar driving experience for two, driving Ferrari 360s and Abarth 500s, including an overnight stay
  • An exclusive studio tour of Paul Smith by Paul himself
  • The chance to go behind the scenes at a fashion shoot for ES magazine

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models walk on the catwalk for Topshop Unique AW14

Topshop Unique Fall Winter 2014, London Fashion Week. Image: Catwalking.com

All funds raised from Fashion Matters 2014 will be used to create student scholarships and bursaries. Thanks to the success of last year’s campaign LCF was able to support 29 scholarships, bursaries and awards for students joining in September of this year. This support is vital to the fashion industry, and you can help us raise funds by spreading the word as well as bidding on the auction.

LCF Patron HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO said “At a time when it is more costly than ever for students to continue on to higher education, particularly in London, it is so important that we look to raise the much-needed funds for student scholarships and bursaries, which will ensure that all talent, regardless of background, can be nurtured at LCF. Investment and funding in emerging talent is vital to the future of the UK fashion industry; therefore I hope you will join me in showing your support for both LCF and the next generation of fashion industry leaders.”

The campaign will culminate in a Gala dinner at The Savoy on Friday 10 October 2014 with 260 guests including designers, entrepreneurs and key fashion business leaders gathering for a unique evening to celebrate fashion and design talent. There will be a showcase of student work, as well as a performance by mezzo soprano Laura Wright, one of the biggest selling classical artists of the decade. The keynote speech will be given by Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry.

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LCF Alumna Camilla Elphick prepares collection for London Fashion Week

Camilla Elphick, BA Cordwainers Footwear: Design and Development, graduate shoe collection

Camilla Elphick, BA Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design and Innovation, graduate shoe collection

LCF News caught up with Camilla Elphick, alumna from LCF’s BA Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design and Innovation course, to discuss her SS15 collection which will be showcased at London Fashion Week.

LCF News: Tell us what your SS15 collection is about?…

Camilla Elphick: The collection “You got the Luck” is inspired by all things lucky. With mood-boosting shoes sure to bring you good fortune and happiness, the collection consists of twelve show-stopping styles in fun colours and prints for every occasion. Key pieces from the collection include the ‘Lucky 7′ high-heel sandal in red glitter, great for making an entrance. Another glamorous pair is ‘Gold Dust’, a red-carpet heel in gold-dusted material. Then there are the ‘Black Magic’ pointy flats, and the ‘Lucky Duckies’, which are perfect for poolside!

LCF News: Who would be the ideal wearer of your designs?

CE: A woman who wants her shoes to be fun, frivolous and to make a statement to any outfit. As for celebrities I would love Diane Kruger and Mira Duma to wear my shoes!

LCF News: How do you feel London as a city influenced you creatively?

CE: It was fantastic to study in London! I was born in London so I feel I know it well but having to go to different LCF locations for classes meant travelling around the city a lot which was great to discover new places. There is a great creative atmosphere in London, especially in East London – I now have an office in Shoreditch which is a very inspiring place to design!

LCF News: Why did you feel inspired to study BA Cordwainers Footwear: Design and Development?

CE: I have always had a passion for shoes and accessories. A great pair of shoes can make a simple outfit complete and can lift your mood too! I think people are definitely drawn towards statement accessories which is why I wanted to create my own designs.

Once I was set on studying in this subject area, I went to visit LCF on an open day. Whist looking around the college I met a very cool guy working on a pair of beautiful shoes, he told me how he also interned at Terry de Havilland. He assured me that this was the course for me – it was very inspiring and I haven’t looked back since!

LCF News: Who or what has inspired you creatively in your life?

CE: As an only child I quite often had to entertain myself so I was pretty creative! I used to draw, style, make, build, and paint anything I could get my hands on. However now I find inspiration in everything, a gallery visit, a headline in a magazine, something I’ve seen out and about and through lots of online research!

LCF News: What did you enjoy most about studying at LCF?

CE: I enjoyed the fact that the course was very specific and tailored towards a career in shoe design and fashion at the end of it! I loved that I was also able to intern with footwear designers throughout my time at LCF. This worked well alongside the course and helped me get my foot in the door after I graduated. There were also lots of industry projects and competitions which was exciting and broadened my perspective while studying.

LCF News: What is most important to you when designing?

CE: I think it’s most important to try and create something I would like to wear myself and most importantly a design that people would love to wear!

LCF News: What are your plans for the future?

CE: To build the brand and keep designing. I am now working on my Pre-fall 15 collection which I am really excited about.

LCF News: What advice would you give to someone wanting to study your course at LCF?

CE: If this is the course for you, do it! It is a very exciting career to get in to and this is really the best course in the world to study shoe design…maybe I am just biased!

