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Fashion Revolution Day

Fashion Revolution
On 24 April 2013, 1,133 people were killed and over 2,500 were injured when the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. One year on, social and environmental catastrophes continue in our fashion supply chains. Fashion Revolution Day seeks to turn a spotlight on how our clothes are manufactured, encouraging consumers to ask where, how and by whom their outfits were made. UAL is supporting the day, which will see social media campaigns, fash mobs, catwalks, debates and demonstrations across London, as well as global events from Austria to Australia.


LCC have created a short animation explaining the initiative, background and how to take part, which is highlighted on the Fashion Revolution website and can be found on the UAL YouTube channel.

Meanwhile, students from London College of Fashion will be taking part in a demonstration on Oxford Street from 3-5pm, before creating a Fash Mob event on Carnaby Street at 5.30pm. See the full schedule on the Fashion Revolution site.

UAL staff have been speaking to the media, sharing their expertise on why Fashion Revolution Day is so vital. Renee Cuoco, from the Centre of Sustainable Fashion, spoke live on BBC London this morning, while the Centre’s Director Dilys Williams’s commentary piece appeared in the Metro today.

The  initiative’s social media campaign asks supporters to turn their clothes inside out, take a photo tagged #insideout and tweet @Fash_Rev and the clothing brand asking ‘Who Made Your Clothes?’ using #fashionrevolutionday. Follow the hashtag to see UAL staff and students taking part.

Read the Centre for Sustainable Fashion‘s blog about the Rana Plaza anniversary.

Follow the London events on UAL’s Instagram.

The tweet chat round-up: Why fashion matters to society

Yesterday a whole host of fashion thinkers joined @LCFLondon and Head of College Professor Frances Corner@FCorner – to discuss why fashion matters to society.

On the occasion of the launch of Frances’ new book, Why Fashion Matters, LCF are hosting three tweet chats to discover more about why fashion really does matter.

Tweet chat number two covered diverse ground again, with thoughts from designers, campaigners, bloggers, academics and students shedding light on the central question: Why does fashion matter to society?

Lots of conversation was generated around how our relationship with fashion reflects our relationships with one another and the problems society faces. Tweeters considered sustainability and waste…

…And also topics which touch upon the Fashion Revolution Day campaign; worker’s rights and our role as consumers and citizens:

Tweeters considered how a diverse society should be represented by diverse fashion images, and whether this was being achieved. This led to thoughts about London as a diverse place with a great range of fashion styles:

Conversations also centred on how fashion is making an impact on different communities across the world, how the fashion media is changing and what this says about our contemporary society, and what qualities a creative graduate should have to contribute to our society. Thank you to all of those who contributed to the conversation and made it so lively and revealing!

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Student Tribes Stake Out Territories in the V&A

Shakespeare's Tribes

Twelve first-year students from BA Performance Design and Practice will be at the V&A Museum next Friday, performing as part of the Shakespeare’s Tribes event.

The Central Saint Martins students, along with those from London College of Fashion, Edinburgh College of Art and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, have created tribes defined by specific dress, behaviour and performance codes.

Different groups will claim ‘territories’ within the museum. The public will then be able to follow this living exhibition from space to space, seeing how the tribes interact with each other and their environment.

The event takes place on Friday 2 May, from 12-9pm. Our Central Saint Martins ‘tribe’ will be performing for five hours in the space adjacent to the new Shakespeare exhibition, which the V&A is holding to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the Bard’s birth.

More information:
Shakespeare’s Tribes event
BA Performance Design and Practice

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One night only: LCF PROTEST14


Inspired by Fashion Revolution Day, London College of Fashion and the Centre for Sustainable Fashion are pleased to present the results of the PROTEST14 design project through the eyes of photographer Riccardo Raspa. Come and join in the debate and view these wonderful photographs on Thursday 24th April from 7pm.

No need to RSVP – this event is free!

Location: White Rabbit Studios, 71-473 The Arches, Dereham Place, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3HJ

Join in on Twitter  -


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Working for a fairer fashion industry after the Rana Plaza disaster

A new agreement after the Rana Plaza building collapse

A new agreement after the Rana Plaza building collapse

On the anniversary of the Rana Plaza Factory collapse, which caused the death of some 1130+ people and injured many more, a global campaign, Fashion Revolution Day, will ask for changes to the way we produce our clothes.

LCF News caught up with alumna Tatiana Delaney (MA History and Culture of Fashion 2013), who is working for The Bangladesh Accord Foundation, which is driving through essential legislation to help prevent the kinds of disasters the world witnessed on 24 April 2013.

In her role as Head of Account Management for the foundation, Tatiana explained what the Accord is about:

“The Accord on Fire and Building Safety is a ground-breaking, independent agreement designed to make all garment factories in Bangladesh safe workplaces.

It includes the largest program of independent safety inspections that has ever been undertaken by private organisations in global supply chains, and will make sure the results of these inspections are reported publicly and transparently.”

Brands and retailers who sign up to the accord make promises to commit to carrying out repairs that are necessary in the factories and ensuring that the workers are paid a salary. The agreement also emphasises worker participation through training programmes and health and safety committees.

So far 150 clothing businesses have signed the accord – a step forward in demanding a safer, fairer fashion industry!

