Royal Patron HRH The Countess of Wessex visits the School of Design & Technology

LCF’s Royal Patron HRH The Countess of Wessex visited our Curtain Road and Golden Lane campuses this week, and spent time meeting staff and students from across a range of courses. The visit was part of her patronage of the college and aimed to introduce The Countess to the varied creative work produced here at LCF from the School of Design & Technology.

The Countess of Wessex at Curtain Road with Head of College, Professor Frances Corner OBE. Image credit: The Countess of Wessex

The Countess of Wessex at Curtain Road with Head of College, Professor Frances Corner OBE. Image credit: The Countess of Wessex. Image credit: Emmi Hyyppa

The Countess was welcomed to Curtain Road by Professor Frances Corner OBE, Head of London College of Fashion and Pro-Vice Chancellor of University of the Arts London, and Jose Teunisson, Dean of the School of Design & Technology. The tour began on the ground floor of Curtain Road with a visit to final year BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear students, who were working on their final collections.

The Countess took time to speak to each student, asking them about their work and commenting on how impressed she was with the designs that were on display. Commenting on student Abigail Garbett’s skirt design “I could see this in Topshop” as well as highlighting how the design by Andreas Bucher would totally echo the form of the body, “You should have my job!” quipped Course Tutor James Pegg.

The Countess of Wessex during her visit to London College of Fashion. Image credit: Hanna Puskarz

The Countess of Wessex during her visit to London College of Fashion. Image credit: Hanna Puskarz

Next, The Countess visited a technical garment construction workshop with students on the BA (Hons) Fashion Pattern Cutting course. The students, who are all in their first year, were constructing a half scale standard shirt in the session taught by Course Tutor Hilary Thomson.
The final visit at Curtain Road saw The Countess meet with first year BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Menswear students, who were working on a tailoring project. The Countess took a great interest asking each student about their work and future plans to work in the industry, with student Olivia Bloodworth-Howson commenting that she would love to launch her own brand, after understanding every element of designing and garment construction whilst on her course at LCF.

The next stage in the visit saw The Countess visit the LCF Golden Lane site, the home of Cordwainers at London College of Fashion, where she was greeted by John Lau, Associate Dean of the School of Design & Technology.

The first stop at Golden Lane was a demonstration of machinery by Footwear Lecturer Ian Goff, who showed The Countess how some of the specialist machinery is used to create footwear, including the back part of a shoe, as well as how to attach a heel. Next up was a visit to first year students on the BA (Hons) Cordwainers Fashion Bags & Accessories: Product course, who showed off their designs from a recent project looking at designing accessories for customers with disabilities. The Countess was impressed by the work on display commenting that the students ‘had really thought about the design and functionality of the consumer they were designing specifically for’.

The Countess of Wessex during her visit to LCF's Curtain Road. Image credit: Emmi Hyyppa

The Countess of Wessex during her visit to LCF’s Curtain Road. Image credit: Emmi Hyyppa

HRH was also given a demonstration of machinery by Specialist Technician Jenny Parker and visited students from MA Fashion Artefact and BA (Hons) Fashion Jewellery who showed their work using CAD/CAM technology and traditional casting and mould making. Second year BA (Hons) Fashion Jewellery student Anton Wiltshire gifted The Countess with one of his laser cut designs in a moulded wooden box. The Countess was delighted with her gift, saying “it goes with what I am wearing today!”

The tour concluded with a visit to students on the BA (Hons) Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design and Innovation. The students, all in their third year, were working on their final year footwear collections with Course Leader Sarah Day explaining that the students had just over a month left on the course. A selection of work was shown, with The Countess commenting on the high standard of work from students including Ally Thomson, whose fluffy pink court shoes impressed The Countess, as well as Kay Whitehouse, who discussed how she had considered comfort as well as design aesthetic in her final collection and Simone Platt, who was busy working on her fuchsia pink pony skin boots, of which the Countess commented ‘I’ll be back for a pair of those!’.

The Countess of Wessex with students and Professor Frances Corner OBE at London College of Fashion. Image credit: Hanna Puskarz

The Countess of Wessex with students and Professor Frances Corner OBE at London College of Fashion. Image credit: Hanna Puskarz

Finally, Footwear Tutor Nafi Mustafa showed The Countess how to use the leather splitting machine. The visit was a resounding success with staff and students being wowed by The Countess’ warmth and the genuine interest she took in all of the College’s activities from the School of Design & technology. HRH The Countess of Wessex was appointed Royal Patron of LCF in March 2013. During the patronage The Countess will support all aspects of LCF life including championing the college’s commitment to Better Lives where fashion is used to drive change, build a sustainable future and improve well-being. The visit to Curtain Road and Golden Lane campuses was the third time The Countess had visited LCF and she intends to visit each of the college’s six campuses during her patronage in order to understand and support the vast range of courses and talent at LCF.

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Fashion Design student Clair Napierski wins digital print competition

BA (Hons) Fashion Design (Part Time) student Clair Napierski has won the Silk Bureau Ltd’s annual Digital Textile Print competition beating 500 final year students nationwide.

