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Lisandro Olmos wins Fourth Annual Lowe Nova Awards

Lisandro Olmos, BA Fashion Menswear

Lisandro Olmos, BA Fashion Menswear

Congratulations to Lisandro Olmos who was awarded the Fourth Annual Lowe Nova Award last night. Lisandro’s menswear collection was inspired by recent student protests in his native Venezuela against the government’s socioeconomic policies.

The awards ceremony, which took place in Notting Hill, saw five of this year’s 13 finalists presented with Lowe Nova Awards - the overall winner, three runners up and a Unilever Magic Award:

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- Twitter #LoweNova

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Open Access Week: October 20-26, Everywhere


Open Access Week is a global event, now in its seventh year, promoting Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research.

Open Access means free availability of published scholarly research. Open Access literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright holder.

Academic authors rarely receive royalties for their scholarly writing; they publish their research as a benefit to their fields, and to society as a whole. However, this work is then sold by the publishers at very high prices. Students and scholars lucky enough to belong to wealthy universities can find and use this material because their libraries buy it for them, but the vast majority of interested people simply can’t access this scholarship.

The Internet is changing this. In the digital age, scholarly research can be made available online for free access, licensed for the widest possible visibility and use, while still protecting the authors’ rights.

Open Access is part of the wider ‘Open’ environment: a commitment to sharing ideas and innovation as part of a worldwide community. This is the most effective way to support knowledge transfer, and ensure that universities and colleges can play a leading role in stimulating the knowledge economy.

UAL supports the Open environment and is committed to Open Access. UAL Research Online is the university’s Open Access collection of its research outputs; hundreds of people visit UALRO every day to browse, discover and download the texts of our scholarly publications, as well as rich content representing our practice-based research. UALRO was the first Open Access institutional collection of scholarly research in arts and design, and remains the biggest and best known collection of its type. Over 35,000 individual research items are available in UALRO, and the collection is growing every day. Contact us at to find out more,  arrange one-to-one training, and open up free, global access to your scholarly research.

Interview: Andrea Zimmerman on her Artangel Win

Andrea Zimmerman and Adrian Jackson (photo by Ewa Hertzog)

Andrea Zimmerman and Adrian Jackson (photo by Ewa Hertzog)

Dr. Andrea Luka Zimmerman is a filmmaker and cultural activist who works as a lecturer and tutor on our Performance Design and Practice course. She recently won the prestigious Artangel open commission 2014 together with Adrian Jackson, founder of the Cardboard Citizens theatre company.

Here, Andrea talks about her Artangel win:

“It’s going to be a rhyme on Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves, which was made just after WW2. We’re looking at how we use it as a starting point to look at the London we’ve got today. We’re looking at the dream that London presents itself with, around issues of bicycles and vulnerability in the city.

“Both Adrian and I have for many years worked with communities that are often narrativized as marginal, and this takes away some of their agency. We’re looking at the obstinacy, we’re looking at the resilience, we’re looking at the untold stories. In the mainstream media these stories don’t exist, and if they do they’re just another inscription of cliches. We try and really throw that up in the air.

Photo from Andrea's 'Estate, a Reverie' project

Photo from Andrea’s ‘Estate, a Reverie’ project

“It’s very early stages of this project, so we have to follow our noses. We are very fortunate because the award allows us to do that. There will be a London that we discover through the eyes of people that we don’t usually discover London through. Part of the process of this project is to really, truly have open eyes and follow some people to experience their world.

“There are some really different communities we’re working with, not just one. There’ll also be bigger public events and live events that include the general public. We don’t want to make a distinction between one and the other.

“Margaret Mead said this really beautiful thing: that in our time we need to find that which is the commonality among us rather than the separation. Everything is always separated, but actually we have so much in common as human beings, if we allow it.”

Andrea’s will be speaking at a screening of her work Taskafa: Stories of the Street at Whitechapel Gallery on 13 November. Her film Estate, a Reverie premiers at the Rio cinema on 22 November.

You can read the full interview with Andrea on the website.

