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The Homeless Film Festival at LCC

homeless film festival

Between Tuesday 4 and Friday 14 November, London College of Communication will play host to an eclectic range of free film screenings as part of The Homeless Film Festival, returning to LCC for its second season.

The screenings are open to everyone but booking is essential.

The festival is dedicated to confronting and presenting homeless issues and screens high-end films from around the world, all of which have homeless issues as a central theme or are made by homeless creatives in a mixture of genres.

LCC BA (Hons) Film Practice Joint Course Leader Polly Nash works with festival organisers Dean Brocklehurst and Jamie Rhodes to coordinate LCC’s screenings, with many LCC students helping out on a voluntary basis.

Screenings //

there once was an island

Tuesday 4 November
There Once Was an Island
In this feature documentary, three people in a unique Pacific Island community face the first devastating effects of climate change, including a terrifying flood. Will they decide to stay with their island home or move to a new and unfamiliar land, leaving their culture and language behind forever?

fisher king

Friday 7 November
The Fisher King
A screening of Terry Gilliam’s classic ‘The Fisher King’, even more poignant after the tragic suicide of Robin Williams. A former radio DJ, suicidally despondent because of a terrible mistake he made, finds redemption in helping a deranged homeless man who was an unwitting victim of that mistake.


Monday 10 November
The Answer to Everything + Q&A
Rupert Jones and Emma Bernard skilfully mix performances from Streetwise Opera’s homeless and ex-homeless performers with a handful of professionals including renowned soprano Elizabeth Watts to create a rich and characterful 40-minute film. A member of Streetwise Opera will take questions from the audience after the screening.


Wednesday 12 November
In this Irish drama starring Colm Meaney and Colin Morgan, Fred lives a quiet, isolated life in his car, having lost all hope of improving his situation. That all changes when he forms an unlikely friendship with Cathal, a dope-smoking 21-year-old with a positive attitude, who becomes his ‘neighbour’.

the unloved

Friday 14 November
The Unloved + Q&A
British drama ‘The Unloved’ is the directorial debut by acclaimed actress and Homeless Film Festival patron Samantha Morton. Lucy is eleven years old. Having been neglected by her estranged mother and father, she is placed in a children’s home. Star Molly Windsor and producer Kate Ogborn will answer audience questions after the film.

View the full programme

Read about BA (Hons) Film Practice

Visit the Homeless Film Festival website

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Alexander McQueen illustration competition

Louise o'Keeffe, BA (Hons) Fashion Illustration 2013. View Louise's Showtime profile by clicking the image.

Louise o’Keeffe, BA (Hons) Fashion Illustration 2013. View Louise’s Showtime profile by clicking the image.

Calling all LCF undergraduate students! This is your chance to get involved in an amazing competition and product collaboration between LCF,the V&A Museum, Alexander McQueen, and participating colleges within UAL. This exciting competition will celebrate the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition at the V&A, recognising the continuing influence of Alexander McQueen on current and future fashion creatives and professionals.

To enter, students must create a drawing, inspired by an Alexander McQueen collection, moment, or specific outfit. 4-6 drawings will then be selected by a panel of judges and reproduced as open edition colour prints that will then be sold in the V&A shop online. The competition is open to all undergraduates from all courses, so don’t be shy to enter!

A final selection will be made by Claire Wilcox, LCF Chair in Fashion Curation and V&A Curator for Alexander McQueen exhibition, Annabelle Dodds, V&A Buyer for the Shop and Ligaya Salazar, Director of the Fashion Space Gallery at LCF.

The award to the winners will be £250 and professional and public exposure, as every submitted entry will be seen by V&A Curatorial and Commercial teams, Alexander McQueen creative and commercial teams, then sold in the V&A shop and viewed by all shop visitors. The student’s name will appear on the print.

The competition will be open until 1 December and you can find out more information by going to MyArts > Careers and Employability > LCF Careers > Competitions.

The winners will be notified at the end of December and the prints will be made in time for the exhibition opening on 14 March. They will be sold throughout the duration of the show.

  • We just can’t wait to see your work so Instagram us your preliminary sketches using the hashtag #AMQILLUSTRATED
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UAL technology survey – win an iPad Mini 3

iPad mini

CLTAD has created a survey to find out about UAL students’ digital practices. Your feedback will contribute to the development of UAL’s Technology Enhanced Learning strategy.

The survey is quick and painless – it takes about 5 minutes. Plus there’s a prize drawer for an iPad mini 3 and three £50 Amazon vouchers!

