It’s been a busy summer for London College of Fashion students with many of the industry based collaborative projects coming to fruition.

May saw LCF students celebrating the completion of an innovative educational collaboration with The Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery, King’s College London after LCF students teamed up with student nurses to come up with designs for the ‘Fashioning the Future Nurse’ project, designing a new uniform for nursing and midwifery students.

The project, generously supported by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, gave 44 second year students from the BA Fashion Design and Development degree at LCF a brief to develop new design proposals fit for the challenges and demands of the 21st century nurse and midwife.

Kings students modelling the LCF designed uniforms with Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Kings students modelling the LCF designs with Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Photo credit: Brian Russell

Student Pandora Howard-Griffin’s designs were chosen for production as they reflected a subtle and well-researched understanding of the ergonomic challenges facing men and women working in the nursing profession.

Her designs took centre stage at a memorial service at Westminster Abbey in May which celebrated the life and work of Florence Nightingale in the centennial year of her death. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate, Fellow and King’s alumnus, made an address to the congregation of 2000 nurses, midwives, students and health care professionals and met the students in their uniforms for tea.

Judy Fitzgerald, BA Fashion Design and Development programme leader at LCF said: “The brief allowed our students to explore broader design led thinking and opportunities to investigate emerging technologies as well as the complex demands of nursing and come up with innovative and practical solutions.”
Pandora Howard-Griffin, the winning student, commented: “Seeing my uniforms as part of the Westminster Abbey service to honour Florence Nightingale’s legacy was extremely exciting and a rewarding end to the entire process of this project.”

May also saw London College of Fashion students from the BA (Hons) Make Up and Prosthetics for performance course working with the Sir John Soane Museum to create a collection of wild and witty wigs, which were modelled and displayed at the Museum’s annual fund raising event, The Sarcophagus Party.

For 2010 the Museum’s education team used the Hogarthian theme as the springboard for a creative collaboration project, inviting London College of Fashion students to create extravagant eighteenth century-style wigs that were worn at the event in May.

Students modelling their wig creations at the Sir John Soane Museum. Photo credit: Nedim Nazerali

Students modelling their wig creations at the Sir John Soane Museum. Photo credit: Nedim Nazerali

It is the second year that the Museum and LCF have collaborated in this way. Last year, guided by the Museum’s education team, the students worked on a collection of masks reflecting the 2009 party’s Venetian theme. Last year, the student’s work was assessed by Vogue Editor Alexandra Shulman who came to the Soane to meet the students, discuss their work and nominate her favourite pieces for special recognition. The Museum was delighted that this year she gave up time from her busy schedule in April to come again to the Museum to meet this year’s crop of young designers.

Dr Jessica Bugg, Director of Programmes for Performance, London College of Fashion commented on the collaboration: “We are delighted to have collaborated with the Sir John Soane Museum for a second year in a row. This fantastic project gives our students the rare opportunity to work with an extremely important museum archive. The brief allowed the students a great deal of freedom to express their creativity and apply their considerable skills to this spectacular event and hope that their efforts will help towards fundraising for this iconic London landmark. Museums are the lifeblood of the student research process – through this project the students have been able to spend sustained amounts of time with the archive at Sir John Soane which represents an absolutely invaluable experience.”