The LCF Better Lives agenda encourages dialogue between staff, students and the wider community to develop an understanding and definition of what sustainability means, and how we can use fashion to shape lives, and discuss issues that affect the world and humankind.

Below we highlight some of the 2016 most successful projects and events.

Dress For Our Time appears at the UN in Geneva, Glastonbury

This year, Helen Storey’s Dress For Our Time project appeared at the UN in Geneva for the TEDxPlacesDesNations event, before being worn by UN Ambassador Rokia Traore, whilst performing her song for refugees on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury.At the end of August the Dress appeared at the Science Museum, as part of their Big Data season, where the it acted as a canvas for a digital interpretation and translation of the latest UNHCR refugee data.

Read more about it on the blog or visit the Dress For Our Time website.

Art Against Knives: Design+Make

This year we celebrated the second edition of our Design+Make collaboration with Art Against Knives – a programme designed to support young adults in creating their own positive futures, supported by the Sir John Cass Foundation. Ten young creatives aged 18‐24 from the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Newham spent two weeks in the workshops at Golden Lane, and with the guidance of our industry professionals and technicians, resulted in the students designing and making their own leather bag.

Design+Make Student work on display at the Ally Capellino store.

Design+Make Student work on display at the Ally Capellino store.

Read more about the project.

Cabinet Stories exhibition tours east London

Cabinet Stories is a collaboration between the Centre For Fashion Curation and the Social Responsibility team at LCF. The touring exhibition debuted at a London-based women’s prison and went on to appear at two more locations: the East London NHS Foundation Trust – a facility for patients with borderline personality disorders, and Silk Court home for the elderly in Bethnal Green before opening to the public.

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Read the full story on the blog.

Stella McCartney discussed sustainable luxury fashion at the Kering Award

Our annual Kering Award event gathered over 400 guests featuring, researchers, journalists, professionals from the fashion industry, and including Kering Chairman and CEO François-Henri Pinault and his wife actress Salma Hayek. In her talk with journalist Lucy Siegle, Stella McCartney addressed the issue of deforestation and sustainable sourcing of viscose, one of the most used fabrics in the world.

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Image: © 2016 Dave Benett

Read the full story on the blog.

UN Orange Label Project

The Orange Label Project was a collaboration between LCF and the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund). The project marked their 20th anniversary, and engages the issue of violence against women with new audiences, particularly young people, through a series of creative activities.

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Find out more on the blog.