London College of Fashion hosted two very different degree show private views on 27 June, in neighbouring Shoreditch venues. Together Media & Communications graduates and Performance graduates, represented the breadth and diversity of subject areas on offer at LCF.
Performance graduates showcased their work in a dramatically lit warehouse, filled with human and non-human species, including prosthetic sci-fi masks and live alien puppetry, from BA (Hons) Make-up and Prosthetics graduates and BA (Hons) Technical Effects for Performance students, as well as costume by BA (Hons) Costume for Performance and BA (Hons) Hair and Make-up for Film and TV work.
An office worker sporting a horse’s head wondered around the private view, as part of BA (Hons) Technical Effects for Performance graduate Bethany Malcolm’s reinterpretation of Animal Farm by George Orwell set in a call centre.
Costume work ranged from intricate fantasy gowns to period pieces. A corridor of mannequins showcased animal headpieces, peasant costume and a baroque Little Bo Peep gown by Ruby Vestey, BA (Hons) Costume for Performance.
BA (Hons) Costume for Performance graduate Rena Zhang based her final work on the play Death in Venice by Thomas Mann, creating modern monochrome interpretations of the costume for the young boy in the play – a pure white layered gown representing his innocence, and a black costume of feathers and netting to create a dark crow prince outfit. Xhang said of the process “the white costume was the biggest challenge, because I am not that experienced playing with soft materials and layers. I am used to playing with form and structure or metals.” She cited managing her time as another big challenge on the course, but of LCF said the “tutors are nice, and the tuition has been really useful.”
The atmosphere at the Media & Communications private view was by contrast very different – a smart media affair in a stark concrete warehouse showcased work by new graduates from BA Fashion Journalism, BA Fashion Illustration, BA Fashion Public Relations, BA Creative Direction for Fashion, BA Hair and Make-up for Fashion, BA Fashion Styling & Photography, BA Fashion Photography, and FdA Hair & Make-up for Fashion and FdA Fashion Styling & Photography.
Giant portfolios were suspended from the ceiling by wire, pages from editorial spreads by the new graduates were blown up and presented along the walls and visitors could interact with audio visual work. Highlights included monochrome fashion illustrations by Lucy Mower and photography and styling by Kate Iorga, who created an ethereal take on grunge for her editorial spread. Ana-Maria Williams’ portfolio of ideas represented the FdA Fashion Styling & Photography student’s developed aesthetic – a playful mix of prints, cartoonish monsters and 90s paraphernalia.
The variety and quality of work across the two degree shows signifies a class of graduates strong in ideas and skills, and ready for exciting vocational futures.