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Events // London Design Festival selects LCC’s ’160′ for 2014 programme


Work by Alan Kitching and Monotype

On Thursday 18 September, London College of Communication will hold ’160′ (#lcc160); a shared Private View consisting of a trio of design retrospectives as part of the London Design Festival 2014.

The College will celebrate 50 years of illustration, 100 years of graphic design and 10 years of button badges.

Speaking about the exhibition, Professor Lawrence Zeegen explained:

“’160′ at London College of Communication celebrates the work of numerous influential designers and illustrators across the past 100 years. Reflecting the disciplines of graphic design, typography and illustration, all taught and researched within LCC’s School of Design, this trio of exhibitions has been curated to inspire and inform today’s and tomorrow’s generations of design creatives.

“Launched during the London Design Festival 2014, ’160′ aims to highlight the invaluable connectivity between design industry and design education, many of the exhibitors across all three exhibitions having studied or taught at London College of Communication.”


’50 Years of Illustration’ is published by Laurence King Publishing

‘50 Years of Illustration’ accompanies the launch of a new book of the same title by Professor Lawrence Zeegen, Dean of the School of Design. The show charts the rich history of contemporary illustration, from the rampant idealism of the 1960s to the digital explosion of the 1990s as well as the increasing diversification taking place in the twenty-first century.

Five giants of graphic design are commemorated in‘Alan Kitching and Monotype: Celebrating the centenary of five pioneers of the poster’. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tom Eckersley, Abram Games, FHK Henrion, Josef Müller-Brockmann and Paul Rand, all of whom were well-known for creating iconic and memorable posters.

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Alan Kitching at work in his studio

Alan Kitching has partnered with Monotype to create a unique series of prints paying tribute to these design heavyweights. Exhibited alongside Alan’s work will be posters designed by Eckersley, Games, Henrion, Müller-Brockmann and Rand.

LCC is also celebrating ten years of London-based graphic art label and online boutique Stereohype, sister company of design studio FL@33, and their popular button badge collection.


Part of Stereohype’s button badge collection

‘Stereohype 2004-2014′ also marks the fact that the collection, created by over 300 contributors, will reach its 1,000th button badge this September.

Private View: Thursday 18 September 6-9pm

50 Years of Illustration: Saturday 13 September – Friday 31 October
Alan Kitching and Monotype: Saturday 13 September – Thursday 16 October
Stereohype 2004-2014: Saturday 13 September – Friday 31 October

Monday – Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 11am-4pm, closed Sunday


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Call for papers for a symposium to be held at the London College of Fashion in January 2015

London College of Fashion Archive Symposium 2015

A call for papers for a symposium to be held at the London College of Fashion in January 2015

Subject: Hidden in the Archive

Lobb uppers

LCF Archives: Unfinished shoe uppers: Lobb Shoemakers c1950s

London College of Fashion Archives invites proposals for papers around the theme of things hidden, lost, undiscovered, disposed of, discarded, edited and missing in archives (personal collections, ‘wardrobes’, design collections, museums, libraries, etc).  The Symposium is open to UAL staff and postgraduate and research students.

Themes could include:

  • Losing/lost things.
  • Editing a wardrobe or collection.
  • Hidden on purpose – magic, superstition, tradition
  • Hidden stories: oral histories and testimony
  • Curating loss
  • Things broken or destroyed
  • Missing narratives.
  • Discarded/ing things
  • Immateriality
  • Finding/found things

Proposals are welcome for 20 minute papers (each followed by 10 minute discussion).

To submit a proposal, please send title and abstract of about 300 words to Jane Holt at by Monday 22 September 2014.

Central Saint Martins appoints successor to Professor Louise Wilson OBE

Fabio Piras

Fabio Piras

Central Saint Martins is very pleased to announce the appointment of Fabio Piras as the new MA Fashion Course Director.

Fabio, a Central Saint Martins’ alumnus, worked with Professor Louise Wilson on the course for many years and has been Acting Course Director on two occasions, most recently in the period since Louise tragically passed away in May.

In addition to his contribution to postgraduate teaching at Central Saint Martins, Fabio brings 20 years of international industry experience. He showed his own eponymous label during London Fashion Week from 1994 until 2000, and has since enjoyed a successful career in both creative direction and consultancy for luxury fashion brands in Europe and China.

Fabio’s vision will build on Louise’s legacy of creative excellence and will shape a new era for MA Fashion education at CSM.

