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Elephant & Castle: A freshers’ guide to south London’s creative heart

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London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle

As LCC’s brand new students arrive and settle in to life in and around Elephant & Castle, we explore the area’s essential attractions for anyone passionate about design, media and the arts.

The College’s single site is right in London’s creative heartland, close to internationally renowned museums, galleries, studios and other arts venues.

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This year’s BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design Summer Show at Hotel Elephant

Within a few minutes’ walk from the College is Hotel Elephant, a versatile warehouse gallery space and studio behind 40-42 Newington Causeway regularly used for LCC student shows.

Independent arts complex Corsica Studios is just behind the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre and focuses on breeding local creativity and culture.

Also immediately accessible from the College is the Imperial War Museum, which recently reopened following a £40m transformation and includes collections of aircraft, photography, art, weapons, films and posters among much more.

The Cinema Museum on nearby Dugard Way charts the history of cinema from the 1890s to the present day, while Southwark Playhouse on Newington Causeway promotes and stages work by the next generation of theatre-makers.

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Graduating LCC students celebrate outside the Southbank Centre

LCC final-year students graduated in July at the Royal Festival Hall, part of the world-famous Southbank Centre arts complex, which is just 20 minutes’ walk away. Southbank’s Hayward Gallery has played host to exhibitions by LCC Research staff including Jananne Al-Ani’s Excavations earlier this year.

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BA (Hons) Film and Television students and staff gather for a graduation showcase at BFI Southbank

This section of the Thames is also home to BFI (British Film Institute) Southbank, where this year’s departing film and television students screened their graduation films in June.

Not far away is the world-famous Tate Modern, with which LCC regularly collaborates – for example, in a series of recent Sonic Trails created by sound arts students.

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BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design and MA Sound Arts students work at Tate Modern

Just a little further east is the Design Museum, the world’s leading museum dedicated to contemporary design from graphics to furniture, architecture and industrial design.

Directly south of Elephant & Castle, Peckham has a thriving and expanding art and design scene, including the South London Gallery, which has a fantastic reputation for contemporary art exhibitions and events.

Print fans and practitioners should explore Peckham Print Studio, an open access and commercial screen printing enterprise which also hosts workshops and events.

LCC students have displayed their own work at The CLF Art Café aka The Bussey Building, a 120-year-old warehouse space and events venue, while charity-run gallery Peckham Platform presents community- and place-driven contemporary visual arts.

South Kensington is only minutes away from Elephant & Castle on public transport and is home to many museums including the V&A, who have commissioned an interactive installation for LCC’s Mini Maker Faire in November.

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LCC design students exhibit their interactive work at the Science Museum

The neighbouring Science Museum dedicated much of its gallery space to LCC’s interaction design students during a Lates event this year, with our budding designers creating fun and dynamic exhibits that demonstrated medical concepts to museum visitors.

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BA (Hons) Media Practice students gather for their graduation showcase at the Prince Charles Cinema

In London’s West End, just a short trip from the College by bus or tube, the busy Prince Charles Cinema opened its doors to media practice third-years in June for an all-evening showing of their final work.

The centre of the city is of course also packed with creative agencies, galleries and studios of all kinds and provides inspiration and opportunity to all of LCC’s undergraduates and postgraduates.

We hope that our new and returning students enjoy the best of what creative London has to offer – these are just a handful of the highlights. The possibilities are endless so get exploring!

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Fashion Matters silent auction – bidding now open!

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LCF’s annual Fashion Matters fundraising campaign has begun with a silent auction of money-cant-buy prizes. You can bid now on prizes such as:

  • Topshop Unique AW15 London Fashion Week catwalk show tickets
  • A supercar driving experience for two, driving Ferrari 360s and Abarth 500s, including an overnight stay
  • An exclusive studio tour of Paul Smith by Paul himself
  • The chance to go behind the scenes at a fashion shoot for ES magazine

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models walk on the catwalk for Topshop Unique AW14

Topshop Unique Fall Winter 2014, London Fashion Week. Image: Catwalking.com

All funds raised from Fashion Matters 2014 will be used to create student scholarships and bursaries. Thanks to the success of last year’s campaign LCF was able to support 29 scholarships, bursaries and awards for students joining in September of this year. This support is vital to the fashion industry, and you can help us raise funds by spreading the word as well as bidding on the auction.

