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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This month, Head of LCF Professor Frances Corner OBE has launched a new book, Why Fashion Matters. To celebrate, LCF has been asking fashion thinkers everywhere to talk to us about why fashion matters to them.
The first of the three tweet chats happened yesterday, and things quickly took off with questions, opinions and passionate responses flying onto the hashtag: #whyfashionmatters. So, why does fashion matter to the individual?
Conversations centred on how we express our inner self through the exterior clothes we wear, and how we can subvert people’s expectations by choosing to create our own style:
Tweeters also considered how we tell our personal story through our clothes – not just by choosing to wear them, but also in how they are crafted and where they come from:
The conversation turned to a tricky question – is fashion about showing your allegiance to a group, or is it about standing out from the crowd? This threw up all kinds of ethical dilemmas:
Tweeters also discussed their style icons, fashion and ageing, and how fashion can celebrate diversity. A massive thank you to all the passionate and insightful tweeters who joined LCF and Frances Corner yesterday.
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Jean Paul Gaultier: Be My Guest is now open at LCF’s Fashion Space Gallery, bringing together the fashion designer’s graphic design work for the first time.
Dating from the early 1980s to the present day, pieces include, the couturier’s unique designs for invitations to haute couture and prêt-à-porter, as well as his iconic advertising campaigns. Be My Guest reflects how Gaultier has shaped his image and translated his visionary catwalk collections into these graphic works.
The exhibition comes alongside The Barbican Art Gallery’s retrospective of the designer, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk.
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Craft of Use exhibition at LCF featuring photography by Kerry Dean. Centre model: Jean Woods.
Conversations on alternative forms of fashion have flowed from the success of Craft of Use hosted by LCF and the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, and led by researcher Kate Fletcher.
The event, which saw artists, academics and fashion designers come together to discuss fashion beyond consumerism, generated lively thoughts and stories online and on site.
As Kate writes,
“Fashion is seen as the poster child of consumerism, but it can be so much more.”
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First year FdA Designer Pattern Cutter students (now BA (Hons) Fashion Pattern Cutting) have kicked off an industry collaboration with the charity Sue Ryder.
With a brief set by the charity which asks the student to recycle and upcycle in order to create innovative fashion pieces, the students were guided by ethical fashion entrepreneur Nin Castle.
Nin is founder of ethical fashion label, Good One, which specialises in upcycling to create cutting edge design.
Working with Sue Ryder and Nin, the students have begun experimenting with second hand garments from the charity, which sells second hand clothing in its fundraising stores across the UK. The project is called ‘Saved’.
Michelle Watton , Business Development Co-ordinator at Sue Ryder, spoke about her excitement at working with the LCF students on ‘Saved’, adding:
“Nin’s experience of using recycled textiles whilst still creating excellently designed clothes clearly inspired the students.”
The project will continue over the summer term with students realising their upcycled designs.
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Starting Monday and running until 7th May, to celebrate the launch of Head of College Prof Frances Corner OBE’s new book Why Fashion Matters we will be discussing why fashion matters across Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Join in the conversation and tell us why fashion matters to you.
In the book, Professor Corner explores the intricacies and contradictions of the fashion industry, looking at its impact on the economy, society and the individual and we will be showcasing the eclectic and exciting work produced by LCF and its students.
We will also be hosting tweet chats from @LCFLondon throughout the month of April asking why fashion matters to the individual (16th April), the economy (23rd April) and to society (30th April).
Submit your questions and thoughts on why fashion matters using the twitter hash tag #whyfashionmatters. To find out more click here.
The best tweet from each chat will win two tickets to Professor Corner’s official press and industry book launch at the Café Royal on Wednesday 7th May.
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Jordanna Rae Andrews – BA (Hons) Fashion Sportswear, 2013
Fashion sportswear is big business and growing, according to a recent report by ‘big data’ company EDITD. The company trawls through vast quantities of data from retail websites to track product performance and trends by analysing stock levels, prices, replenishments and discounts, as well as mentions of key phrases across social media channels.