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MA Documentary Film graduate nominated for Learning on Screen award

LCC alumnus Giulietta Verdon-Roe, who recently graduated from the MA Documentary Film course, has been nominated in the British Universities Film & Video Council‘s Learning on Screen Awards 2014.

These are the only UK awards celebrating and rewarding excellence in the use of moving image and related media in learning, teaching and research. Giulietta’s graduation film USIZI is nominated in the Student Production Postgraduate Documentary category.

USIZI follows young South African dancer Dane Hurst as he rehearses for a solo performance. “It’s not like you just step onto stage and do it. You have to work. You have to sweat,” Hurst explains.

The film explores both his passion and intense physical and mental dedication as he pushes his body to the limit. It also offers a glimpse into the deeply personal circumstances of Hurst’s cultural heritage that helped to forge his unerring vision.

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Still from USIZI, 2013.

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Still from USIZI, 2013.

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Still from USIZI, 2013.

Giulietta directed and edited the documentary, receiving a Distinction for her completed MA.

The award winners will be announced at the Learning on Screen Awards ceremony held at BFI Southbank on the evening of Thursday 24 April. The ceremony will also include a showcase of all nominated entries.

Read about MA Documentary Film

Read about the Learning on Screen Awards

Visit Giulietta Verdon-Roe’s website

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UCU Marking Boycott postponed

Message from Mark Crawley, UAL Dean of Students:

I posted a message on 14 April about the marking/assessment boycott being planned by UCU, the trades union for academic staff, to take effect from 28 April.  UCU have now advised that the boycott has been postponed until 6 May, while they consider a new pay offer that has been made as part of the national pay negotiations.  We hope that the dispute will be resolved and that the marking boycott will not go ahead.  We will keep you updated as soon as we have further information.


New employment opportunities for graduating students

This summer graduating UAL students can apply for a 12 week internship to help launch their career in the creative and cultural sector.

The Graduate Internship Programme, which is run by Student Enterprise and Employability will give 20 UAL graduates employability training, mentorship and a structured learning experience to help bridge the gap between achieving their degree and launching their career.  As well as this the internships are paid at least the London Living Wage in line with SEE’s commitment to improving fair access to creative internships. The internships will be advertised on Creative Opportunities in late May and early June and will be open to all students who are completing their BA or FdA in 2014 and those who completed a post-graduate course between September 2013 and April 2014. Applicants will be asked to submit their CV and cover letter for the role they are interested in and there will be an interview for shortlisted candidates. The selected graduates will begin their internships in July and will have the opportunity to take part in employability training to help them make the most of their internship.

The funding for the Graduate Internship Programme is provided by ArtsTemps. This is a match-funding scheme with the interns’ wages split equally between the employer and UAL in order to encourage high quality, paid and fair internships within the creative industries.

“SEE is very pleased to be building on the success of last year’s Graduate Internship Programme pilot by this year expanding the project, and opportunities, for UAL graduates, whilst also deepening this key relationship with employers in the creative and cultural sector.  This is an important programme for SEE and UAL, in order that we are recognised as sector leaders in the promotion of good practice in valuable (and paid) mentoring opportunities and experience.” Stephen Beddoe, Director, Student Enterprise and Employability.

Wimbledon Fine Art students win in Converse Wall of Clash battles 2014

Inspired by Converse’s colourful Wall of Clash installation, teams of art student finalists were invited to compete in colour, and paint London for the #SneakersClash battles.

Taking over one of three sets of walls across London, was Wimbledon College of Arts, Second year, BA Fine Art: Painting students Jessica Bryant and Beth Field. They were given free reign to paint close to Archway tube station and won their battle.

Wall of Clash. 2014.

Wall of Clash. 2014.

The ‘walls of clash‘ were judged for their originality, execution and use of colour. Furthermore, just to keep standards high they were also marked on professional logistics including team work, communication and planning.

The winning design from the WCA students Jessica Bryant and Beth Field involved a minimal design of colour dots with a close attention to complementary colours and an invitation to interact. The phosphorescent thermochromatic dots adapt to their surroundings, with colours changing to the touch and phosphorescence glowing as night draws in.

Jessica Bryant & Beth Field. Wall of Clash, 2014

Jessica Bryant & Beth Field. Wall of Clash, 2014.

We asked Jessica Bryant about the teams Wall of Clash experience, and here’s what she had to say:

‘The weekend was fantastic, it was really bright and sunny and converse provided us with all the materials and equipment to make sure we had a fun and reasonably simple weekend! We came up with a design that would allow passers by to interact with the wall by using thermochromic paint… our idea was to make a really bright simple design that may brighten up the local passers by’s day, and also allow some interaction to diminish the passivity and segregation that can occur with some public/street art and its surrounding residents.’

Wall of Clash, 2014.

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Jean Paul Gaultier visits London College of Fashion

Jean Paul Gaultier visits the Fashion Space Gallery Jean Paul Gaultier visits the Fashion Space Gallery Jean Paul Gaultier visits the Fashion Space Gallery

Jean Paul Gaultier made a guest appearance at LCF last week, just before the opening of an exhibition of the iconic designer’s graphic works.

The designer had a look around the exhibition, reflecting on the designs he had created for invitations and ad campaigns over the past  thirty years.

Gaultier added his own flourish to the exhibition by signing the Fashion Space Gallery‘s wall with a message for LCF and its students. A fitting addition to an exhibition which showcases decades of the designer’s signature vision!

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