Alexander McQueen illustration competition

Louise o'Keeffe, BA (Hons) Fashion Illustration 2013. View Louise's Showtime profile by clicking the image.

Louise o’Keeffe, BA (Hons) Fashion Illustration 2013. View Louise’s Showtime profile by clicking the image.

Calling all LCF undergraduate students! This is your chance to get involved in an amazing competition and product collaboration between LCF,the V&A Museum, Alexander McQueen, and participating colleges within UAL. This exciting competition will celebrate the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition at the V&A, recognising the continuing influence of Alexander McQueen on current and future fashion creatives and professionals.

To enter, students must create a drawing, inspired by an Alexander McQueen collection, moment, or specific outfit. 4-6 drawings will then be selected by a panel of judges and reproduced as open edition colour prints that will then be sold in the V&A shop online. The competition is open to all undergraduates from all courses, so don’t be shy to enter!

A final selection will be made by Claire Wilcox, LCF Chair in Fashion Curation and V&A Curator for Alexander McQueen exhibition, Annabelle Dodds, V&A Buyer for the Shop and Ligaya Salazar, Director of the Fashion Space Gallery at LCF.

The award to the winners will be £250 and professional and public exposure, as every submitted entry will be seen by V&A Curatorial and Commercial teams, Alexander McQueen creative and commercial teams, then sold in the V&A shop and viewed by all shop visitors. The student’s name will appear on the print.

The competition will be open until 1 December and you can find out more information by going to MyArts > Careers and Employability > LCF Careers > Competitions.

The winners will be notified at the end of December and the prints will be made in time for the exhibition opening on 14 March. They will be sold throughout the duration of the show.

  • We just can’t wait to see your work so Instagram us your preliminary sketches using the hashtag #AMQILLUSTRATED
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François-Henri Pinault announces new partnership between Kering and LCF

Francine Lacqua Editor-at-Large for Bloomberg Television,  François-Henri Pinault Chief Executive Officer of Kering and  Marie-Claire Daveu, Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of International Institutional Affairs at Kering. Photograph, Alex Maguire

Francine Lacqua Editor-at-Large for Bloomberg Television,
François-Henri Pinault Chief Executive Officer of Kering and
Marie-Claire Daveu, Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of International Institutional Affairs at Kering. Photograph, Alex Maguire

London College of Fashion’s RHS space was overflowing last night as students, press and industry came to watch François-Henri Pinault announce Kering’s five year partnership with LCF’s Centre for Sustainable Fashion. The partnership includes a talk each year, an annual Kering Award  for Sustainable Fashion, and a joint curriculum unit. More details will be circulated after the student briefing on Friday 31 October by My.LCF email and on MyArts.

Mr Pinault was joined by Marie-Claire Daveu, Kering’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Head of College Professor Frances Corner, and Professor Dilys Williams, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, for a panel chaired by Francine Lacqua Editor-at-Large for Bloomberg Television. Read the rest of this entry »

Last minute Halloween makeup ideas from the horrors at LCF

That’s right, Halloween is just around the corner and we know what it’s like – you should be excited but you’ve been so wrapped up and busy getting back into uni life that suddenly it’s a day before the big All Hallows Eve, all the good outfits are sold out, it’s too late to mail order and you’re stuck with a pair of fangs, some eyeliner and a ripped up sheet.

But fear not! Thanks to the wonders of Instagram, we have spotted some wonderful creativity coming out of our BA (Hons) Hair, Make-Up and Prosthetics for Performance course, just in time for Friday. We were so impressed with their ideas that we have enlisted their help to get us in the party mood and give us some much needed tips on using make-up to terrify and amaze our friends and fellow party-goers.

1. The half-dead



What with the clocks going back and the season change, we’re all feeling pretty wretched. With @muamayaman’s look you really can be pretty and wretched – a half and half skeleton face with incredible detail. The artist told us:

This one was a workshop creating a skull influenced by Billyb’s makeup in Lady Gaga’s music video “Born this way”. I used my aqua pallet and ‘carbon’ M•A•C eye shadow finishing off with Collection 2000′s liquid eyeliner to add the cracked detailing.”