Hot on the heels of Topshop’s high-profile collaboration with Adidas Originals, EDITD compiled a succinct, publicly available report on the sector, with a range of statistical data to support the ‘sportswear revolution’ claim. The report points to the growing popularity of exercise classes – “in the US, there has been 29% increase in yoga practice since 2008″ – and the emergence of high-end sportswear labels and collaborations:
“Premium sportswear brands like Lululemon have made it perfectly acceptable to wear activewear in day-to-day life, Stella McCartney’s involvement with Adidas has given designer kudos and the catwalk is mimicking with sports luxe being rehashed season after season.”
This is evidenced by statistics about sales and stock increases: sales of women’s activewear increased 9% in 2013, compared to 2012; in the first quarter of 2014 there has been “a 38% increase in the number of new activewear leggings arriving at online retailers globally, compared to the same period one year ago”.
LCF offer a range of courses that will equip students to take advantage of the fashion sportswear revolution. BA (Hons) Fashion Sportswear is one of the only courses of its kind in the UK, training the sportswear design stars of the future. We also offer a wide array of business, management, marketing and retail courses to get those designs sprinting off the shelves; view a full list on our Fashion Means Business page.
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Kelly Walker-Duncalf presents for ‘pitch perfect’ at LCF
LCF Careers hosted two industry experts to give students an insight into how to succeed at public speaking.
Kelly Walker-Duncalf, Director at KWD Solutions and former Head of Concession Recruitment at Harrods, was joined by Tim Awan, owner of luxury jewellery house, MAWI.
Each polished presenter gave their top tips on how to pitch and present to the audience, giving them some of the skills they would need to start their own enterprises or enter the fashion industry with confidence.
Check out Kelly and Tim’s top tips…
- Practice your presentations again and again until the delivery sounds natural.
- You should be passionate about your subject.
- Believe your message, say it from your heart.
- Public speaking is not a talent, it’s a skill.
- If you don’t engage with your audience in the first few minutes you’ll lose them.
- When you’re pitching to an employer for a job it has to be from the point of view what can you do for the company.
- If a cover letter sounds like a standard pitch i’m not interested. It has to speak to me.
- Your pitch has to be relevant for the job.
- The employer needs to know what you can do for them to make their lives easier.
- Employers are only human, you have to contect with them. They are looking for someone who can fit into the team not just do the job.
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Kay Whitehouse, BA (Hons) Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design and Innovation
Last week, Tommy Hilfiger visited LCF to announce three student winners of their ‘Heartland’ brief which asked the young designers to create footwear and accessories collections for SS15.
The second year students worked for a term on the industry brief, with the winners securing internships with the renowned fashion label in Amsterdam.
Kay Whitehouse and Laura Thomas, BA (Hons) Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design and Innovation, were joint winners with their footwear collections. Louise Mahoney, BA (Hons) Cordwainers Fashion Bags and Accessories: Product Design and Innovation, clinched the prize with her ready to wear accessories collection.
The Tommy Hilfiger team spoke about the high standard of work produced by all the students, commenting that the competition had presented them with a tough choice when trying to find a winner.
Students responded to themes drawn out of American landscapes – the lakes of Michigan, the deserts of Texas and the pastures of Colorado – in order to create sketchbooks, designs, product strategies, and prototypes.
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Last night saw the opening of a ‘work in progress’ showcase of pieces from LCF final year BA (Hons) Bespoke Tailoring students in the Newburgh Quarter of Carnaby.
Open until April 1st, the exhibition explains the process of making tailored garments through delicate cloth samples, pattern making, textile manipulations, hand sewn techniques, first fit toiles, sketchbooks and final garments.
Offering a rare opportunity to learn how cloth is moulded and manipulated to reflect the human form, the exhibition is a preview of work from students soon to be in the industry.
Darla-Jane Gilroy, Programme Director for BA (Hons) Bespoke Tailoring spoke about the showcase:
‘Tailoring is a highly specialised, intricate skill that is known to very few. This exhibition aims to explain and demystify the process of creating a bespoke garment, showing the subtleties of cut, custom-fit and construction.’
LCF students have previously been supported by Shaftesbury, the company behind Carnaby, in retail led endeavours such as LCF’s annual College Shop, amongst other pop-up exhibitions and shops.
Make sure to check out the exhibition before it closes on April 1st to learn more about what goes into creating the garments of Savile Row, Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood, where LCF tailoring graduates have found their careers.
- Photos by Gemma Alex Jewell-Kirby, BA (Hons) Bespoke Tailoring
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