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Back in the USSR: An adventure through fashion film

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On the streets of Moscow in 1985

Recently LCF’s Nilgin Yusuf (Programme Director of Media for the Graduate School and Course leader of MA Fashion Media Production) touched down in Moscow to talk about Fashion Film to a new generation of creatives. The trip brought up memories of her first ever visit to the enigmatic city, 29 years ago. The fashion media production course leader and former Sunday Times Fashion Editor told us about her experience of old and new…

Arriving in Moscow in 1985 as a 19 year old art student was like being deposited, courtesy of Aeroflot, on another planet. I was on a two week art trip in respectively Moscow and Leningrad and after recovering from the extreme food-poisoning encountered on the plane, I was left to consider the vastness, strangeness and otherness of this city. Then, it was still a Communist state so queues for everything, a trudging workforce, haggling hotel maids, Moskvitches and snow.

It had a strange and powerful beauty; a sense of enormous scale. I was taken by the unabashed masculinity of a city like Moscow which seemed more authentic than the coy and prettified Leningrad (Peter the Great was obsessed by Venice and built his city not on Rock and Roll but the Italian capital). Being Western consumers, we sought out trophies: cool Russian watches that cost a few pounds, furry headgear or bold, modern posters extolling the workers or classic Russian movies. Neville Brody had introduced us to Russian Constructivism via The Face and we revelled in the real deal.

In Gum, the traditional shopping arcade, my pals & I happened across a shop that sold magnificent, engineered and reinforced womens girdles that were more Gaultier than Gaultier. We all came back with crushes on Mayokovsky, the 1920s Russian revolutionary poet, who we recognised as the first rapper. My friend even did her dissertation on him.

On my return, I headed to a three month internship at Vogue where a call came through the main office: “Does anyone know anything about this Russian designer called Slava Zaitsev?” asked a fashion editor. “I do..I was at his show last month in Moscow.” I was then invited in to be interviewed for the Channel 4 News, an occasion that my Dad lit a cigar for.

Twenty nine years later, I was invited by the British Council to a two day event exploring Fashion film. It would take place in Tsvetnoy, Moscow’s finest and trendiest department store. This was an amazing invitation and the event was well attended by a smart, media savvy audience.

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Twenty nine years is a long time. Moscow was no longer alien territory but familiar, like Milan or Paris. Once, there was East and West, now, it’s one long Euro Zone. There is plenty of everything, instantly and a fiesta of brands: Macdonalds, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, BMW. Those hallmarks of capitalism – posters that invite you to buy, buy, buy – are everywhere, filling up the spaces which were once gaping and cavernous. I sought out traces of old Moscow. I scanned the city for hammers and sickles or statues of workers but they were rare. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs didn’t fail to impress, though.

I was ordered to buy a fur hat by my twelve year old and to do so had to go into a tourist shop which sells impressions of Russia to the west: painted wooden dolls, communist badges and tourist kitsch. Down the road was a second hand book market where my Russian student, Olya, my guide for a day found a 1950s book of Mayokovsky poetry. Twenty-nine years ago, there had been no fashionable department stores, no internet and therefore no fashion film. But I treasure the sense of adventure, discovery and other-worldliness. Something you won’t find in Starbucks.

Nilgin Yusuf, Course Leader MA Fashion Media Film, in Moscow in 2014 Moscow 1985 Nilgin Yusuf as a young student in Moscow 1985

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Fashion Textiles Graduate sells unique designs at Secret Garden Party Festival

Nicole Parkauskas, BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles

Nicole Parkauskas, BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles

BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles graduate, Nicole Paskauskas, has won a £500 scholarship to bring her unique jewellery pieces to the Secret Garden Party Festival. We caught up with the new graduate, whose work was seen on the LCFBA14 Runway, to find out what festival goers can discover on her stall…

LCF News: So how did this all come about?

Nicole Paskauskas: I’ve been going to Secret Garden Party Festival for about 4 or 5 years now so being a massive fan of the secret emporium tent I always wanted to get involved with them. The festival were offering scholarship places for stalls worth £500 and since the tickets were completely sold out I thought, now is the perfect time to apply!

LCF: And what will you be selling at the festival?

NP: My jewellery has come about through a natural progression – I sold it at LCF’s College Shop, and it was also featured on the BA14 Runway. It’s jewellery made using the same braiding techniques that I developed during my final year at LCF. Selling it on stalls was just the next step towards starting to develop my brand.

