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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.

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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Inside set design with Simon Costin and Gary Card

Inside the Industry with Simon Costin and Gary Card

Inside the Industry with Simon Costin and Gary Card

Last week Inside the Industry welcomed two of set design’s biggest stars – Simon Costin and Gary Card. The designers were invited by Fashion Space Gallery’s Director Ligaya Salazar, as part of the events programme accompanying Simon Costin’s Impossible Catwalk Shows.

Simon opened by considering the art of set design and how he started out:

“There’s a thin line between presenting what’s in the collection and overpowering it.”

Simon started out by working with Gareth Pugh, assisting him when he was just out of college. As budgets were tight, Simon would have to come up with simple and effective set designs – one was a piece of material loosely pinned to the floor with a wind machine causing it to billow up. Simon said:

“It was a simple idea that was so effective – we had to teach the models how to ponystep down the catwalk.”

Next the pair got stuck into talking about their mutual passion. Here’s the lowdown:

What do you do on a shoot?

GC: “Stand next to the chaise longue and say it needs to be moved 2mm? I’ve never know what I should do!”

SC: “I generally look busy in the corner and wait to be called over! But really there is no rule book.”

How do you feel about taking down the sets after the event/show?

SC: “It’s very intense – it’s like a butterfly, it glitters for that moment and then it’s gone. I used to hate it at the end of the event – when all of the lights go up – as that’s when the magic goes. It’s all about the moment; it’s ephemeral.”

GC: “I find it very cathartic to throw it in the skip!”

What’s the hardest and most important lesson you’ve learnt from working in the industry?

GC: “Don’t turn up to the job drunk or stinking of booze!”

SC: “Creativity is a huge part of this job but building up client skills is really important. It’s important to recognise when someone might be out of their depth and to be able to manage them well – but this is something that comes over time. You can’t learn it all from a book.”

Inside the Industry with Simon Costin and Gary Card Inside the Industry with Simon Costin and Gary Card Inside the Industry with Simon Costin and Gary Card

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Mare Street hosts Advanced Style film screening as part of London Fields Free Film Festival

Students and local residents visit Mare Street site for London Fields Film Festival screening.

Students plus local residents visit Mare Street for Film Festival screening.

On Thursday 23rd October, our Mare Street doors opened to local E8 residents and LCF students to take part in the London Fields Free Film Festival, bringing together fashion and film.

The evening, which was a part of a week long film line up in the local area, showcased five fantastic shorts made by alumni from the MA Fashion Media Production and MA in Fashion Photography courses. After an interesting Q+A session with some of the young filmmakers, the evening concluded with a screening of the fashion documentary ‘Advanced Style’, which left the audience in both tears of laughter, and at times, sadness.

Once the pop-up cinema was packed out, the lights were turned off and proceedings began with our 5 student shorts. From documentary to experimental, the five short films dealt with a range of subjects related to fashion including identity, gender and mental health, showing that fashion is more than surface and can touch on many aspects of our lives and experience.

Question & Answer session with our 3 student filmmakers.

Question & Answer session with our 3 student filmmakers.

Below you can watch one of the fashion film shorts shown at the event, Rose in London (2012), a style portrait by LCF Alumna Saskia Reis of transgender performing artist Rose, who lives and works in Soho, London.

Nilgin Yusuf, Graduate School Programme Director in Media and Communications at London College of Fashion said:

“This video portrait features Rose, a transgender performance artist in Soho and is one of the many video portraits made by the filmmaker for her streetstyle blog THE LOVESTREET. Intimacy and authenticity characterise the filmmaking technique that attempts to penetrate the mask and reveal something of the individual beneath the construct and costume.”

Other students films shown include Josh Brandão & his international award winning film Blackened Wings (2014), plus our three LCF Alumas who gave up their free time to come to answer audience questions. You can find links to their films below;

Tereza Bila
The Act Of Time (2013)

Karoliina Barlund
As I Was Someone’s Shadow Side (2013)

Larissa De Filippo/Harun Güler
All Eyes On Me – Transgender Identity Through Photography (2014)

The main film screening of the event, Advanced Style, is a documentary that shows the lives of seven unique New Yorkers whose eclectic style and vital spirit have guided their approach to ageing. Based on Ari Seth Cohen’s famed blog of the same name, the film paints intimate and colorful portraits of independent stylish women aged 62 to 95 who are challenging conventional ideas about beauty, ageing and Western culture’s increasing obsession with youth.

LCF are delighted to have taken part in the London Fields Film Festival, bringing together two creative industries through student talent and LCF’s mission to create Better Lives through fashion.