LCF Patron HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO said “At a time when it is more costly than ever for students to continue on to higher education, particularly in London, it is so important that we look to raise the much-needed funds for student scholarships and bursaries, which will ensure that all talent, regardless of background, can be nurtured at LCF. Investment and funding in emerging talent is vital to the future of the UK fashion industry; therefore I hope you will join me in showing your support for both LCF and the next generation of fashion industry leaders.”

The campaign will culminate in a Gala dinner at The Savoy on Friday 10 October 2014 with 260 guests including designers, entrepreneurs and key fashion business leaders gathering for a unique evening to celebrate fashion and design talent. There will be a showcase of student work, as well as a performance by mezzo soprano Laura Wright, one of the biggest selling classical artists of the decade. The keynote speech will be given by Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry.

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Read more about the Fashion Matters campaign

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Fashion Matters silent auction – bidding now open!

fashion-matters948-474

LCF’s annual Fashion Matters fundraising campaign has begun with a silent auction of money-cant-buy prizes. You can bid now on prizes such as:

  • Topshop Unique AW15 London Fashion Week catwalk show tickets
  • A supercar driving experience for two, driving Ferrari 360s and Abarth 500s, including an overnight stay
  • An exclusive studio tour of Paul Smith by Paul himself
  • The chance to go behind the scenes at a fashion shoot for ES magazine

View all auction lots

models walk on the catwalk for Topshop Unique AW14

Topshop Unique Fall Winter 2014, London Fashion Week. Image: Catwalking.com

All funds raised from Fashion Matters 2014 will be used to create student scholarships and bursaries. Thanks to the success of last year’s campaign LCF was able to support 29 scholarships, bursaries and awards for students joining in September of this year. This support is vital to the fashion industry, and you can help us raise funds by spreading the word as well as bidding on the auction.

LCF Patron HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO said “At a time when it is more costly than ever for students to continue on to higher education, particularly in London, it is so important that we look to raise the much-needed funds for student scholarships and bursaries, which will ensure that all talent, regardless of background, can be nurtured at LCF. Investment and funding in emerging talent is vital to the future of the UK fashion industry; therefore I hope you will join me in showing your support for both LCF and the next generation of fashion industry leaders.”

The campaign will culminate in a Gala dinner at The Savoy on Friday 10 October 2014 with 260 guests including designers, entrepreneurs and key fashion business leaders gathering for a unique evening to celebrate fashion and design talent. There will be a showcase of student work, as well as a performance by mezzo soprano Laura Wright, one of the biggest selling classical artists of the decade. The keynote speech will be given by Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry.

Bid now on the silent auction (we recommend Firefox or Chrome browsers for this link)
Read more about the Fashion Matters campaign

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LCF Alumna Camilla Elphick prepares collection for London Fashion Week

Camilla Elphick, BA Cordwainers Footwear: Design and Development, graduate shoe collection

Camilla Elphick, BA Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design and Innovation, graduate shoe collection

LCF News caught up with Camilla Elphick, alumna from LCF’s BA Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design and Innovation course, to discuss her SS15 collection which will be showcased at London Fashion Week.

LCF News: Tell us what your SS15 collection is about?…

Camilla Elphick: The collection “You got the Luck” is inspired by all things lucky. With mood-boosting shoes sure to bring you good fortune and happiness, the collection consists of twelve show-stopping styles in fun colours and prints for every occasion. Key pieces from the collection include the ‘Lucky 7′ high-heel sandal in red glitter, great for making an entrance. Another glamorous pair is ‘Gold Dust’, a red-carpet heel in gold-dusted material. Then there are the ‘Black Magic’ pointy flats, and the ‘Lucky Duckies’, which are perfect for poolside!

LCF News: Who would be the ideal wearer of your designs?

CE: A woman who wants her shoes to be fun, frivolous and to make a statement to any outfit. As for celebrities I would love Diane Kruger and Mira Duma to wear my shoes!

