LCF in global top 10 of Business of Fashion’s education rankings

London College of Fashion has recently been ranked in the top ten institutions worldwide for fashion education in the Business of Fashion’s first global fashion school rankings, published this week.  With postgraduate (MA) claiming fourth position and undergraduate (BA) placed in eighth, this analysis provides each participating fashion institution with a unique score based on three indicators of quality – global influence, learning experience and long-term value.

LCF's Lime Grove knitwear studio

LCF’s Lime Grove knitwear studio

The publication of this report opened up interesting discussion around the importance of both creativity and business within creative subjects. Professor Frances Corner, Head of the London College of Fashion recently wrote for the Business of Fashion online about this:

 As educators for such a specialist subject, bringing together disciplines to mix creativity with business understanding is vital — for future generations of our students, and for our global economy.

Many LCF courses now incorporate business education as an integral part of the programme and one that comes hand-in-hand with the real-world application of the creative side of design.

With the number of creative start-ups and self-employment increasing year-on-year in the UK and almost fifty percent of our students wanting to set up their own business, it is evident that the entrepreneurial spirit is thriving.  It is also crucial therefore that our students are equipped with the skills to run a sustainable and successful business; a necessary empowerment of the creative sector where our graduates are armed with the business knowledge and acumen they need to hold their own purse-strings and continue developing their creative practice post-LCF, should that be the path they choose.

The new Business of Fashion annual education report will be an invaluable resource, bringing insight and sharing perspectives on the ever changing landscape of fashion education.

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Liberty London & LCF collaborate on window display

Liberty London has collaborated on a project with London College of Fashion BA Fashion Design and Development students to celebrate the Regent Street retailer’s ties with Japan and the Orient.

Arthur Lasenby Liberty was inspired to open a small shop on Regent Street in 1875 selling imported goods from the Far East, after visiting The London Exhibition of 1862, which showcased Japanese Arts and Crafts. It was a small store, but later grew to become the Liberty department store that we know today. Arthur made his name initially by importing silks from Japan to London at a time when all things Japanese were in vogue and at the height of the Aesthetic Movement.

To celebrate Liberty’s links with Japan, James Butler’s BA Fashion Design and Development second year cohort explored the department store’s interesting heritage rooted in the Orient as a project within their curriculum. They were asked to take existing fabrics and create an explosion of styles and ideas.

Within the brief, they were asked to come up with new and imaginative ways of using their fabric and products, with concepts aimed at a contemporary youth market. Students needed to explore traditional craft from both cultures mixed with modern and cutting edge technology.

Former International Preparation for Fashion student Felipe Hiroshi Reis Goto, was chosen as the most outstanding individual from the process, and his winning design was selected to be a part of their window displays for August.

Liberty’s founder wanted to ‘change the whole taste of fashion and decoration’, and used Eastern arts and crafts to educate Londoners. Liberty still flourishes under the same ethos today and Japan and its culture has continued to be an important design inspiration, as is evident in these student’s work.

Students also highly commended for their designs and techniques were Chloe Swinburne, Lin Li and Braidie Breseda.

LCF alumni Hana Cha launches first solo exhibition

LCF MA Fashion Design and Technology Womenswear alumni Hana Cha is launching her first solo exhibition in Korea as part of the Gallery H Young Artists Creative Contest.

Hana’s new collection ‘Dada meets Fashion’ investigates the aesthetic influence of twentieth century Dada artist Jean Arp, combining biomorphic effects with a renewed interest in arts and crafts.

LCF Alumni Hana Cha has  lauched her first solo exhibition in Korea - 'Dada Meets Fashion'

LCF Alumni Hana Cha has lauched her first solo exhibition in Korea – ‘Dada Meets Fashion’

Hana graduated from MA Fashion Design and Technology Womenswear in 2012.  Hana’s graduate collection was shown at the Victoria and Albert Museum, winning ‘Womenswear Collection of the Year’, as well as the 2013 London Fashion Week ‘Ones to Watch’ catwalk show.