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Fashioning Professionals Symposium

Gaby Schreiber



Research Department, Victoria and Albert Museum, London 27 March 2015

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Agnès Rocamora

The labour market is increasingly made up of those working in the creative professions of fashion, art, design and advertising, but what does it mean to be defined and represented as a ‘creative professional’? From artist to curator; couturier to fashion intern; designer to art director; architect to design student; stylist to blogger; these professional identities can be viewed as social practices, enacted and performed through media, which includes the fashion press, lifestyle magazines, daily news, television, film, and the internet. Here social, cultural and professional identities are co-constructed. These professions and their professionals are both products of, and productive in meanings and values that inform our understanding and knowledge of culture, in both the past and present. They also vary in their representation according to different levels of expertise and career status.

Focusing on the representation of cultural and creative professions, Fashioning Professionals asks the following questions: How have photography and media worked to define and represent creative labour in particular ways? How have individuals represented and defined themselves as professionals in different fields of culture? How do different aspects of cultural identity, such as gender, class and ethnicity, inform these representations? How do different methodologies and disciplinary approaches enrich the study of cultural and creative professions? How can histories and theories of fashion and design contribute to a wider reading and understanding of the professions?

We welcome papers from a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives that respond to and reflect upon these questions in relation to the following cultural sectors and their professions:

  • Art
  • Fashion
  • Advertising
  • Design
  • Architecture

Proposals: If you wish to present a paper, please submit a 250 word abstract in Word format to

Abstracts are to include the following information:

  • Author(s)
  • Affiliation(s)
  • Email Address(es)
  • Title of Abstract
  • Body of Abstract

Deadline for Submissions: Monday 5 January 2015
Acceptance Confirmation: Monday 26 January 2015

Please note that there will be a £10 fee for attending the symposium, which will cover lunch, tea and coffees. Registration for the symposium will open in February 2015.

Apply for the next UAL Showroom exhibition


To run in conjunction with London Fashion Week and UAL Green Week, the UAL Showroom will present an exhibition of work that is a Voice for Change. Submissions should creatively challenge the status quo through foregrounding environmental and social equity within fashion. Selected work will be exhibited from January – March 2015.

We are looking for UAL students and alumni to feature in the exhibition:

Work exhibited can include:

  • Design concepts, collections and services based on principles of sustainability applied to fashion or beauty, and fashion accessories (menswear, womenswear, bags, hats, jewellery, footwear, cosmetics etc).
  • Fashion photography or illustration with a demonstrable ethic in terms ofenvironmental and / or social sustainability or story relating to this subject matter.
  • Presentation of a social enterprise operating within fashion and its communities.
  • All submissions must clearly demonstrate your ambition, methods and process undertaken
  • Visually arresting and thought provoking pieces informed by sustainability imperatives

To apply to be part of this exhibition please download the application form below:

The Creative Outlet


20 Oct – 23 Dec 2014
09:00 to 20:00

The Creative Outlet is an annual showcase of exciting emerging and established talent, selling unique seasonal gift ideas – ranging from innovative jewellery design to contemporary interior products.

The original works on display – designed and produced by University of the Arts London students and alumni – can all be bought directly from the exhibitors, through their online shops, and at our festive pop-up shop on 4 December, where you can meet the artists and designers, and buy their work in person.

Exhibitors: Alex Burgess, Amanda Tong, Anshu Hu, Augusta Akerman, Camilla Brueton, Celia Dowson, Charlotte Day, David Bennett, Edyta Slabonska, Emi Dixon, Emily Carter, Emma Alington, Evdokia Savva, Finchittida Finch, Gaurab Thakali, Jungeun Han, Kolin and William, Nao Creative, Observatory Place, Reiko Kaneko, Richard McDonald, Rob Halhead-Baker, Robbie Porter, Rolfe&Wills, Sarah ‘Kenikie’ Palmer, Soo Kim, Sylvia Moritz and YU Square.

Inside the Industry: Imran Amed of the Business of Fashion in conversation with Frances Corner

Inside the Industry with Imran Amed at LCF Inside the Industry with Imran Amed at LCF Inside the Industry with Imran Amed at LCF

Discussing all things creative and commercial, Business of Fashion website founder and editor Imran Amed set LCF’s 2014 Inside the Industry series off with an insightful and savvy start this week.

Since its inception in 2007 as a blog updated from Amed’s sofa, the Business of Fashion (BoF) has become an indispensible daily resource for fashion designers, executives, entrepreneurs and of course switched-on students worldwide.

As a self-proclaimed “fashion outsider” who had spent most of his career in the corporate world of management consultancy, Amed explained he wanted to see beyond the glamour, celebrity and flash bulb realm of fashion:

“That is obviously part of the industry but behind all of that is this magic. I was trying to understand how that magic happened and to show the more serious side of fashion.”