More information:
Performance Design and Practice
Andrea’s profile
- Andrea in conversation

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Spatial Practices Students Design in Rio

Jongo's House workshop

Jongo’s House workshop

Staff and students from our Spatial Practices programme recently went to Rio de Janeiro to take part in a two-week design workshop hosted by Studio X Rio.

The workshop produced furniture designs and full-scale prototypes for Jongo da Serrinha, a local NGO. The organisation is dedicated to promoting culture, educating the youth and preserving traditional African-Brazilian jongo music. It is in the process of building ‘Jongo’s House’, a new headquarters to host its activities.

Participants were asked to consider the ways domestic furniture can engage the public by creating comfort and intimacy. The designs and prototypes also needed to be creative, low-cost and practical.

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Working together with students from PUC-Rio university and local architects, artists and designers, our students developed a new family of primary school furniture.

Their work was informed by research into Oscar Niemeyer and Darcy Ribeiro’s radical ‘Integrated Centres of Public Education’ (CIEP) project, which provided uniform, high-quality primary schools across Rio de Janeiro state.

This project coincided with an exhibition about public education, which featured information on CIEPs, at the Museu de Arte do Rio.

More information:
Spatial Practices programme

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Tonight: Lowe Nova Awards 2014

Boris Raux (shortlisted)  © Jennifer Pattison

Boris Raux (shortlisted) © Jennifer Pattison

Tonight sees the climax of the Lowe Nova Awards 2014, with an awards ceremony held in conjunction with Central Saint Martins.

The best creative talents from this year’s degree show have already been shortlisted and the overall winners will be announced later today.

This year’s list includes ground-breaking womenswear from fashion designer Sang Yoon, amazing use of colour by digital artist Rose Pilkington, and ceramics that address social issues from Monika Grandvaux-Piskorek.

Take a tour through the shortlist in this Lowe and partners video.

You can follow proceedings on Twitter at #LoweNova

More information:
- Lowe Nova Awards
- Degree Shows 2014

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BA Graphic Design Graduates Make Their Mark

Art Schooled by Jamie Coe

Art Schooled by Jamie Coe

September was a great month for our BA Graphic Design course, with alumni selected for CREAM and SHOWstudio. Recent graduate Jamie Coe also published a new comic book.

CREAM is an annual event helps emerging talent into the advertising industry. In 2014, only twenty teams were selected from almost 300 entries worldwide. Two of these were made up of Central Saint Martins graduates — Molly Nye and Olga Pope, and Dani Beaumont and Gina Kelly.

Meanwhile, BA Graphic Design graduate Frida Wannerberger was selected as an illustrator for SHOWstudio. She took residence at Milan Fashion Week, picking her favourite designers and turning their Spring/Summer 2015 runway looks into delicate paintings and GIFs.

Finally, alumnus Jamie Coe has published a comic book offering a humorous insight into the highs and lows of a struggling art student. Art Schooled is published by NOBROW, a company also run by our former BA Graphic Design students.

More information:
- BA Graphic Design

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Upgrade to Microsoft Office 2013 for PC users – action required

IT Services are pleased to announce that all UAL Windows PCs are being upgraded to Microsoft Office 2013. This includes Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and OneNote. We’re giving you the chance to install Microsoft Office 2013 in your own time from 14 October and will be releasing the software automatically towards the end of November.

Before you start

  • Please ensure any open files are saved and all Office applications are closed before you start the installation process.
  • Before doing so, if you have manually created archive files you will have to re-add these in Outlook. Please note the location of your PST files by clicking on File > Account Settings > Account Settings > Data File and copy the data file locations for any archive folders.

Users of the following systems have been excluded from the upgrade due to incompatibility issues with Microsoft Office 2013.

  • Archibus
  • HPS
  • Invision
  • Language Centre Database
  • Maximizer

Installing Microsoft Office 2013

From Tuesday 14 October you should see the Microsoft Office 2013 icon on your desktop. At a convenient time please double-click the icon to start the installation process. Installation should take around 30 minutes, after which your computer will restart. After the restart, log in with your UAL credentials as normal. The Microsoft Office 2013 icons will be located under Start > All Programs > Microsoft Office 2013. Please note that the upgrade removes your email (Outlook) profile, so you will need to re-add your email signature (the easiest way to do so is to copy from an old email) and PST archive files (as per the instructions above). Training videos and how to guides can be found on the Office 2013 intranet page.