Clair Napierski's final collection line up featuring her Silk Bureau winning print design

Clair Napierski’s final collection line up featuring her Silk Bureau winning print design

Silk Bureau Ltd is the UK’s leading digital fabric printing company and works closely with up and coming student designers to help them realise their creativity.  As a prize, Clair received £1000 and the opportunity to visit Silk Bureau Ltd for a day to learn about their digital printing techniques.

LCF News spoke to Clair about her designs, her final collection and future plans.

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BA Womenswear student Jake Treddenick wins BFC scholarship

Congratulations to BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology Womenswear student Jake Treddenick, who was announced as one of the winners of the inaugural BFC undergraduate scholarships earlier this month.

Funding is available from the BFC Education Foundation for students enrolled in their final year of study, on a full-time BA (Hons) degree in fashion. The aim of the scholarship is to promote excellence in design by financially supporting students who have the ability and potential to make an exceptional contribution to the fashion industry.

Jake was one of three winners. There had originally only been two awards planned but in recognition of his ‘exceptional talent’ the BFC decided to award Jake with an additional prize.

LCF News spoke to Jake to find out what the application process was like and what his plans for the future are.

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How did you go about applying for a BFC scholarship?

The opportunity was sent out by an LCF tutor and the first part of the application involved submitting an initial portfolio of around 25-30 pages with a personal statement. From there, I was selected to meet a well established panel to present my final collection and the ideas based around my work, both past and present. I found the process to be quite terrifying because I had to deal with such a prestigious institute – the British Fashion Council – but it was also one of the best experiences, both for personal and career aspirations. It was like having the ultimate fashion critique. The panel was the best thing about it for me and the feedback they gave was inspiring.

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Dressed in Pattern – A Charlotte Hodes exhibition

London College of Fashion’s Professor Charlotte Hodes, has launched her latest exhibition, Dressed in Pattern at London gallery jaggedart. The exhibition is the inaugural collaboration between Circus, a boutique management consultancy, and jaggedart and Professor Hodes held a talk at Circus to introduce her work and the exhibition.

Ceramic piece from the exhibition by Charlotte Hodes

Ceramic piece from the exhibition by Charlotte Hodes

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President of Indonesia attends Fenwick, British Council and LCF collaboration

Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia visited the Indonesian Fashion Forward Pop Up at Fenwick’s on Wednesday 20 April, during a state visit to Europe.  The President met with owner Mark Fenwick and viewed the showcase which was a result of a collaboration between British Council, Fenwick and LCF’s Centre for Fashion Enterprise.

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Five emerging fashion designers, Toton, Major Minor, Peggy Hartanto, By Velvet and Sean & Sheila, took part in pop up and two LCF BA (Hons) Fashion Visual Merchandising and Branding students designed the window displays in the iconic store.

Mark Fenwick of Fenwick with the President of Indonesia at Indonesia Fashion Forward, Bond Street.

Mark Fenwick of Fenwick with the President of Indonesia at Indonesia Fashion Forward, Bond Street.

Last week LCF News spoke to Aysen Asova about the experience and here we speak to the second student involved in the project, Elena Sanniti.

 

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What made you want to study BA (Hons) Fashion Visual Merchandising and Branding?

Before LCF I worked in hospitality at M&S, however I knew this was not what I wanted to do as a career. I felt I always had a creative side, and I wanted to do something within this field. I researched creative courses and chose the one I felt was the most interesting. I also wanted to get into visuals at M&S and used this as a stepping stone for something bigger during or once I had finished university.

You’re working with LCF, British Council and Indonesia Fashion Forward for the Fenwick department store. How did the collaboration come about, and what is happening?

My tutor received an email about this opportunity and let us know originally. Once we confirmed our interest, we were sent background and designers information. We visited Fenwick to meet with their Visual Merchandising manager, Angie Denness, to view the window and pop-up space.

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The winning design for the Fenwick Bond Street window installation.

What was the brief, and what did you end up creating?

The brief was to create a design for the window taking the 5 designers into consideration. There were no limits at this stage, so I produced a few ideas taking inspiration from Indonesian Architecture and the designers collections. I was not confident on any of the designs as I wanted some feedback to gain a better understanding on what they were looking for. However, they had already chosen my design in the end.

The concept development was for an Indonesian designer pop-up, did you include or research Indonesian elements for the store and exhibition?

Indonesian Architecture was the main influence and inspiration for my designs.

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Have you enjoyed the collaboration, have you worked on anything this scale before?

I have never worked on anything this scale before. I had produced design proposals for Canadian House windows when Tracy Nuels (a shoe designer) wanted us to create a display representing herself and her work. However, she ended up cancelling this sadly, so this is definitely the biggest project I’ve worked on so far.

You also work as a visual stylist for Marks and Spencer, what does that role entail?

The role was in-store based, I use to implement seasonal guidelines and window displays. We have to ensure that we are up to date on current trends to style mannequins. We also look at store layout and refer back to reports to see how much money each department or items are taking.

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