For a chance to win, complete the survey online now

François-Henri Pinault announces new partnership between Kering and LCF

Francine Lacqua Editor-at-Large for Bloomberg Television,  François-Henri Pinault Chief Executive Officer of Kering and  Marie-Claire Daveu, Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of International Institutional Affairs at Kering. Photograph, Alex Maguire

Francine Lacqua Editor-at-Large for Bloomberg Television,
François-Henri Pinault Chief Executive Officer of Kering and
Marie-Claire Daveu, Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of International Institutional Affairs at Kering. Photograph, Alex Maguire

London College of Fashion’s RHS space was overflowing last night as students, press and industry came to watch François-Henri Pinault announce Kering’s five year partnership with LCF’s Centre for Sustainable Fashion. The partnership includes a talk each year, an annual Kering Award  for Sustainable Fashion, and a joint curriculum unit. More details will be circulated after the student briefing on Friday 31 October by My.LCF email and on MyArts.

Mr Pinault was joined by Marie-Claire Daveu, Kering’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Head of College Professor Frances Corner, and Professor Dilys Williams, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, for a panel chaired by Francine Lacqua Editor-at-Large for Bloomberg Television.

Photograph: Alex Maguire

Photograph: Alex Maguire

The talk began with Mr Pinault and Professor Corner outlining their committment to sustainability, before the panel was each asked a question by Francine, then questions were taken from the students.

Mr Pinault and Ms Daveu outlined some of the steps Kering has taken to improve sustainability as a group and within its brands, such as Gucci’s zero-deforestation handbag, Volcom’s 100% organic cotton denim collection, their new Materials Innovation Lab in Northern Italy, a comprehensive library of sustainable materials and the Kering Environmental Profit and Loss Account, a tool which calculates the monetary value of any environmental damage caused along their supply chains.

François-Henri Pinault Chief Executive Officer of Kering, and Professor Frances Corner. Photograph: Alex Maguire.

François-Henri Pinault Chief Executive Officer of Kering, and Professor Frances Corner. Photograph: Alex Maguire.

Frances Corner was asked what role education can play in addressing the challenges of sustainability within the fashion industry, to which she replied that at Primary and Secondary School this is fundamental to our education then when we reach university it must not be forgotten. Cross-disciplinary collaboration was a key element of innovation – mixing chemists, designers, ecologists and creatives to truly experiment. Dilys Williams said that LCF’s Centre for Sustainable Fashion was well placed to partner with Kering on such an ambitious agenda as they have established ties with organisations around the world with a shared sense of urgency to use human creativity to transform practice and culture with style. She said that the curriculum element of the partnership was groundbreaking as it would create platforms which could be shared with the rest of the industry. Mr Pinault too, said that Kering were developing new working practices with they ‘will share with our competitors.’

L-R: Imran Ahmed, Sarah Mower, Suzy Menkes and guest, Jamie Bill. Photograph Alex Maguire

L-R: Imran Ahmed, Sarah Mower, Suzy Menkes and guest, Jamie Bill. Photograph Alex Maguire

When asked which of Kering’s brands would be involved in the project, Marie-Claire Daveu said that all of them would be involved in different ways, and it was useful to work with different sized companies on their approaches. She finished with:

‘I am proud to announce…that the winners each year of the Kering Award for Sustainable Fashion will receive an internship for two months at a Kering brand, which for this year will be Stella McCartney, and Alexander McQueen.’

The talk ended with Mr Pinault and Professor Corner signing the official contract for the five-year partnership.

To watch the film of the talk, click this image to visit LCF Replay

  • Read more about the partnership on Centre for Sustainable Fashion’s blog
  • If you missed the talk you can watch the whole film on LCF Replay 
  • There will be a student briefing today Friday 31 October, which is already fully booked, but the film of that and the student brief will be available on MyArts under ‘Careers and Employability > LCF Careers > Competitions’

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Last minute Halloween makeup ideas from the horrors at LCF

That’s right, Halloween is just around the corner and we know what it’s like – you should be excited but you’ve been so wrapped up and busy getting back into uni life that suddenly it’s a day before the big All Hallows Eve, all the good outfits are sold out, it’s too late to mail order and you’re stuck with a pair of fangs, some eyeliner and a ripped up sheet.

But fear not! Thanks to the wonders of Instagram, we have spotted some wonderful creativity coming out of our BA (Hons) Hair, Make-Up and Prosthetics for Performance course, just in time for Friday. We were so impressed with their ideas that we have enlisted their help to get us in the party mood and give us some much needed tips on using make-up to terrify and amaze our friends and fellow party-goers.