Any questions please contact the IT Service Desk via or call 9898.

LCF Fashion Matters Gala raises money to launch new careers

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Fashion Matters, LCF’s annual gala event which raises money for scholarships and bursaries has this year smashed its target, raising in excess of £85,000. The event which took place on Friday 10 October aims to support  future generations of designers, makers, entrepreneurs, commentators and industry specialists. The success of the evening will result in at least 50 new scholarships and bursaries.

The glittering Gala dinner, held at The Savoy London and sponsored by Shaftsbury PLC and Hogan Lovells, accommodated over 200 guests including designers, entrepreneurs and key fashion business for a unique evening to celebrate British educated fashion and design talent. VIPs included Grayson Perry CBE RA, Soprano Laura Wright, CEO of the British Fashion Council Caroline Rush, Chief Executive of Whistles Jane Shepherdson, Harold Tillman CBE, model Olivia Inge, designer Maria Grachvogel, interior designer Nicky Haslam, TV illusionist Derren Brown, philanthropist Aisha Caan, Made in Chelsea star Mark Francis and TV presenter Cleo Rocos.

After a champagne reception with an exhibition of beautiful work by current London College of Fashion students, the evening kicked off with a welcome speech by Chair of the Fundraising committee Harold Tillman CBE asking guests to “Dig deep … and even deeper” to help LCF surpass last years total of 29 new scholarships which helped launch “29 new careers.” Following Harold Tillman’s opening address Grayson Perry CBE RA took to the stage – beautifully dressed as his female alter-ego Claire.  Grayson had the audience in stitches as well as reminding everyone about the more serious reason for the evening – to raise money for students who might not otherwise be able to afford university education.  He reflected that as a working class boy he had received his art school education for free – and mused how the changes to the funding of Higher Education in the UK was likely to have an impact on those very same working class students.  Will we still have artists and designers in the future from every social background?

“I don’t see the next Alexander McQueen coming from Eton” he commented.

Guests were able to bid on silent auction items including a beautiful dress donated from the personal archive of Giles Deacon (which sold for £700) and a personal tour with Paul Smith in his Covent Garden studio.

As dessert was being served Ed Giddins compered a lively auction with spectacular prizes including Grayson Perry’s ‘Unfashionable Lion’ which went for a staggering £9,500, an exclusive picture of David Bowie generously donated by celebrity photographer Richard Young which sold for £3000, a pair of Tom Ford catwalk show tickets which sold for £1000 and a bespoke ‘Miss Jones’ Stephen Jones hat and a visit to his studio, which raised £1000.

Rounding off a spectacular evening was an exclusive performance by soprano Laura Wright who recently performed at Prince Harry’s Invictus Games.  Laura performed two tracks from her new album ‘Sound of Strength,’ which is currently at Number 11 in the Classical Music Charts.

Overall the evening was a staggering success and we look forward to giving new talent exciting opportunities in the future.

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LCF student creates photography booklet for Skin Care for All

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MA Fashion Photography student Kári Sverriss has created a collection of images for Skin Care for All , helping to raise awareness of skin problems and respond to a range of skincare concerns and initiatives. Skin Care for All is an organisation that aims to nurture and encourage the self management of community dermatology.

Paul Bevan, Course Director of MA Fashion Photography, told LCF News about the thinking behind Skin Care for All and how fashion photography is interacting with the campaign:

“The mission was to invigorate the skin care for all agenda by engaging the power and proposition of the image, and in particular the fashion image. Fashion photography is mostly underpinned by conventions in visual aesthetic and beauty.  With this, come questions around our identity, and how we look at, judge and treat others by their appearance.  This was a great opportunity to give a creative response to the skin care for all initiative”

LCF News caught up with Kari to find out more about his work and inspirations.