For the stall I’ve recycled off cuts of old furniture and scraps of wood and painted them white to build a sculpture that I can hang my braided jewellery from. I had no money to spend on proper stands so it really forced me to put some thought into it!

LCF: We also hear that you’re involved in the In the Woods Festival?

NP: In The Woods Festival is going to be quite an experiment! I have been invited to collaborate with a sculptor in building the main stage so I am excited to apply my work in a totally different way to fashion or jewellery. This festival is also sold out and will be held in Kent at the end of August. I’m also really excited to see who will be performing at the festival as it’s a secret!

LCF: What’s next?

NP: I am currently working on developing wearable jewellery and have been overwhelmed by the response from the press since my final collection of headpieces and body jewellery in June. In September I hope to be developing a second collection of pieces for my brand so stay tuned!

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Inside the Industry – Anya Hindmarch at LCF

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On Thursday 5 June, LCF welcomed fashion designer Anya Hindmarch MBE as she took part in a ‘UAL Meets’ and LCF Inside the Industry talk.
Anya spoke with head of LCF Professor Frances Corner OBE,  covering a variety of topics ranging from how to set up and grow your own business, the best ways to manage investors and the importance of craftsmanship and ‘old-fashioned’ luxury. She also talked through the creative process behind some of her recent catwalk presentations.

She gave LCF students some great advice on how to stay motivated whilst starting up your own business:

“Starting a business is really fun and I hope you all get the chance to do it one day, but it’s also very hard work, so the best advice I can give you is to never give up. If you don’t give up, you will get there in the end.”

  • Photography: Andrea Milla Perez

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#ClothesToDieFor – the Centre for Sustainable Fashion lead the debate

Image Credit: BBC/Quicksilver Media/Taslima Akhter, Photographer: Taslima Akhter, Image Copyright: Taslima Akhter

Image Credit: BBC/Quicksilver Media/Taslima Akhter; Photographer:
Taslima Akhter; Image Copyright: Taslima Akhter.

Following an eye-opening documentary on BBC 2, ‘Clothes To Die For’, the Centre for Sustainable Fashion hosted a tweetchat to debate the crucial topics raised by the programme.

The programme highlighted the experiences of those affected by the Rana Plaza factory collapse disaster in 2013. Talking to followers on @sustfash and with thoughts from the centre’s Director @dilyswilliams and @LCFLondon, as well as members of the fashion industry, the team explored what should be done to prevent this kind of tragedy.

In the same week, Dilys Williams also gave an interview to London Live, calling for a fashion system which respects those who make what we wear.

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LCF’s Asger Juel Larsen wins International Woolmark Prize European Heat

Asper Juel Larsen - Winner of Woolmark Prize European Heat

Asger Juel Larsen – Winner of Woolmark Prize European Heat with his oversized cream coat. Photo: Vogue.co.uk

LCF 2011 MA Graduate Asger Juel Larsen was successful at winning the European heats for the International Woolmark Prize this week. He will now move on to the final where he will face off against four other menswear designers from Australia, America, Asia, India and the Middle East.

Copenhagen based designer Asger, a BAMA Fashion Design Technology: Menswear graduate, beat nine other names to be honoured in the first dedicated men’s category of the prize’s history. To win the regional semifinal competition, designers were tasked with creating a look made from Merino Wool to show to a panel at the Shangri-La Hotel in Paris.

One judge, director of menswear at Hermes, Veronique Nichanian, commented on Larsen’s excellent delivery:

Asger’s presentation was very structured and well-articulated, his research on fabrics and textures was elaborate and accomplished. The decision was made as one voice.

The decision to crown the London College of Fashion graduate’s oversized cream coat (pictured above) was unanimous according to reports. Other judges on the men’s board included James Leaford, Fashion Editor of GQ France; Sarah Andleman, Creative Director of Colette; and Tim Blanks, Editor-at-Large of Style.com.

Asger was lauded for his “commercial understanding and application of Merino wool” – his oversized cream jacket taking centre stage at the proceedings.

Asger must now design a capsule collection in Merino wool to be showcased during London Collections: Men in January 2015. Success in the final round would see the designer walk away with an additional 100,000 AUD (£54,000) along with the opportunity to be stocked in retailers such as Harvey Nichols in London, Colette in Paris and 10 Corso Como in Milan.

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