1. The half-dead



What with the clocks going back and the season change, we’re all feeling pretty wretched. With @muamayaman’s look you really can be pretty and wretched – a half and half skeleton face with incredible detail. The artist told us:

This one was a workshop creating a skull influenced by Billyb’s makeup in Lady Gaga’s music video “Born this way”. I used my aqua pallet and ‘carbon’ M•A•C eye shadow finishing off with Collection 2000′s liquid eyeliner to add the cracked detailing.”

2. Smiling through the pain



Another one from @muamayaman, it’s simple and horrifying and cute, all at the same time:

“This is Halloween inspired makeup on my sister. I’ve used Liquid latex, and my Derma greasepaint pallet, finished of with my M•A•C “Russian Red” lipstick.”

3. The full skull shocker



@tabithlimakeup has taken on the full skull, really working into the design to create shadowy crevices and puckered bones to set your teeth on edge – don’t creep up on anyone in the dark. Tabitha told us:

“The look is part of our enhancing and distorting a performer project. I used aqua colours for the general basic colours, shapes and shadows, and then I defined the lines using mac eye shadows and a felt line.”

4. The beautiful and the damned



Perhaps you’re more about creating something hauntingly beautiful? @hollynicoleish has some inspiration for you –  a creation with black lace, whited out face and bewitching eyelids:

“It was a fashion and editorial look using lace on the skin and a lace pattern over the lid.”

5. Zombie on ice



We don’t even know where to start with this one… it’s just so gruesome. If you want to really terrify, try the frozen zombie from @kessiaharthur ( who created this on one of our Short Courses - Special Effects Makeup for Film and TV tutored by Susanna Peretz. Chilling.

6. Straight up gore



@eddleteddlez ( got the gory look nailed – or rather, slashed –  with this one. A handy way to horror-up whatever you’re wearing on the night.

We’ll leave you with those images burning their way into your mind’s eye. Before the nightmares get to you, we’d love to see your Halloween creations so give us a fright on Instagram @lcflondon_ and Twitter @LCFLondon.

Happy Halloween fashion horrors!

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Fashion and the Senses Symposium 2015


The Fashion and the Senses symposium will be an international multi-disciplinary meeting and discussion forum for academics, practitioners, industry professionals and postgraduate students with a shared interest in fashion and the senses. This initial dialogue will inform ‘The International Conference on Fashion and the Senses’ taking place at London College of Fashion in 2016.

Sensation is fundamental to our experience of the world. Shaped by culture, gender, and class, the senses mediate between mind and the body, idea and object, self and environment.” (The Senses and Society).

Fashion too, sits at the boundary between the body and the external and social world. Drawing on fashion in its broadest sense, with cultural, design and brand marketing perspectives, the symposium presents opportunities to explore the heightened interest in sensorial research and practice. These perspectives within fashion research seldom merge, yet bringing together what are often quite distinct discourses encourages debate and cross-fertilisation of ideas. Guest speakers from the forefront of their disciplines, along with early career researchers have been invited to present their work and reflect upon this emerging field. With an emphasis on panel discussion, knowledge exchange and audience debate, the symposium aims to explore differences and convergences and suggest avenues for future research and collaboration in this area. Attendance at the symposium is open to all, although space is limited. Registration will open imminently.

Questions to be debated include:

  • What are the social, cultural and political dimensions of sensory engagement with fashion and dress?
  • How might multi-sensory research be used to reflect upon existing fashion theory?
  • Can making and thinking through the senses encourage critical thinking and innovative design?
  • How might sensory design be applied to solutions for problems such as sustainability, wellbeing and ethical production?
  • How are fashion brands using sensory dimensions to connect with consumers?
  • What are the opportunities, challenges and impact of multi-sensory environments?
  • What does the future look like for sensorial fashion spaces?
  • Are there innovative sensory methodologies that can be applied to the study and practice of fashion?
  • How might inter-disciplinary knowledge exchange in this field encourage future collaborations within and between the fashion academy and the fashion industry?

Speakers |


Professor Michael Bull – Professor of Sound Studies School of Media, Film and Music
University of Sussex, UK. Managing Editor of The Senses and Society Journal.


Professor Joanne B. Eicher – Regents Professor Emeritor Department of Design, Housing and Apparel, University of Minnesota, USA. Pioneer of the sensory approach in dress studies. Editor-in-Chief of Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion.


Professor Bertil Hulten – Professor of Marketing Department of Marketing
Linnaeus University, Sweden. Pioneer in the field of retail and sensory marketing research.


Professor Charles Spence – Professor of Experimental Psychology, Head of the Crossmodal research laboratory, Director of Graduate studies and Fellow of Somerville College, University of Oxford, UK. Pioneer of experiential psychology using multisensory approaches.