Pigeons & Peacocks Issue 7: Out Now!

Cover image for Issue 7 P&P by Tussunee Roadjanarungtong

Cover image for Issue 7 P&P by Tussunee Roadjanarungtong; Editorial spread featured by Nadine Ijeware.

Pigeons & Peacocks: Issue 7 is here!

Inspired by the diversity and multiculturalism of LCF this issue, titled New Horizons, is the most far reaching yet and showcases the work of LCF staff, students and alumni across all seven continents. Designers, stylists, photographers, make up artists, academics, writers and illustrators each offer their dose of fashion inspiration from beyond London.

The issue also features interviews from model, dancer and campaigner Shaun Ross, rising music stars Jack Tyson Charles, Woman’s Hour and Rae Morris, designers Sophia Webster and Ryan Lo as well as designer and innovator Professor Helen Storey who discusses science, fashion and sustainability.

Pick up a copy of P&P Issue 7 at any LCF campus or at WH Smith and independent newsagents UK wide or order from the UAL e-store.

Introducing: Charlotte Knowles for Fashion Scout’s Graduate Showcase

Charlotte Knowles, BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology Womenswear,

Charlotte Knowles, BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology Womenswear – final project collection.

Charlotte Knowles, who this year graduated from BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear, has been selected for Fashion Scout’s Graduate Showcase for this season’s London Fashion Week.

We caught up with the young designer to find out what she has in store for SS15 and how she feels about being tipped for the top so soon after graduation.

LCF News: What’s your SS15 collection about?

Charlotte Knowles: I would sum it up as a mixture of toughness with casual femininity; a blend of contrasting textures and weights; light, sheer and flowing mixed with hard and structural; demure, soft colours combined with heavy, reflective metal. It’s about strength, physicality and independence; which was what I found inspiring about my research.

LCF News: And what was your inspiration?

CK: The collection was initially inspired by bicycle culture; but like any design project it evolved and changed along the way. Sporty silhouettes, style lines, prints and metal textiles were inspired by this avenue of research however I wanted to instil femininity and desirability that I felt it lacked. I incorporated lengthened silhouettes and flowing materials to elevate and juxtapose the collection to be more desirable and sexy.

LCF News: How do you feel to be included in Fashion Scout’s Graduate Showcase?

CK: Very excited and privileged. It’s such an amazing opportunity and I really appreciate the chance to showcase my work through a platform that holds such prestige.

LCF News: More generally, who or what has inspired you creatively in your life?

CK: The people closest to me have inspired and motivated me. My grandmother has always had an effortless, chic sense of style, which I feel has influenced my own design aesthetic. My dad has an incredibly imaginative, design-oriented mind and has always encouraged me to be creative; my mum is the most hard working, driven woman I know; she has instilled that motivation in me. It’s hard to pin point what exactly inspires someone, it can be a variety of things that spark the motivation to design something. I tend to find the potential of textures and surfaces inspiring and exciting, influencing textile design. Finding subtle shapes or silhouettes in research imagery and translating this into pattern cutting. I often look at sports/casual wear for inspiration. I like combining contrasting avenues of research.

LCF News: And what are your plans for the future?

CK: My plans for the future include starting my own brand, but that’s a long way in the future! Until then, in the near future I intend to take a year out interning in Paris then, the following year, to (hopefully) do an MA. I want to learn more about the industry and get professional experience through interning and hopefully I’ll get a design job somewhere where I can develop my skills further and find out what I want to achieve on my own. The course has helped me to grow a thicker skin and to really distinguish who I am as a designer and the sort of fashion I want to design. The University is reputable and has good links with industry, this always help in terms of finding a suitable and exciting job, post university.

LCF News: Thanks Charlotte! We’re really excited to see your SS15 collection at LFW.

Introducing: Luke Bullen & Jana Dahmen for Fashion Scout Graduate Showcase

LCF News caught up with BA14 graduate, Luke Bullen, as his collaboration with Jana Dahmen has recently been selected for the Fashion Scout Graduate Showcase. The two BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear alumni only graduated this year. Luke told us what to expect from the pair for London Fashion Week SS15.

Proof that amazing work can still be created on a budget, Luke used his passion for creative writing and illustration to create an innovative collection.

LCF News: Tell us what your SS15 collection is about…

Luke: My SS15 collection came from a long road of changes and different ideas. I like balancing contrasts and so I was playing with the idea of using cheap materials but using them in a way to make them look luxurious and also not having much of budget I hand painted all my illustrations onto the garments which where all telling different parts of a story I had written over the summer. So initially the collection was about creating garments around characters I had written about in a fable. Taking part in a lot different projects around LCF and being selected for the BA14 Runway Show further pulled my collection in a lot of different directions.