LCF News: Tell us about Skin Care for All and how you got involved…

KS: I was approached by Paul Bevan (Course Director for MA Fashion Photography), Phil Sams (Honorary Doctor at LCF) and Terence Ryan (Honorary President of The International Society of Dermatology) and asked to create a series of images, and a booklet with them that would be used as a part of a presentation at the European dermatological summit. The images were to raise awareness of certain issues and matters regarding skincare and skin diseases.I decided to approach people with skin diseases and skin problems and asked them about their experiences and if they had ever met prejudices in their lives and if so in what way and how did they deal with it.

LCF News: Tell us about the images you have created…

KS: We had 8 days of shooting both in studios and on location in different parts of Iceland, I wanted to use the raw, rough and dry environment, and the unique locations in Iceland as I felt that they were a link or a visual connection to the extreme conditions that some people around the world are living in, and also problems that people with skin diseases and skin problems face.

I wanted all of the images to have an element of fashion to them, as I believe that the power of photography and fashion is undeniable and when those two elements come together there are endless possibilities and it can be used as a universal language to send out messages around the world. I wanted the images to portray the prejudices that people with skin diseases and problems face, the emotions, the good and the bad and I also wanted to show in the photos that we are all the same.


LCF News: What inspired you about the project?

KS: What inspired me about the project is that it was very challenging, to mix glamour, fashion and sensitive issues together is a delicate and difficult matter. But it is my passion, to use fashion and photography to raise awareness, to help and to build better lives with the power of fashion and photography is something that I believe strongly in. I think that fashion photography is a universal language understood by most people and as much as we can use it to sell dreams, clothes or ideas, I believe its also crucial to use it to help people and to raise awareness of social issues and human struggles.

LCF News: Your work will shared at the European dermatological summit – what will this mean for the project and what does this mean to you?

KS: For this particular project we went in a direction that has not been done a lot, and SCFA hasn’t done it in this way before (using fashion and photography to raise awareness). It means that hopefully this project will live for a long time, will be spread around the world used for good things and hopefully it will inspire others to do the same. This also means for me that my work will get more exposure, and hopefully help me with future projects and jobs in the near future.

LCF News: Are you happy with the outcome of the project?

KS: I am very happy with the outcome and the look of the images that I created, they came out in the way I wanted them to be, I wanted to go for a look that is more timeless in terms of styling and overall look and could be looked at a few years down the line and still think that they are relevant. I want to use the opportunity to thank the team behind the shoots because without them this wouldn’t have been possible.

The relationship between LCF and The International Society of Dermatology has developed since LCF designed the first booklet and website for the company, commissioning BA (Hons) Fashion Journalism student Nick Smith and a team recruited by him in 2012. Skin Care for All has been made possible by funding from Procter & Gamble who became involved with the project via UAL Visiting Professor and Procter & Gamble senior Research Fellow, Dr Paul Matts.

Phil Sams, Honorary Doctor at LCF said:

I am delighted that Terence Ryan asked us again to help him with his big, important mission to build within medical professions and beyond a strong duty of care for communities where skin issues degrade life-quality. The journey has been great and the end-result inspiring. The project confirms that fashion thinking can and should shine a light in unexpected corners of social issues; this is absolutely about Better Lives!

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Lady Gaga wears Contour Alum’s designs

Lady Gaga has been spotted out and about wearing designs by BA (Hons) Fashion Contour alumna Zoe Greening. She was first pictured wearing one of Zoe’s black slip dresses whilst being interviewed about her latest album in Stockholm. Images of her in the dress were posted on MTV’s Instagram account to their 2.7million followers.

She was then spotted wearing Zoe’s lace trimmed dress not once but three times! Firstly when leaving her Swedish hotel in it and then a couple of days later whilst getting ready for an event.  On Wednesday evening she was spotted in it again this time at a basketball game in Berlin and she posted an Instagram picture of her wearing the dress whilst holding the NBA trophy.

Lady Gaga is a champion of young design talent and is often photographed wearing LCF student and alumni designs.

The dresses were part of Zoe’s collaborative collection with BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear alum Faye van Andel and featured in the BA14 catwalk show.

Slip dresses from BA (Hons) Fashion Contour alum Zoe Greening's BA14 collection as worn by  Lady Gaga Slip dresses from BA (Hons) Fashion Contour alum Zoe Greening's BA14 collection as worn by  Lady Gaga

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