Dr Jenny Tillotson – Reader in Sensory Fashion
Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, UK. Pioneer of eScent® wearable scent technologies.

Dr Eugenie Shinkle – Reader in Photography Department of Photography and Film
University of Westminster, London, UK. Researcher in the field of fashion photography, affect and the senses.

Ninela Ivanova – PhD candidate
Design for Body & Material Research Centre Kingston University, UK. Researcher in design mechanisms intersecting fashion material, sensory experiences and the human body.

Important dates |

1st January 2015 – Early bird registration closes

23rd March 2015 – Registration closes

27th March 2015 – Symposium

Registration and fees |

— Industry £150
— Industry early bird £130
— Academic £120
— Academic early bird £100
— Non UAL student £35 (places limited)
— UAL staff and students no fee (places limited)

The registration fee covers documentation, coffee breaks, lunch and drinks reception.

For enquiries email Registration will open imminently. Review the blog for further updates on when registration opens.

Date and Venue |

27th March 2015 09.00-19.00

Rootstein Hopkins Space, London College of Fashion, 20 John Prince’s Street, London, W1G 0BJ.

Located in the heart of central London, at Oxford Circus (Central, Victoria and Piccadilly London underground lines).

Organising Chairs |

Bethan Alexander Graduate School, London College of Fashion, UAL, London, UK

Sara Chong Kwan Graduate School, London College of Fashion, UAL, London, UK

Organised by the London College of Fashion with the support of the LCF Research Office.

Get baking for Children in Need

Children in Need Bake Sale – 14 November
High Holborn Showroom, 10am – 3pm
Open to staff and students  


Get baking and help us raise money for Children in Need!

We will be running a cake stall in the Showroom at High Holborn, selling  home-made cakes and other yummy goodies for this worthy cause. There will be a tombola with prizes including £500 towards any UAL short course as well as goodies from Twining’s, Wetherspoons and Sainsbury’s.

If you would like to help out, donate a prize, bake a cake or just want more information, please email


Dr Corinne Silva, Post Doc Research Fellow at LCC included in Aesthetica’s The Next Generation

Dr Corinne Silva was awarded a PhD from London College of Communication this year and has since become a Post Doctoral Research Fellow and  has been included in Aesthetica’s The Next Generation: emerging photographers that are shaping the future of the image-based practice. Find out more about Corinne’s experience at LCC and her flourishing career.

  • Tell us what it means to you be included in Aesthetica’s The Next Generation

One of the intentions with my work is to rupture specific ways of looking, of reading photographs and reading landscape, so it feels like an acknowledgement of my contribution to  contemporary photographic discourse.

  • Where do you mostly work/research, in your studio/at LCC or in the library, if a library, which is your favourite?

I love the Stuart Hall Library at INIVA, it’s comfortable and homely, but just library-ish enough to create the right atmosphere for disciplined work. And they have such a great collection of exhibition catalogues and artist’s films.

I have a studio in Dalston, which I share with a friend and collaborator, artist and video editor Lara Garcia Reyne. We begin most days discussing our joint or individual projects. I also have ‘critical friendships’ with my peers at PARC (Photography and the Archive Research Centre) and UAL. This space to discuss and be challenged is so important, and it keeps me excited about my work. It’s hard to be a freelance artist working alone, trying to make things happen. Discussion and collaboration with peers keeps the energy going and reminds me how much fun it is.

  • Why did you choose to study your PhD at LCC? Was it a good experience?

LCC felt like the obvious choice given its reputation for photography, the impressive list of artists teaching there, and the vast experience and specific research interests of my supervisors. I went to an open day and had a really good discussion with Professor Angus Carlyle who was very enthusiastic about my project and helped me shape my research question.

I have always hated institutions – the buildings as much as the social structure. They make me want to flee immediately. But I have a completely different relationship with LCC. It has a good – slightly messy, slightly chaotic – energy. All the people I work with are so committed to what they do, and there is an academic rigor as well as an understanding of the value of practice as research.

The joy of being able to access such impressive practitioners and theorists at LCC and across UAL made my PhD a rich experience. Alongside my own research PARC-led events, I also collaborated with members of TrAIN (Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation), organising cross-disciplinary conferences and events around our shared research interests. These connections have endured and I am now part of a wider inter-disciplinary research community across the University.

  • What was the transition from PhD researcher to Research Fellow like?