Hana Cha, 'Dada Meets Fashion'

Hana Cha, ‘Dada Meets Fashion’

Hana is currently studying her PhD in Fashion Design at Hong-ik University, Seoul, Korea

View Hana’s MA graduate collection on her Showtime profile.

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Interview: Nadia Lee Cohen

Recently graduated from the London College of Fashion, MA Fashion photography student Nadia Lee Cohen has already received prestigious accolades, such as the Taylor Wessing prize at the National Portrait Gallery, for her bold, retro-inspired work. Based in London and LA, Nadia’s ongoing project ‘100 Naked Women’ has garnered plenty of attention from industry as she creates a series of  provocative, highly-stylized and surreal scenes focusing on the female form. LCF News caught up with her to find out more about it and what she plans to do next.

LCF Alumni Nadia Lee Cohen has created a surreal and provocative photographic series focusing on the female form in her ongoing project ‘100 Naked Women’.

What course did you study at LCF?

MA Fashion photography.

Why did you choose that course?

Honestly, I’d just finished the BA and wasn’t ready to go out into the real world of work and be an adult.

I wanted to keep my creative freedom for as long as possible, I loved my course director Paul Bevan as he completely understood me and my work and really helped me develop in the last year.

Why did you choose London College of Fashion, we hear fashion never inspired you into photography?

I chose London College of fashion years before I decided I wanted to be a photographer. It was just a cool place I’d heard of when I was at college so I thought I’d try it out.

I initially studied fashion portfolio and had no clue what field I wanted to get into. It was after BA that I discovered I could take a photo.

Who are your idols?

My parents, Divine, Stanley Kubrick, Tarantino.

Can you tell us a bit about your 100 Naked Women project? 

It’s a lengthy series I’m working on that consists of 100 portraits of naked women, it really is what it says on the tin. It’s taking me a long time to get through as I’m being such a perfectionist about the images. I want to be super proud of each one.

It will eventually be made into a book once I’m happy with the final 100.

You seem to spend a lot of time between London, Brighton and LA. Do different cities inspire you?

They do, I get bored if I’m static for too long. I think I want to live in Paris for a while next year, something about it makes me feel very at home.

Your work resembles retro Britain, but with Suburban utopia of empowered women. What made you develop this style?

It was never a conscious decision, its just my inspirations manifesting into images.

You’ve shoot short films with Amber Rose and Vice in the past. How does working on film differ from photography, will you be curating more films in the future?

I usually plan each image down to the most meticulous detail, so when planning a film it’s obviously hundreds of images to think about so it really takes it out of me.

I definitely will be making more films in the future, but there is still a beauty in a still image that I will always be drawn to.

We hear you’ve just been signed to the same agency as Martin Parr, how does that industry acknowledgement make you feel?

Very proud. I used to look at Martin’s work in the LCF library and I think I wrote about him in one of my sketchbooks, so to think my work is sitting alongside his at my agency is unreal.

What’s next for your future career?

I’m working on my book, a couple more little films and maybe if I move to Paris I’ll learn to speak French.

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Interview: LCF Fashion Photography Graduate Wins At La Jolla

MA Fashion Photography graduate Josh Brandao, is the winner of best Art Direction at La Jolla Fashion Film Festival 2015, San Diego, California, after being nominated ten times for his Silver Girl film. The film was directed by Josh Brandao and Nicolai Kornum, and was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and officially selected for the Chicago Fashion Film Festival 2015 and the Miami Fashion Film Festival 2015. Although the film isn’t released until this summer it was nominated for Best Art Direction, Costume Design and Music at the Chicago and Miami fashion film festival.

LCF News recently caught up with Josh to talk about his time at LCF, and about him breaking into the fashion film scene in America.

Silver Girl was nominated for 10 awards at the La Jolla fashion film awards 2015 in San Diego.

Silver Girl was nominated for 10 awards at the La Jolla fashion film awards 2015 in San Diego.

What course did you study at LCF?

MA Fashion Photography, 2012

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