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The Art of Dress, a fashion film

LCF alumnus, Gsus Lopez, has created a fashion film for LCF’s Art of Dress exhibition. The exhibition, which is currently touring five international cities of style, celebrates that iconic item, the dress.

LCF talent in the form of both alumni and academics are involved in every stage of the exhibition as it visits New York, Dubai, Shanghai, Florence and London.

Gsus’ Art of Dress film stars Holly Weston, Keira Duffy and Jose Wickert and features some of the incredible dresses from the exhibition. Keira, as the lady in waiting wears a dress from Casey Gan (BA Hons Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear 2012)  whilst Jose as footman wears both Alexis Housden‘s (BA Hons Fashion Design Technology: Menswear 2013) pink menswear and Harriet O’Connor’s dress. Holly as queen wear’s Rachel O’Mahoney‘s ‘Elizabeth’ dress.

Gsus graduated from part-time BA (Hons) Fashion Media this year and has since gone on to create a successful kickstarter project, the film OUT.

Kering and Centre for Sustainable Fashion announce five year partnership to support young talent at LCF

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The Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) at London College of Fashion (LCF) and Kering, the world leader in apparel and accessories, have announced a five-year partnership to support sustainable practices and innovation in the fashion industry. Engaging LCF students, as well as designers, teaching staff, researchers and industry experts, the partnership will play a key role as an incubator for new ways of thinking about sustainable fashion.

Kering and LCF share the belief that sustainability is instrumental to the fashion industry’s evolution. Both are also committed to nurturing young talents to fuel today’s fast-growing fashion industry.

The CSF and Kering partnership will be made up of three main projects:

  • The Kering Talks: each year, in October, visionaries and business leaders from the fashion industry will speak on the latest developments in the area of sustainable fashion, sharing new thinking and breakthroughs in best practice.
  • The Kering Award for Sustainable Fashion: on an annual basis, Kering brands and the CSF will launch a student “contest” which will focus on a specific and real-life industry challenges. Open to all third-year BA and Masters students across the following disciplines – fashion design, management, communications – the contest will require students to provide creative and achievable solutions to a project brief defined by Kering. Two winners will be awarded a monetary grant and an internship placement within Kering brands.
  • The co-development of academic modules for the sustainable design course: Kering and CSF, supported by a team of industry experts, researchers and academics, will share their business and academic expertise to create a full course module taught each year at LCF. The module will focus on the role sustainability must play today and provide them with knowledge and tools for their future professional life. This unprecedented initiative will also aim to develop a pioneering academic framework to explore sustainability in fashion, which could inspire other educational institutions in the future.

Professor Frances Corner said:

“We are absolutely delighted to be working with Kering, whose portfolio includes the world’s most respected luxury brands, on a five year partnership. Kering’s commitment to sustainability mirrors our own ethos of Better Lives – using fashion to transform lives and create a more sustainable future. Sustainability in business is no longer an adjunct; it has to be integral to a new way of working. By collaborating with Kering in three key areas, placing people and our environment at the heart of what would do, we can make real progress. Using our combined strengths as educators and business leaders, we are uniquely placed to come up with creative and transformative solutions. I look forward to seeing how our students, the fashion professionals of the future, respond to being matched with some of Kering’s biggest brands.”

François-Henri Pinault, Kering Chairman and CEO, comments:

“I am very proud to be inaugurating this partnership with London College of Fashion, which has a long history of leadership and commitment to sustainability, a value also integral to Kering’s strategy. Our shared vision on the importance of empowering young talent, combined with our industry knowledge, will encourage the next generation of fashion professionals to place sustainability at the heart of their future careers. Our collaboration will help make sustainable fashion a business reality.”

Follow the first Kering Talk given by François-Henri Pinault, Kering Chairman and CEO, on Twitter from 6pm tonight by using the hashtag #LCFxKering.

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Cosmetic Industry Day celebrates student placements

Cosmetic Science Industry Day

Cosmetic Science Industry Day

Last week, LCF’s MSc Cosmetic Science course ran an industry day for its students, celebrating the course’s ongoing relationships with industry contacts and its breadth of opportunities for student placements. The day gave students the chance to hear advice from LCF Alumni, now working at a number of different companies, and also gave the perfect platform on which to network and gain contacts of their own.