LCF News: How do you feel to be included in Fashion Scout’s Graduate Showcase?

Luke: I was and still am absolutely flabbergasted. I still can’t quite believe my collaboration partner and I were chosen. It’s such a great honour and most of all it’s just very moving to me that other people or someone else liked the collection enough or sees something in it. I’m very lucky.

LCF News: Why did you feel inspired to study Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear?

Luke: I come from a fine art background and was interested in learning about fashion but also wanted full creative freedom, so I decided to choose womenswear.

LCF News: Who or what has inspired you creatively in your life?

Luke: Anything and everything can trigger an emotion and idea or a story that I then try to capture in a piece. Before studying fashion, I only knew of a few fashion designers and one in particular, which was Alexander McQueen I was greatly impressed by. So much so, that after years of developing and exploring my own style, I think my own personal aesthetic still gravitates slightly towards a McQueen aesthetic.

LCF News: What is most important to you when designing?

Luke: This is hard to put into words – I usually illustrate more than actually designing as I like to create a developed person and personality and mood for the garment to tell a story. But when doing a design, the overall shape and proportion is the most important thing to me, to get an overview of what you want to develop or create. I try to not take it too seriously as it should be fun and that’s when sometimes the best ideas come to paper.

LCF News: Who would be the ideal wearer of your designs?

Luke: For my graduate collection it would be my slightly eccentric friends in London with a penchant for the dramatic. I designed the whole collection considering if it would be wearable, as I wanted the garments to have a life after graduation, in the wardrobes of my friends but as for the BA14 Runway Show, that was more of a show collection exploring further ideas and concepts.

LCF News: How do you feel London as a city has influenced you creatively?

Luke: I think greatly because whether consciously or not, you will feed from your environment and you are pushed and challenged by the standard and creativity of others and with London being the creative and cultural melting pot that it is, there is a lot to be inspired by.

LCF News: What are your plans for the future?

Luke: I don’t have any plans yet as such, I will try and apply for some jobs and take it from there. Whether I end up in fashion or not I will still always be doing my own projects on the side as I still have a lot I’d like to explore.

LCF News: What advice would you give to someone wanting to study your course at LCF?

Luke: Be passionate about what you do, be prepared to work extremely hard and most importantly don’t forget to have fun with what you’re doing.

Introducing: Min Wu, Fashion Scout’s One To Watch

Min Wu, MA Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear MA13

Min Wu, MA Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear MA13

LCF News caught up with MA Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear graduate (2013) and Fashion Scout’s One To Watch for London Fashion Week ss15, Min Wu.

LCF News: What was the highlight of your MA?

Min Wu: I really enjoyed the development. It was the nicest thing ever to look at something beautiful that was actually created by myself.

LCF News: What is it that inspires you?

MW: The small details in everyday life. Everything I met on the streets of London was so inspiring in itself.

LCF News: How did you feel when you were selected as Fashion Scout’s One To Watch?

MW: Being selected as Fashion Scout’s One To Watch is such an amazing opportunity for me, and it encouraged me to go forward with my designs, which are very important to me.

LCF News: What advice would you give to people looking to study your subject area?

MW: Don’t forget that you can always find something to learn from the people around you!

Abandoned Soviet Union spaces inspire LCF Alumna for beautiful debut book

Rebecca Litchfield, MA Fashion Photography

Rebecca Litchfield, MA Fashion Photography

LCF Alumna, Rebecca Litchfield who studied MA Fashion Photography (2012) has just released her debut book Soviet Ghosts.

The book, recently reviewed by Independent Radar magazine, focuses on the haunting allure of the ruins of the Soviet Union.

Inside, Rebecca captures abandoned locations which were either a part of the Soviet Union or within occupied satellite states during this period of history – including forgotten towns, factories, prisons, schools, hospitals, military complexes, asylums and death camps across former communist states.

Rebecca explained, “In 2012 I became fascinated with abandoned buildings, finding beauty in darkness, poetry in meaning in the forgotten and surreal, imaginary worlds amongst decay. Not many explorers travel to Russia, where the rules are very different, locations are heavily guarded and a strong military presence exists everywhere. My artworks breathes life into forgotten historical locations and revive the moments of lost moments in places tainted by the indigenous.”

Soviet Ghosts contains a breath-taking collection of images collated throughout her time in Russia, and so far the book has been getting great press, being mentioned in not only Independent Radar magazine, but also the Daily Mail, Huffington Post, Wired, Trend Hunter, Viral Nova, The Guardian and Shortlist, among others.

Rebecca added, “Studying MA Fashion Photography at LCF kept me motivated to better myself and constantly strive to become a better photographer. It helped to show me what being a photographer outside of a nine to five job was like and reminded me that there is a whole world of great opportunities out there.”