As an artist doing a practice-based doctorate, completing my PhD didn’t draw a line under the work. All my individual photographic and video projects pivot around the same inquiries. One project always unfolds a new set of questions, which I then try and tackle in the next work. So while perhaps there wasn’t the same sense of satisfaction of completion, it has meant that there’s no rupture; with the support of the Fellowship I have simply carried on researching and producing.

I have been enormously lucky to have the continued support of Professor Val Williams and PARC. Through a partnership with two public space galleries and PARC, I’m now planning a solo show and publication of Garden State, work I made as part of my doctorate. I’m also developing an ambitious new art production and networking project, Rocks & Fortresses. Moving between art and academic spheres suits my research-based approach. This new work will be about making links between art and academic institutions, and presenting work through different platforms.

Journalism Guest Speaker Review // The VICE Vision of Journalism


VICE’s Bruno Bayley gave the second talk in this year’s LCC Journalism Guest Speaker series. Image © Diana Tleuliyeva

On Tuesday 21 October, LCC welcomed Bruno Bayley, European Managing Editor of VICE for the second lecture in the Journalism Guest Speaker series. Third-year BA (Hons) Journalism student Diana Tleuliyeva reports.

Bayley’s lecture on the VICE vision of journalism was hotly anticipated by many – the audience ranged from UAL to City University and even Bristol University students. Everyone was intrigued to get an insight into the most provocative magazine in the country.

Since the time of its establishment in the UK in 2002, VICE magazine has undergone a lot of changes. It’s gone from being a magazine “hated for its humour” to being innovative in the way news and pop culture is covered.

“A part of my job is to make the magazine better without making it a different magazine. So, it’s about balancing, keeping that tone and the things people liked about it but actually improving the quality of it: better writers, better photographers,” said Bayley.

Bayley believes the video content on VICE has helped massively to change people’s perceptions about the magazine. A recent documentary about the Islamic State is one example.

“When I started working at VICE, there were only a few serious articles, but now we have documentaries and even a news channel. A lot of people will be surprised how VICE has changed.”


A packed Main Lecture Theatre for Bayley’s talk. Image © Diana Tleuliyeva

VICE is known for championing the “immersionist” school of journalism and Bayley stressed this throughout the lecture: “I’d rather commission a story when someone says ‘I’m going to go to this place and do this’ rather than pieces written from a removed situation. Be immersive as much as possible.”

So, how do you get a job at a publication like VICE? Bayley recommends being proactive and useful in the workplace and doing as much work as possible.

“A lot of the journalists were interns who did well and then became regular contributors, usually progressing from the online version and then writing longer features for the magazine.”

Internships are advertised online throughout the year, giving opportunities to work for one of ten channels. Bayley himself started by writing reviews and conducting vox-pops for VICE in 2007.

Good engaging ideas are a part of the magazine’s DNA. Bayley explained: “We like to cover things that either other people haven’t covered hugely, that people wouldn’t read about elsewhere, or cover a story in a slightly different way.”

Many still accuse VICE of being too biased in comparison to the mainstream media. Obviously, objectivity is the goal of any serious publication and VICE is not an exception:

“We try to be unbiased. For example, in the Syria issue, we had an article written from Syria by pro-regime and rebel people. It’s a good example to show that we try to be as representative as possible, showing different sides.”

Founded as a fanzine in Montreal in 1994, VICE now distributes a free monthly magazine in multiple languages in 29 countries. Its ten vertical content channels cover various topics from food to technology.

In 20 years, VICE has become a global success, engaging millions of young people across the world.

Words by Diana Tleuliyeva

View the full Journalism Guest Speaker series

Read a review of ‘BBC News and the Digital Future

Read about BA (Hons) Journalism


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The Art of Dress, a fashion film

LCF alumnus, Gsus Lopez, has created a fashion film for LCF’s Art of Dress exhibition. The exhibition, which is currently touring five international cities of style, celebrates that iconic item, the dress.

LCF talent in the form of both alumni and academics are involved in every stage of the exhibition as it visits New York, Dubai, Shanghai, Florence and London.

Gsus’ Art of Dress film stars Holly Weston, Keira Duffy and Jose Wickert and features some of the incredible dresses from the exhibition. Keira, as the lady in waiting wears a dress from Casey Gan (BA Hons Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear 2012)  whilst Jose as footman wears both Alexis Housden‘s (BA Hons Fashion Design Technology: Menswear 2013) pink menswear and Harriet O’Connor’s dress. Holly as queen wear’s Rachel O’Mahoney‘s ‘Elizabeth’ dress.

Gsus graduated from part-time BA (Hons) Fashion Media this year and has since gone on to create a successful kickstarter project, the film OUT.

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