One of the industry professionals in attendance was LCF alumna Antonia Kenny who now works for Burberry. She explained that industry events such as these were so important for students because they give them the opportunity to gain new contacts and possibly work placements at the end of it. She also added how important she feels it is for companies to offer students work experience:

“Students have a lot more background knowledge and require less training than most applicants. They are also very willing to learn and Burberry offer students the opportunities to progress because of the extensive knowledge they already possess.”

Lizzie Burns, LCF Alumna from MSc Cosmetic Science and Product Technologist at Superdrug added:

“Getting work experience at a company allows students to put their learning into practice and see what it’s like in the real working world. It’s great for Superdrug to have work experience students from LCF because not only do they already have a broad understanding of the industry they can also give an outsiders’ perspective.”

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Inside set design with Simon Costin and Gary Card

Inside the Industry with Simon Costin and Gary Card

Inside the Industry with Simon Costin and Gary Card

Last week Inside the Industry welcomed two of set design’s biggest stars – Simon Costin and Gary Card. The designers were invited by Fashion Space Gallery’s Director Ligaya Salazar, as part of the events programme accompanying Simon Costin’s Impossible Catwalk Shows.

Simon opened by considering the art of set design and how he started out:

“There’s a thin line between presenting what’s in the collection and overpowering it.”

Simon started out by working with Gareth Pugh, assisting him when he was just out of college. As budgets were tight, Simon would have to come up with simple and effective set designs – one was a piece of material loosely pinned to the floor with a wind machine causing it to billow up. Simon said:

“It was a simple idea that was so effective – we had to teach the models how to ponystep down the catwalk.”

Next the pair got stuck into talking about their mutual passion. Here’s the lowdown:

What do you do on a shoot?

GC: “Stand next to the chaise longue and say it needs to be moved 2mm? I’ve never know what I should do!”

SC: “I generally look busy in the corner and wait to be called over! But really there is no rule book.”

How do you feel about taking down the sets after the event/show?

SC: “It’s very intense – it’s like a butterfly, it glitters for that moment and then it’s gone. I used to hate it at the end of the event – when all of the lights go up – as that’s when the magic goes. It’s all about the moment; it’s ephemeral.”

GC: “I find it very cathartic to throw it in the skip!”

What’s the hardest and most important lesson you’ve learnt from working in the industry?

GC: “Don’t turn up to the job drunk or stinking of booze!”

SC: “Creativity is a huge part of this job but building up client skills is really important. It’s important to recognise when someone might be out of their depth and to be able to manage them well – but this is something that comes over time. You can’t learn it all from a book.”

Mare Street hosts Advanced Style film screening as part of London Fields Free Film Festival

Students and local residents visit Mare Street site for London Fields Film Festival screening.

Students plus local residents visit Mare Street for Film Festival screening.

On Thursday 23rd October, our Mare Street doors opened to local E8 residents and LCF students to take part in the London Fields Free Film Festival, bringing together fashion and film.

The evening, which was a part of a week long film line up in the local area, showcased five fantastic shorts made by alumni from the MA Fashion Media Production and MA in Fashion Photography courses. After an interesting Q+A session with some of the young filmmakers, the evening concluded with a screening of the fashion documentary ‘Advanced Style’, which left the audience in both tears of laughter, and at times, sadness.

Once the pop-up cinema was packed out, the lights were turned off and proceedings began with our 5 student shorts. From documentary to experimental, the five short films dealt with a range of subjects related to fashion including identity, gender and mental health, showing that fashion is more than surface and can touch on many aspects of our lives and experience.

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Cocktails for LCF’s honey harvest


LCF students and staff were invited to Lime Grove to sample a selection of cocktails made with the honey harvested from our LCF Urban Bees at the John Princes Street and Lime Grove sites.

Bee keeping at LCF is part of the Better Lives campaign which aims to use fashion as a discipline to drive change and build a sustainable future. Placing a hive in an urban area has great benefits for both the residents and the bees. Without a healthy honeybee population pollinating our crops, our lives would change dramatically.