LCF News: How do you feel London as a city influenced you creatively?

CE: It was fantastic to study in London! I was born in London so I feel I know it well but having to go to different LCF locations for classes meant travelling around the city a lot which was great to discover new places. There is a great creative atmosphere in London, especially in East London – I now have an office in Shoreditch which is a very inspiring place to design!

LCF News: Why did you feel inspired to study BA Cordwainers Footwear: Design and Development?

CE: I have always had a passion for shoes and accessories. A great pair of shoes can make a simple outfit complete and can lift your mood too! I think people are definitely drawn towards statement accessories which is why I wanted to create my own designs.

Once I was set on studying in this subject area, I went to visit LCF on an open day. Whist looking around the college I met a very cool guy working on a pair of beautiful shoes, he told me how he also interned at Terry de Havilland. He assured me that this was the course for me – it was very inspiring and I haven’t looked back since!

LCF News: Who or what has inspired you creatively in your life?

CE: As an only child I quite often had to entertain myself so I was pretty creative! I used to draw, style, make, build, and paint anything I could get my hands on. However now I find inspiration in everything, a gallery visit, a headline in a magazine, something I’ve seen out and about and through lots of online research!

LCF News: What did you enjoy most about studying at LCF?

CE: I enjoyed the fact that the course was very specific and tailored towards a career in shoe design and fashion at the end of it! I loved that I was also able to intern with footwear designers throughout my time at LCF. This worked well alongside the course and helped me get my foot in the door after I graduated. There were also lots of industry projects and competitions which was exciting and broadened my perspective while studying.

LCF News: What is most important to you when designing?

CE: I think it’s most important to try and create something I would like to wear myself and most importantly a design that people would love to wear!

LCF News: What are your plans for the future?

CE: To build the brand and keep designing. I am now working on my Pre-fall 15 collection which I am really excited about.

LCF News: What advice would you give to someone wanting to study your course at LCF?

CE: If this is the course for you, do it! It is a very exciting career to get in to and this is really the best course in the world to study shoe design…maybe I am just biased!

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Textile Students Take Trip to Flax Fields

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Richard Ose Ikhide

BA Textile Design students have collaborated with the European Linen and Hemp Confederation to produce weave and print work for home interiors and fashion.

Richard Ose Ikhide won first prize for his stunning prints, inspired by his Nigerian roots. Anoushka Seewoogoolam from Martinique, Cecilie Elisabeth Rudolph from Denmark, and Antonio Castro from Portugal were also recognised for their outstanding work.

The students’ reward was a two-day visit to France and Belgium. There they visited flax fields and the spinning and weaving mills.

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Pigeons & Peacocks Issue 7: Out Now!

Cover image for Issue 7 P&P by Tussunee Roadjanarungtong

Cover image for Issue 7 P&P by Tussunee Roadjanarungtong; Editorial spread featured by Nadine Ijeware.

Pigeons & Peacocks: Issue 7 is here!

Inspired by the diversity and multiculturalism of LCF this issue, titled New Horizons, is the most far reaching yet and showcases the work of LCF staff, students and alumni across all seven continents. Designers, stylists, photographers, make up artists, academics, writers and illustrators each offer their dose of fashion inspiration from beyond London.

The issue also features interviews from model, dancer and campaigner Shaun Ross, rising music stars Jack Tyson Charles, Woman’s Hour and Rae Morris, designers Sophia Webster and Ryan Lo as well as designer and innovator Professor Helen Storey who discusses science, fashion and sustainability.

Pick up a copy of P&P Issue 7 at any LCF campus or at WH Smith and independent newsagents UK wide or order from the UAL e-store.

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Introducing: Charlotte Knowles for Fashion Scout’s Graduate Showcase

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Charlotte Knowles, BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology Womenswear – final project collection.

Charlotte Knowles, who this year graduated from BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear, has been selected for Fashion Scout’s Graduate Showcase for this season’s London Fashion Week.

We caught up with the young designer to find out what she has in store for SS15 and how she feels about being tipped for the top so soon after graduation.

LCF News: What’s your SS15 collection about?