More information:
MA Fashion

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Summer Party raises money for Student Hardship Fund

Giant Jenga - Staff Summer Party

Proceeds from this year’s Staff Summer Party, which took place in June, have been donated to the Student Hardship Fund.

Nick Rogers, Director of HR, said: ‘I am delighted to announce that just over £2,600 was raised for the Student Hardship Fund through ticket sales for the Staff Summer Party. This has been the most popular staff event for many years and we will now look to make it an annual event.’

The Student Hardship Fund is used to help those students in severe financial difficulty who may have access to no other source of help. Although payments are generally small, they can often be the difference between students staying on their course or dropping out. This money is significant in these days of increasing hardship and a vital help to those in need.

If you would like to see more photos from the summer party, these have now been uploaded to the University’s Image Library. The Image Library is a central resource available to all staff. It contains up-to-date and archived images of the University and Colleges, students at work, degree shows, events and exhibitions, college sites, and much more. If you don’t already have a login to the Image Library, you can register via

Jeremy Till Talks Scarcity, Design Thinking and the Future of Business

King's Cross Central - Eastern Transit Shed

Scarcity, as reality and concept, is an ideal context for testing the new ways of thinking that we anticipate the new MBA program at Central Saint Martins will engender.

Given the received definition of scarcity – as lack – the standard response is to use less of what we already have. As designers we can only pare back and use a canny creativity to make more out of less. For politicians, the spectre of scarcity in the form of stultified growth becomes the premise for spending less. Hence the current austerity regimes, a crude and essentially ideological programme of cuts that increase inequality while holding out the promise of growth. 

But what if scarcity is not defined as pure and inevitable lack, as it is under the tenets of neo-classical economics (and, dare I say it in the standard business school model)? What if it is understood as always constructed, always emerging in the wake of socio-economic forces, always operating across scales? Thinking through responses to scarcity against such questions becomes much more than addressing limits. It demands unpicking those constructions and understanding how they are formed, intervening in them, and using ones imagination to find opportunities within the constraints. It requires one to always situating responses in a societal context rather than as abstractions. It suggests understanding any solution relationally, testing it against other objects and forces. All of these are traits and skills developed in art and design education.

Scarcity is thus one example of an issue for which art and design can provide models for new ways of thinking and acting in a creative and sometimes disruptive manner, seeing the world as a horizon redolent with opportunities rather than a enclosure full of problems. These are some of the tenets on which the proposed MBA is founded.

Jeremy Till, Head of Central Saint Martins and Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of the Arts

More information:



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Take part in a worldwide filmmaking project with CSM PhD Student



Iceberg Fernandez, a PhD student at Central Saint Martins is curating  NOW&HERE = EVERYWHERE is a Quantum Filmmaking project in which everyone internationally is invited to collaborate with the mobile phone in the co-creation of multi-screen video-collages re-creating simultaneous moments.

During the course of this project announcements are made with the date and time in which each moment is taking place.

To participate make a 30 second film with your mobile phone of the situation, a detail or the place you are at that precise date and time, and send it as soon as you can, along with the name of the city, by e-mail to:

If you prefer to send your videos via WhatsApp please add this number +447449494812 to your contact list, letting us you would like to participate. Your number will not be shared with third parties or used for commercial purposes outside of the project.

All the participants will be acknowledged in the website. Only the video-clips produced at the announced date and time will be considered.

By participating in the project you are confirming that you have all the rights to publish the videos and you are allowing us their exhibition.

This is a non-profit research art project based at Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London).

MOMENT 9 is online NOW!! Thanks all the participating artists for sharing your art of the everyday life, it is being a real pleasure collaborating with you!! If you didnt have the chance to collaborate this time, the next moment will be held on: FRIDAY 15th AUGUST at 14:00pm BST (London Time) [Set your Alarms!] Spread the word, invite your friends….. the more we are, the greater the SURPRISE!!

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Join us for the next UAL PhD Open Evening

London College of Fashion and Centre for Sustainable Fashion nominated for six Green Gown Awards

LCF Nominated for 6 Green Gown 2014 Awards

LCF Nominated for 6 Green Gown 2014 Awards

LCF and CSF have been nominated for an incredible six awards at this year’s Green Gown Awards.

Now in their 10th year, the Green Gown Awards 2014, recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK.  With sustainability moving up the agenda, the Awards have established themselves as the most prestigious recognition of best practice within Higher Education.

