LCF Embroidery alumna showcases work at international show

Georgina Bellamy, BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles: Embroidery

Georgina Bellamy, BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles: Embroidery

LCF’s BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles: Embroidery alumna Georgina Bellamy has reached the final of the Knitting and Stitching Show, held at Alexandra Palace from 8 – 12 October. The globally recognised show is the largest, most highly regarded textiles and craft event in the UK, features a curated exhibition, where Georgina’s work will be displayed alongside other exhibitors from all over the world.

LCF News caught up with Georgina to find out more about her inspirations and design process:

LCF News: Tell us a little bit about your collection and style?

Georgina: The final collection was very much about me taking my embroidery skills and imagination and really playing with it. I work entirely by hand so I wanted a haute couture inspired look with a twist. I really enjoy using unexpected things and trying out random ideas and this project was all about that for me.

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LCF Alumna designs purchase bag for Shiseido

Anna Ross, BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear

Anna Ross, BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear

LCF Alumna Anna Ross, BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear (Part Time), has designed Shiseido’s Autumn gift purchase bag.

Anna was selected from a pool of talent as part of Shiseido’s continued dedication to supporting up-and-coming artists. Anna’s inspiration stems from a desire to venture into the undiscovered.

LCF student collaborates with Acer to design ‘Selfie Hat’

'Selfie Hat' Image: Acer Facebook

‘Selfie Hat’ Image: Acer Facebook

LCF student Christian Cowan-Sanluis, currently about to go into his second year studying BA Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear, has collaborated with Acer to create a ‘Selfie Hat’.

Christian, who recently showed his 30 piece SS15 collection during London Fashion Week, has gained a huge amount of publicity through his collaborative design and was described by Vice as “arguably the most talked-about thing in tech that doesn’t come with compulsory U2.”

The ‘Selfie Hat’ has also been a talking point for Nova FM, The Daily Mail, Design Boom, Times of India, Engadget and Cosmopolitan.

LCF launches new initiative to rehabilitate female offenders

Image: Crown Copyright

Image: Crown Copyright

An innovative collaboration between London College of Fashion (LCF) and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has been established at HMP Holloway, a female prison in London. The Fashion Training and Manufacture Unit is a social enterprise initiative aimed at providing skills and meaningful employment for serving and recently released offenders.

This exciting project, which has been set up to help female offenders turn their backs on a life of crime, fills a recognised skills gap within the London area. It aims to train and employ up to 20 female offenders on a regular basis within Holloway prison and support them on release to gain work placements and employment within the fashion manufacture sector in the UK.

Head of London College of Fashion, Professor Frances Corner OBE, said:

“After the recent success of our award winning project at HMP Send we are delighted to be working with HMP Holloway. As Head of London College of Fashion I have a long standing commitment to working with the National Offender Management Service and know that education is a key factor in the rehabilitation process and keeping people out of prison. Social enterprises such as ours give individuals a chance to become independent and contribute to society in a more positive way.”

Justice and Civil Liberties Minister Simon Hughes said:

“Putting in place the right services to meet the needs of female offenders is vital if we are to reduce reoffending and help them to lead law abiding lives.

“I want to see all women benefit from quality education and training in prison which will prepare them in the best way possible for eventual release and future employment opportunities.”

Currently there are around 150 fashion manufacturers based in and around London that employ 1500 machinists. Largely down to an aging workforce there is an annual shortfall of approximately 150 machinists, representing a significant skills gap. Not only will this project help to fill this gap but also to reduce reoffending rates. Offenders are less likely to reoffend if they have the skills and work experience to gain employment and generate an income to support their family on release.

The social enterprise aims to deliver a structured training module that sees participants studying for NVQ qualifications as well as work on commercial contracts which will be secured to generate income and to run the project on a sustainable basis.

The project, which has been generously supported by Sir John Cass’s Foundation, employs a Specialist Production Instructor and a Cutting Room Lecturer to train the female offenders and run the social enterprise.

LCF’s Sandy Black curates Visionary Knitwear exhibition

Image: Courtesy of Fashion and Textile museum PR department

Image: Courtesy of Fashion and Textile museum PR department

LCF’s Professor of Fashion and Textile Design and Technology, Sandy Black has curated the new exhibition Visionary Knitwear: New Directions at the Fashion and Textile Museum which forms part of the wider exhibition Knitwear: Chanel to Westwood a major retrospective celebrating inspirational knitwear design from the 20th century who have been educated in the UK

The exhibits will highlight the best of visionary knitwear, both on and off the catwalk, produced by designers who are influential throughout the fashion industry. The exhibition will also include work by LCF Alumnus Matthew Ghabriel who recently graduated from BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Menswear.

Knitwear: Chanel to Westwood runs from 19 September – 18 January

LCF Alumna and Online Editor of Wonderland tells us why London is top for creativity

Brooke McCord, PG Cert Lifestyle and Fashion Journalism

Brooke McCord, PG Cert Lifestyle and Fashion Journalism

Last year Brooke McCord graduated from PG Cert in Lifestyle & Fashion Journalism and is now Online Editor of Wonderland magazine. LCF News caught up with Brooke to tell us why she finds London an inspiring place to study, work and play.

Brooke came to London to take up her course and  immersed herself in the London fashion journalism industry. Straight out of the course she worked with Dazed throughout Womenswear AW14 before taking up her current role at Wonderland, and her passion for the industry and the city hasn’t abated.

LCF News: So what is it about London?

Brooke McCord: I’m from Wales and whilst I love it there, nowhere beats London when it comes to creativity. From exhibitions and shows to outdoor spaces, food markets and nightlife, there’s something you can be doing twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week and I find it hard to find anything more inspiring than that. Even if you just spend an afternoon sat in a coffee shop staring out the window, it has the potential to be the most exciting people-watching session you ever partake in.

A combination of what PG Cert Fashion and Lifestyle Journalism offered and her desire to move to London drew her to take up the course once she had finished her Geography degree.

Brooke: There were various reasons why I wanted to study at LCF, but the deciding factors were location, reputation and the course structure and leader. I was desperate to move to London – the way I saw it there was no other place better to study journalism.

She also credits her tutor, Glenn Waldron with being a big influencing factor in her choice:

The list of guest lecturers was very impressive and learning from someone with as much experience in the industry as course leader Glenn Waldron was another huge pull factor.

Having already undertaken work experience with Harpers Bazaar and Spindle Magazine, Brooke found that her course helped her getfurther into an industry she feels passionate about:

Whilst a lot of the lectures are classroom based, each project you undertake involves independent study that gradually immerses you into the industry. We also visited various exhibitions and the Time Out London office.

 

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.