Rebecca encourages those hoping to follow in her footsteps to network as much as they can:

“Get your work seen by everyone and make sure what you show the world is your best work. Most of all be passionate about what you love to do, work as hard as you can, and plan your photos to be the best they can be.”

A cultural exchange between Helsinki and London makes for high style

Kerttuelina Clothes, photographed by Brandon Huang

Kerttuelina Clothes, photographed by Brandon Huang

A week of exciting cultural exchange culminated in a collaborative photo shoot organised by Aalto’s visiting MA students and LCF’s MA Fashion Photography and BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Menswear students, which was displayed at the LCF Lime Grove site

MA students from the School of Arts, Design and Architecture from Helsinki’s Aalto University were invited to visit LCF. A week of workshops aimed to explore and engage with intercultural and international identities in terms of fashion, image and visual language across the two capital cities.

Students were given the opportunity to attend exhibitions, presentations and networking events and also had time to attend cultural activities such as the Gaultier and Beyond exhibition at the Barbican Centre, and its sister exhibition Jean Paul Gaultier: Be My Guest at LCF’s Fashion Space Gallery.

The relationship between Aalto University and LCF is an ongoing exchange and students can look forward to further exciting collaborations in the future.

Sing Yu Chang clothing

Sing Yu Chang clothing

Sofia/Timo clothing, photography by  Man Fung Mak

Sofia/Timo clothing, photography by Man Fung Mak

LCF Alumna wins Emmy for Game of Thrones costume design

LCF alumna Michele Clapton received her second Emmy for her costume design work on hit television show Game of Thrones last week.

The Creative Arts Emmy Awards honor technical disciplines and behind-the-scenes crafts essential to television production, such as costume and hair styling.

Michele received this year’s Outstanding Costumes For A Series award for her work on the episode The Lion and The Rose at the Creative Arts Emmys. Michele previously won a costumes Emmy in 2012 for the second season of Game of Thrones.

Talking to the Oxford Mail, Michele said, “It’s amazing, it’s a great thing for the whole team. It’s a good spur on to the next series.”

 

 

Inside advice as LCF Careers hosts fashion networking day for new graduates

As part of the BA14 season, LCF Careers invited industry guests and students to meet one another at the BA14 Design Exhibition, allowing attendees to network and check out the work on show.

The event was a wonderful opportunity for students to network with some very exciting industry figures, some of which were also providing graduating students with mentoring sessions.

We took the opportunity to ask big industry names why they were keen to hire LCF graduates and for any top tips on getting hired after university. Here’s what they had to say…

Roxy Smith, ASOS

“LCF students and graduates are forward thinking, they think outside the box and are really innovative. I’d advise them to take any opportunity that comes along to break into the fashion industry and just go for it!”

Ann-Marie Crandley, Perry Ellis Europe

“LCF students and graduates are innovative and are not afraid to try something new and creative whilst also understanding the need to be commercial. We have taken on lots of interns from LCF and we work closely with LCF Careers. We get inundated with high quality applications!”

Laura Grangaud, Christian Dior

“Experience is key as it will open doors. Also, consider starting in retail and working your way up!

We also asked a few of our alumni in attendance how LCF gave them support after graduating…

Renée Lacroix , Alumni and Owner of Fashion Label ‘Antithesis’

“The networking events and opportunities for graduates are amazing. We also received great support from both LCF and UAL wide – from being promoted on the LCF Blog to receiving Seed funding from SEE for our fashion label”

Dave Shaw, Alumni and Marketing Manager at Company ‘Moss Bros’

“LCF supported us massively. Doing the placement year was key as we managed to get jobs straight away after graduating. LCF played a big part in helping us make connections which allowed us to take the next steps towards our career”

  • Photography: Nedim Nazerali

LCF student holds exhibition featuring garments from Vivienne Westwood

Teleica Kirkland, MA History  and Culture of Fashion

Teleica Kirkland, MA History and Culture of Fashion

Currently studying MA History and Culture of Fashion at LCF, the director of the Costume Institute of the African Diaspora (CIAD), Teleica Kirkland, this month presented CIAD’s inaugural exhibition in London.

Teleica is the Founder, Principle Researcher and Creative Director of the CIAD, which she established out of a passion for history, culture and costume. Her vision is for the company to be the main port of call for information regarding costume, dress and adornment history from around the African Diaspora through the creation of a research hub within this field.

Tartan: It’s journey through the African Diaspora runs until 30 August at Craft Central and is the CIAD’s first major project, telling the story of how tartan traveled around the world and influenced certain parts of Africa. The exhibition features garments from Vivienne Westwood and the Black Watch Museum.