Graduate Spotlight: MA Footwear student Chengxu Tian

MA Footwear student Chengxu Tian created one of the most vibrant, colourful and innovative footwear collections of this postgraduate year. The Chinese-born designer used 3D layering techniques with rich colours to create dynamic and flamboyant materials. LCF News will be speaking to MA Footwear students for our Graduate Spotlight series ahead of LCFMA16 Exhibition, read Chengxu’s inspiration and postgraduate experience in the interview below

Where and what did you study prior to your MA at LCF?

I studied BA Fashion Accessory in China before I came to LCF to study MA Footwear.

What made you want to study MA Footwear?

My BA course explored bags, footwear and jewellery – this is where I found I was crazy about studying footwear. When you put in a lot of effort into something, you become passionate, it then becomes a very important part of your life, this was footwear for me. Once I decide to do something, I always make it perfect and never give up. I decided to study MA Footwear at LCF to improve my design ability.

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LCF Short Courses: Mo Helmi tells us about his experience on Introduction to Footwear Design

At LCF we offer the largest and most in-depth range of fashion short courses in the world – over 165 in fact. They cater for students of all ages and abilities with a passion for the subject and a desire to learn. From introductory courses giving students a taster of the industry, to more in-depth and intense vocational studying, we’ve got it covered.

We recently caught up with Mo Helmi who told us about his experience on the Introduction to Footwear Design short course. Mo, who now runs his own business tells us why he chose LCF, what he enjoyed most about the course, and how it helped him in his career.

Mo Helmi

Footwear designer Mo Helmi. Photo by Anders Birger

Why did you choose LCF’s Introduction to Footwear Design?
I studied fashion design originally before doing a degree in graphic design at LCC, so I was aware of the different colleges of UAL. I didn’t want to commit to a full time degree but wanted to learn the technical aspects of shoe design, so the short courses were a perfect option.

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Inside the Industry with Iconic catwalk photographer Niall McInerney

Our Inside The Industry event features one of the most recognised catwalk photographers, Niall McInerney, taking place this Thursday 4 February.

The evening will be hosted by MA Fashion Media Production course leader, Nilgin Yusuf, who recently released Fashion’s Front Line with Niall. The book documents nearly three decades of Niall’s runway and backstage photography, with commentary from Nilgin, who was a fashion journalist at the time for several of key publications. Read the rest of this entry »

Huge London College of Fashion presence at the first ever SHOWstudio Fashion Film Award

SHOWstudio recently announced all the nominations for their first ever Fashion Film Award, several London College of Fashion students and alumni have been nominated from multiple courses across the college.

Reality and Virtual, dir. Tian Chen

Reality and Virtual, directed by MA Fashion Photography student Tian Chen.

Nick Knight OBE, director of SHOWstudio, announced the brief for the inaugural awards in collaboration with QIC Global Real Estate. The Award is the latest step in Knight’s vision to develop the most innovative and creative fashion filmmakers out there.

The awards received applications from all over the world, stretching from New Zealand to Los Angeles, before SHOWstudio and co-founder Nick Knight selected their favourites for the nomination round. London College of Fashion is one of the most represented establishments, several students and alumni have been selected, most from MA backgrounds, exhibiting how enriching studying a postgraduate can be for creativity and innovation. Read the rest of this entry »

Get involved in #LCFGreenWeek 2016

This year’s Green Week runs from 8-12 February and we have an exciting schedule of all things green planned, for LCF students and staff to get involved in. From gardening to meditation – our sites at Curtain Road, Mare Street, Lime Grove, High Holborn and John Princes Street, will offer a range of activities throughout the week.


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