Iain Patton, Chief Executive of the EAUC who run the awards, commented,

It is fantastic to see more institutions than ever being finalists – the strength and quality of applications is truly inspiring. The breadth of activity within the sector shows that sustainability really does bring positive impacts, both on the institution, their staff and students and the wider community.”

The impressive list of LCF’s projects that have made the cut include a collaboration with Nike, a clever technical solution to reduce the electrical consumption of one of LCF’s most important pieces of equipment – the humble iron and a brilliant embroidery technician who has been nominated for being a sustainability champion.

Huge congratulations to all involved and we’re keeping our fingers crossed for the awards ceremony which takes place on Monday 3 November 2014 at the stunning Whitworth Hall, The University of Manchester.

Read on to find out more about each of the projects and their nominated category:

Nominated in the category for Courses and Learning “Weaving sustainability through flexible learning fashion courses” was developed by LCF Programme Director Jessica Saunders who has woven her passion and knowledge of sustainable fashion through the flexible (part time) courses in Fashion Media, Design & Realisation, Business, Branding and Visual Merchandising. Students tackle realistic sustainability briefs and study issues of human rights, farming, manufacturing and the retail environment; graduates leave with the skills to change the fashion industry from within.

In the Enterprise category Centre for Sustainable Fashion has been nominated for their collaborative project with global giants Nike. “The Making Project” brought together designers, scientists, coders, academics and students to explore the challenge of how to de-couple successful design from the degradation of nature. The collaboration between Nike, CSF and LCF students and staff helped developed a digital tool to drive innovation, reform design thinking and inform choices for a better world. It developed skills and networks across industry and academia, towards more sustainable business.

In the Research and Development category, Centre for Sustainable Fashion was nominated for “Local Wisdom and Craft of Use” a project led by Professor Kate Fletcher, which explores the ‘craft’ of using garments in resourceful and satisfying ways.The very act of consumption is bound up with our desire for satisfaction – but many people are now questioning whether the act of buying more and more is actually making us happy.Local Wisdom has shown that well-being is enhanced through a re-balancing of our relationship with fashion and encourages us to question our behaviour and find alternatives.  Through the stories of over 500 people, in seven cities, Local Wisdom is revealing the hundreds of ways in which this is possible.  By thinking about fashion differently it can engender confidence and a real sense of self that reflects personality and enhances individuality. The challenge explored by Local Wisdom is how to pace consumption rather than maximise it.

In the Social Responsibility category London College of Fashion is nominated for “Crafting partnership with St Joseph’s Hospice.” The Widening Participation Unit at London College of Fashion has set up a partnership with St Joseph’s Hospice. LCF staff, students and alumni lead crafting workshops with patients, carers, staff, local residents and schools. Activities include making bags, scarves and jewellery.  Pieces made during the workshops have been exhibited at multiple events and are sold to raise money for the hospice.

For Technical Innovation for Sustainability London College of Fashion has been nominated for “Not too many irons in the fire” an innovative new timer switch that reduces electricity consumption through limiting the time irons are left on. This technological solution is paired with an LCF-designed printed ironing board cover to raise awareness of energy consumption in students and staff using the equipment. The project has encouraged dialogue about energy saving and has prompted some staff to recommend that interventions are made regarding other equipment.  This initiative is now being considered by other colleges within UAL.

The final nomination is for Sustainability Champion which goes to Rachel Clowes, an Embroidery Technician at London College of Fashion. Rachel champions sustainability through highly visible interventions that are pertinent to a creative university. From saving electricity to increasing biodiversity and pioneering the use of organic calico, she engages community members, students and staff from diverse disciplines. Working with the estates team, for example, resulted in a reduction in electricity consumption at our west London site of 78,000 kWh and 39,000 kg of CO2 over the last 11 months. Rachel’s involvement growing flax and natural dyes with neighbourhood groups instills robust local links, whilst replacing over 2,000m of conventional calico with organic decreases insecticide use in our global society. Both initiatives encourage better-informed students who can positively influence the future of fashion.

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LCC students show work from collaboration with London Sinfonietta Orchestra


Hildegard Titus, 2014.

Last month saw the final exhibition of work by four London College of Communication BA (Hons) Photojournalism & Documentary Photography students, who have been documenting the life of the London Sinfonietta Orchestra, in rehearsal, in performance and backstage.


Hildegard Titus, 2014.


Hildegard Titus, 2014.