Charlotte Knowles: I would sum it up as a mixture of toughness with casual femininity; a blend of contrasting textures and weights; light, sheer and flowing mixed with hard and structural; demure, soft colours combined with heavy, reflective metal. It’s about strength, physicality and independence; which was what I found inspiring about my research.

LCF News: And what was your inspiration?

CK: The collection was initially inspired by bicycle culture; but like any design project it evolved and changed along the way. Sporty silhouettes, style lines, prints and metal textiles were inspired by this avenue of research however I wanted to instil femininity and desirability that I felt it lacked. I incorporated lengthened silhouettes and flowing materials to elevate and juxtapose the collection to be more desirable and sexy.

LCF News: How do you feel to be included in Fashion Scout’s Graduate Showcase?

CK: Very excited and privileged. It’s such an amazing opportunity and I really appreciate the chance to showcase my work through a platform that holds such prestige.

LCF News: More generally, who or what has inspired you creatively in your life?

CK: The people closest to me have inspired and motivated me. My grandmother has always had an effortless, chic sense of style, which I feel has influenced my own design aesthetic. My dad has an incredibly imaginative, design-oriented mind and has always encouraged me to be creative; my mum is the most hard working, driven woman I know; she has instilled that motivation in me. It’s hard to pin point what exactly inspires someone, it can be a variety of things that spark the motivation to design something. I tend to find the potential of textures and surfaces inspiring and exciting, influencing textile design. Finding subtle shapes or silhouettes in research imagery and translating this into pattern cutting. I often look at sports/casual wear for inspiration. I like combining contrasting avenues of research.

LCF News: And what are your plans for the future?

CK: My plans for the future include starting my own brand, but that’s a long way in the future! Until then, in the near future I intend to take a year out interning in Paris then, the following year, to (hopefully) do an MA. I want to learn more about the industry and get professional experience through interning and hopefully I’ll get a design job somewhere where I can develop my skills further and find out what I want to achieve on my own. The course has helped me to grow a thicker skin and to really distinguish who I am as a designer and the sort of fashion I want to design. The University is reputable and has good links with industry, this always help in terms of finding a suitable and exciting job, post university.

LCF News: Thanks Charlotte! We’re really excited to see your SS15 collection at LFW.

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Introducing: Luke Bullen & Jana Dahmen for Fashion Scout Graduate Showcase

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LCF News caught up with BA14 graduate, Luke Bullen, as his collaboration with Jana Dahmen has recently been selected for the Fashion Scout Graduate Showcase. The two BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear alumni only graduated this year. Luke told us what to expect from the pair for London Fashion Week SS15.

Proof that amazing work can still be created on a budget, Luke used his passion for creative writing and illustration to create an innovative collection.

LCF News: Tell us what your SS15 collection is about…

Luke: My SS15 collection came from a long road of changes and different ideas. I like balancing contrasts and so I was playing with the idea of using cheap materials but using them in a way to make them look luxurious and also not having much of budget I hand painted all my illustrations onto the garments which where all telling different parts of a story I had written over the summer. So initially the collection was about creating garments around characters I had written about in a fable. Taking part in a lot different projects around LCF and being selected for the BA14 Runway Show further pulled my collection in a lot of different directions.

LCF News: How do you feel to be included in Fashion Scout’s Graduate Showcase?

Luke: I was and still am absolutely flabbergasted. I still can’t quite believe my collaboration partner and I were chosen. It’s such a great honour and most of all it’s just very moving to me that other people or someone else liked the collection enough or sees something in it. I’m very lucky.

LCF News: Why did you feel inspired to study Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear?

Luke: I come from a fine art background and was interested in learning about fashion but also wanted full creative freedom, so I decided to choose womenswear.

LCF News: Who or what has inspired you creatively in your life?

Luke: Anything and everything can trigger an emotion and idea or a story that I then try to capture in a piece. Before studying fashion, I only knew of a few fashion designers and one in particular, which was Alexander McQueen I was greatly impressed by. So much so, that after years of developing and exploring my own style, I think my own personal aesthetic still gravitates slightly towards a McQueen aesthetic.