At the event the honey harvest cocktails went down a treat, with the honey from each site  having its own distinctive taste.

Fancy making your own honey cocktails? Here are three delicious recipes for the perfect autumn cocktail – alcoholic and non-alcoholic:

Wax Poetic

  • 2.25 oz. gin
  • 1 oz. honey syrup (one half honey to one half hot water)
  • 3/4 oz. still lemonade

Matti’s Apple crumble

  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 3 oz. freshly squeezed apple juice
  • Nutmeg
  • A dash of gingerbread syrup
  • 1 oz. honey syrup (one half honey to one half hot water)

Cranberry Cutie (Alcohol free!)

  • 3 oz. red cranberry juice
  • 3 oz. apple juice
  • 1 oz. honey syrup (one half honey to one half hot water)
  • Maraschino cherry for garnish


The LCF Fashion Honey will soon be available to buy through the e-store, with profits going back into sustainable projects at LCF. Including the bees in the Cordwainers Community Garden at Mare Street, LCF now have bee hives at four of the colleges six sites.

Student creates Kickstarter campaign to achieve ambitious exhibition

LCF MA Fashion Photography student Casey Mackenzie has launched a Kickstarter campaign to achieve her ambitious plans for an immersive photography and mixed media installation.

LCF News caught up with Casey to find out more about her work and the inspirations behind it.

LCF News: What’s the idea behind your project?

CM: The project stems from an assignment Paul Bevan (course leader, MA Fashion Photography) gave my class on ‘The Everyday and the Epic’. I started looking at the ubiquity of beautiful churches in Europe (I am from California) and relating them to my own spiritual journey- both have a measure of the everyday- the common- and the epic grandeur of the Almighty.

This started a flurry of research that played into my other projects and assignments for the course which I very much hope to turn into a PhD project. I find that religion, Christianity in particular, is strangely absent from contemporary artwork. My Christianity is the most important thing in my life and a natural thing for me to explore in my artwork so it seemed obvious to explore the space between between art and religion.

For my final MA project, I have been most inspired by Søren Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling which explores Abraham as the Father of Faith. To keep it brief, my project is about death. It is about how as Christians we are called to ‘die to self’.

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LCF workshop teaches students to make linen from flax

LCF recently collaborated with Cordwainers Community Garden to run a flax workshop, teaching students to break, scutch, heckle and spin flax to make linen thread to then be woven and knitted into a garment.

The LCF flax, grown at the Mare Street site, was combined with flax grown by multiple community groups, gardeners and primary schools as part of the ‘Seeds of Fashion‘ project to grow a garment within the M25.

It is hoped that by growing flax at LCF, students and staff will gain a greater appreciation of the work that goes into creating fabric and will lead to a re-valuing of the materials we use everyday. LCF plan to expand the initiative and grow the fibre crop again at multiple sites next year.

  • Find out more about growing fashion at LCF
  • Read more about Seeds of Fashion
  • To join in with growing your own fashion, email Rachel Clowes, Embroidery Technician:

LCF Alumni SquidLondon Launch Colour Changing Rainwear for Kids


Today LCF alumni Viviane Jaeger, BA (Hons) Product Design and Development for the Fashion Industries, and Emma-Jayne ParksBA (Hons) Cordwainers Fashion Bags and Accessories, founders of SquidLondon launched their first ever children’s rainwear collection; SquidKids, exclusively at Hamleys on Regent Street.

LCF popped down to the launch to check out the cute new designs, including colour changing dinosaur print raincoats and iconic London Bus wellies, and to catch up with Emma-Jayne and Viviane. They explained that they couldn’t wait to receive feedback from customers about the new collection and that SquidKids will soon be rolled out across the UK in selected stores and available online. They also told us that a percentage of all SquidKids sales will go toward “Shooting Star Chase” a wonderful hospice which cares for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions.

Over the last six years Squid has grown to be an international brand stocked in over 18 countries – from MoMA in New York to the Tate on the Southbank. We can’t wait to hear what the girls come up with next.