It’s this objective approach that has encouraged critics to not only take BoF seriously as a legitimate source but also the entire fashion industry as a global influencer -

“What BoF has done is provide a new dialogue around what the fashion industry is: how it can be improved, what its merits and demerits are, why it’s interesting and why it’s a contributor to popular culture.”

For an industry often considered trivial and superficial, it was motivating to hear someone with a healthy distance still value the driving force fashion is in society, from the economy to technology. Amed touched upon the excitement over the Apple watch at last month’s fashion shows, for example.

But for all its influence, he spoke as frankly in person about the industry’s failings as BoF. Amed answered students’ questions covering topics from intellectual property (“if creativity is the lifeblood of the industry then as an industry we must strive to protect ideas”) to underpaid internships (“I hope over time there’ll be more balance over how the profits of the fashion industry are shared”) to sweatshop labour (“just think about what it takes for a company to be able to sell a bag for £5, who has been rewarded along the way?”)

Hearing his points from a business as well as cultural perspective was particularly interesting. For budding fashion entrepreneurs, perceptive advice about appealing to consumers and “pro-sumers” (professional consumers taking an active role through social media and brand awareness) in the 21st century was gold dust.

“There’s still aspiration in fashion image but there’s a lot of inspiration in brands that are growing and developing online now. Inspiring people to be interested in your brand, to take part in your brand and to have a conversation about your brand is a much more powerful way of engaging people.”

Amed also took a considered approach to the current, unsustainable speed of design turnover. Reminding us “newness is what drives conversation but predictability, stability, experience, foundation is what drives the business of fashion”. In other words, designers don’t be overwhelmed! Find your own signature Chanel 2.55 bag, Burberry trench or Furstenberg wrap dress!

With BoF’s worldwide outreach, it was interesting to hear Amed’s view of the industry on a global scale. While he believes the four major fashion capitals will remain key, we should “do away with fashion nationalism”. He encouraged us to think of the global fashion centres as “global fashion platforms” rather than rigid representatives of that country’s own fashion tradition.

It’s a good point considering so many buyers and editors were apparently underwhelmed with last season’s collections. “If we looked for creativity beyond our own borders maybe we could make things a bit more exciting and make it justifiable to spend all that money and time travelling round.” Amed’s emerging market to watch out for is Africa and advice to expanding businesses is to always remain respectful of local cultures and traditions.

Of course the ultimate question was: what advice could he give anyone wanting to enter and be successful within fashion? A novice less than a decade ago, Amed has learnt everything he knows along the way and finished with a few simple guidelines. Keep your integrity and professionalism as a business and individual, designers wanting to make a success of their brands should understand the business basics too, find your USP and most of all remain passionate. “You have to care about this industry to be successful in it.”

From someone who’s built an award-winning resource up from mere “passion project”, there are few who’d know better.

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MA Fashion Journalism students launch #NOFILTER magazine

The newly launched #NOFILTER magazine Inside #NOFILTER magazine Inside #NOFILTER magazine

A group of students from the MA Fashion Journalism course have launched #NOFILTER magazine, a publication, designed by Chirag Grover MA Fashion Media Production, that rather than telling women how they should be, empowers women to be happy with who they are now.

LCF News spoke to publisher Caitlin Gillespie who told us about how the publication came about.

#NoFilter came together after a group of us MA Fashion Journalism students got together, it just so happened that 90% of us were female, and over coffee just got to talking about life.  It came around extremely organically, as we knew we wanted to do something on feminism.  At least a few of the girls were hesitant because their understanding of feminism and feminist were not particularly positive, thus #NoFilter came about.

We felt that everything we saw on TV, everything we read in magazines and even the social media we ourselves use is continually coaching us to be someone different, to be someone ‘better’.  We decided then that it was important that we provided something that we felt discussed feminism in the same way we talked about it with our friends, even our male friends, as something that encourages women to be happy with who they are, to have goals and to have aspirations, but to also appreciate themselves the way they already are.  As a new generation of people entering the industry, we felt that we wanted to make our opinion on popular culture, feminism and women known.

At that first meeting we created our manifest statement:

“We are a collaborative of young creatives who believe that the magazine market is inundated with publications that perpetuate an image and understanding of women that we no longer identify with. We embody a new generation of women that view, consume and decipher their world differently.  The prevalence of social media and the never-ending access to information means we exist in a far more global world than ever before.  We are international women looking to be recognised for who we are, not constantly told who we should aim to be.”

Free copies of the first issue of #NOFILTER are available across all LCF campuses and around London.

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