LCF News: What is most important to you when designing?

Luke: This is hard to put into words – I usually illustrate more than actually designing as I like to create a developed person and personality and mood for the garment to tell a story. But when doing a design, the overall shape and proportion is the most important thing to me, to get an overview of what you want to develop or create. I try to not take it too seriously as it should be fun and that’s when sometimes the best ideas come to paper.

LCF News: Who would be the ideal wearer of your designs?

Luke: For my graduate collection it would be my slightly eccentric friends in London with a penchant for the dramatic. I designed the whole collection considering if it would be wearable, as I wanted the garments to have a life after graduation, in the wardrobes of my friends but as for the BA14 Runway Show, that was more of a show collection exploring further ideas and concepts.

LCF News: How do you feel London as a city has influenced you creatively?

Luke: I think greatly because whether consciously or not, you will feed from your environment and you are pushed and challenged by the standard and creativity of others and with London being the creative and cultural melting pot that it is, there is a lot to be inspired by.

LCF News: What are your plans for the future?

Luke: I don’t have any plans yet as such, I will try and apply for some jobs and take it from there. Whether I end up in fashion or not I will still always be doing my own projects on the side as I still have a lot I’d like to explore.

LCF News: What advice would you give to someone wanting to study your course at LCF?

Luke: Be passionate about what you do, be prepared to work extremely hard and most importantly don’t forget to have fun with what you’re doing.

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Introducing: Min Wu, Fashion Scout’s One To Watch

Min Wu, MA Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear MA13

Min Wu, MA Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear MA13

LCF News caught up with MA Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear graduate (2013) and Fashion Scout’s One To Watch for London Fashion Week ss15, Min Wu.

LCF News: What was the highlight of your MA?

Min Wu: I really enjoyed the development. It was the nicest thing ever to look at something beautiful that was actually created by myself.

LCF News: What is it that inspires you?

MW: The small details in everyday life. Everything I met on the streets of London was so inspiring in itself.

LCF News: How did you feel when you were selected as Fashion Scout’s One To Watch?

MW: Being selected as Fashion Scout’s One To Watch is such an amazing opportunity for me, and it encouraged me to go forward with my designs, which are very important to me.

LCF News: What advice would you give to people looking to study your subject area?

MW: Don’t forget that you can always find something to learn from the people around you!

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Abandoned Soviet Union spaces inspire LCF Alumna for beautiful debut book

Rebecca Litchfield, MA Fashion Photography

Rebecca Litchfield, MA Fashion Photography

LCF Alumna, Rebecca Litchfield who studied MA Fashion Photography (2012) has just released her debut book Soviet Ghosts.

The book, recently reviewed by Independent Radar magazine, focuses on the haunting allure of the ruins of the Soviet Union.

Inside, Rebecca captures abandoned locations which were either a part of the Soviet Union or within occupied satellite states during this period of history – including forgotten towns, factories, prisons, schools, hospitals, military complexes, asylums and death camps across former communist states.

Rebecca explained, “In 2012 I became fascinated with abandoned buildings, finding beauty in darkness, poetry in meaning in the forgotten and surreal, imaginary worlds amongst decay. Not many explorers travel to Russia, where the rules are very different, locations are heavily guarded and a strong military presence exists everywhere. My artworks breathes life into forgotten historical locations and revive the moments of lost moments in places tainted by the indigenous.”

Soviet Ghosts contains a breath-taking collection of images collated throughout her time in Russia, and so far the book has been getting great press, being mentioned in not only Independent Radar magazine, but also the Daily Mail, Huffington Post, Wired, Trend Hunter, Viral Nova, The Guardian and Shortlist, among others.

Rebecca added, “Studying MA Fashion Photography at LCF kept me motivated to better myself and constantly strive to become a better photographer. It helped to show me what being a photographer outside of a nine to five job was like and reminded me that there is a whole world of great opportunities out there.”

Rebecca encourages those hoping to follow in her footsteps to network as much as they can:

“Get your work seen by everyone and make sure what you show the world is your best work. Most of all be passionate about what you love to do, work as hard as you can, and plan your photos to be the best they can be.”

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