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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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
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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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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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