The London Sinfonietta is one of the world’s leading contemporary music ensembles with a reputation built on amazing performances and ambitious programming. It is committed to placing new music at the heart of contemporary culture and continually pushing boundaries, regularly undertaking projects with choreographers, video artists, film-makers, electronica artists, jazz and folk musicians. The ensemble is Resident Orchestra at Southbank Centre with its headquarters at Kings Place.


Hildegard Titus, 2014.


Hildegard Titus, 2014.


Hildegard Titus, 2014.

Abdi Ibrahim, Claudia Vye, Hildegard Titus and Maja Smiejkowska were offered the chance when Briony Campbell – herself an LCC MA Photojournalism & Documentary Photography alumni – came to their class to speak to students about some of her work and look at portfolios – after which she chose four lucky photographers to work on the project with her.


Hildegard Titus, 2014.

Read more about BA (Hons) Photojournalism and Documentary Photography 

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Central Saint Martins Opens Dialogue About New Proposed MBA Course

Over the past year, Central Saint Martins has been exploring whether to set up a new kind of MBA (Master of Business Administration) course.

This series of blog posts is where we start taking some of our thinking public and contribute to the important conversation about the role of creativity and design thinking in managing and organising, and in developing new responses to global challenges. At its core, this vision is about creating new opportunities, not problem-solving, by combining creativity with analysis. We’ve been inspired by many other initiatives around the world including:

  • The MBA Design Strategy at California College of the Arts
  • The at Stanford, which brings together students from different departments to work together on projects
  • CSM’s own MA Innovation Management which develops strategic collaborative practitioners who can identify, and develop, innovative business and public sector opportunities
  • Non-university learning and collaboration projects such as Makerversity, ImpactHub, THNK and KaosPilots
  • And many, many more

Over the past few months we’ve used several different methods to do research and synthesise our findings into a proposition, which we are now testing through an online survey with partners Shift Learning. The sorts of things we have done include:

  • Interviewing MBA and MA innovation management graduates from traditional business schools as well as the newer, hybrid courses
  • Interviewing employers and entrepreneurs about the knowledge and skills they think the next generation of managers and entrepreneurs need to develop
  • Reading research reports and hearing from MBA course directors about
  • Trends in management education
  • Exposing our emerging proposition to critical friends in Central Saint Martins’ partner network
  • Setting up an advisory board of leading practitioners and academics to guide and challenge our thinking

Over the next few weeks we’ll be posting guest blogs by many of the people we’ve been in dialogue with as well by Central Saint Martins members of staff. We’ll share findings from our online survey testing our proposition. Central Saint Martins is taking this dialogue and this research seriously. The findings will shape the post-graduate course it develops. Get in touch to share your thoughts about what managers and entrepreneurs need to develop their skills and knowledge, and what Central Saint Martins should and should not do. We look forward to the conversation. Lucy Kimbell, academic lead, Central Saint Martins MBA @lixindex    

More information:
California College of the Arts Design MBA Programs
Stanford  Innovation Management
THNK School of Creative Leadership KaosPilots

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Book of 19th Century Fashions Gets a Makeover

The scrapbookFor her final project, Camberwell conservation student Corinne Henderson breathed new life into a scrapbook of 19th century fashion plates from our museum.

The book contains 191 plates taken from a variety of English and French publications, including Lady’s Magazine and La Belle Assemble. The images, which are predominantly hand-coloured engravings, depict society women’s dress from 1800 to 1890. They offer a fascinating insight into the contemporary culture.

Fashion plates were published in magazines from the late 18th century and throughout the 1900s, and were a popular way for people to stay up to date with the latest high-class fashions. They are rather specific, with titles including “morning dresses for July 1800” and “evening promenade dress in May 1809”.

Looking smart

Although it is not known when the book was compiled, it was probably created in the 20th Century as a source of reference and inspiration for costume students. The scrapbook is part of a small collection of two other books – one covering mostly male fashions, and the other accessories and ephemera.

The condition of the book prior to treatment was poor, but Corinne managed to get it into a fit state for handling, display and research. She worked with our Head of Museum, Judy Willcocks, to make sure she did so without damaging the scrapbook’s integrity.

Thanks to Corinne, the book is now fully functional as a scrapbook and available in the Museum for people who want to see it. You can read full details about the restoration process on her blog.

More information:
Corinne’s blog
Our Museum and Study Collection
Judy Willcocks profile

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