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Star LCF trio selected as Fashion Scout’s Ones To Watch

Youjia Jin, MA Fashion Design Technology Womenswear Min Wu, MA Fashion Design Technology Womenswear Keiko Nishiyama, MA Fashion Design Technology Womenswear

Not one, but three LCF alumnae have been announced as amongst Fashion Scout’s Ones To Watch.

Min Wu, MA Fashion Design Technology Womenswear 2013, has been selected for her flowing designs, whilst her classmate Keiko Nishiyama brings her intricate floral patterns to the showcase.

Finally, Youjia Jin who graduated from MA Womenswear in 2014, and whose work was seen on the LCF MA14 Catwalk, has been selected for her intriguing collection which mixes masculine and feminine elements.

Their SS15 collections will be shown as part of London Fashion Week this September, 12th to 16th.

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Where art and science converge: Exposing malaria through costume for performance

LCF News caught up with 2014 graduate, Katie-May Boyd, BA (Hons) Costume for Performance, after discovering her intriguing costumes at the BA14 Performance Exhibition. If you are looking for art that explores scientific fact in an intriguing way, her costumes are it.

LCF News: Tells us about your final project – what did you set out to achieve?

Katie: The project illustrates the microscopic relationship between Malaria and its Human host in two costumes that focus on different stages in the life cycle of the disease. The costumes and performance aim to teach about malaria in an alternative way and also to highlight the cross fertilisation between Art and Science.

LCF News: And we hear that you really have taken the work into the scientific realm; speaking at the Wellcome Trust?

KMB: Yes, I took my work to the yearly conference of the ‘Wellcome Trust Centre of Molecular Parasitology’ (WTCMP) whose scientists I had collaborated with during the project. This was a really interesting experience for me as I presented my work to 80 parasitologists who had a completely different stand point from anyone else I had shown the project to. Their feedback was really helpful and a few people were keen to collaborate on different parasites as well!

LCF News: What inspires you about the work you do?

KMB: I love creating things, I think the moment a 2D pattern transforms into a 3D object on the body is just sublime. Working with science and art, the thing that I get most out of it is translating something that is very factual and theoretical into a tangible and visual piece that changes the way you understand a thing.

Looking at Katie’s work, you can certainly see how a complex scientific story is brought to life with vivid visual detail. Her costumes take the viewer from the initial stages of the virus to the moment when it overcomes the host’s body.

Katie-May Boyd, BA (Hons) Costume for Performance - 'Rupture of the Liver Cells' Katie-May Boyd, BA (Hons) Costume for Performance - 'Merozoites in the Bloodstream' Katie-May Boyd, BA (Hons) Costume for Performance - 'Gametocytogenisis'

With such a unique take on costume, art and science, we wondered why Katie was drawn to study BA (Hons) Costume for Performance and whether the course resonated with her experimental take on things. Katie told us:

I was drawn to the course because of the prestige of the college and once I found out more about it I thought it was much better than the courses offered by different universities because it seemed to be a lot more creative and open – more cutting edge and experimental as opposed to some that were a lot more traditional and theatre based.

Katie has since found herself interviewed by Scottish TV and has already taken internships with Alice Temperley, Madame Tussauds and the Royal Opera House. We’ll be intrigued to see where her insightful mixture of art and science turns up next.

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Josh Brandao wins top prize Coupe D’Or at the Fashion Film Festival Chicago, 2014

Last month, MA Fashion Photography graduate Josh Brandao claimed first place at the The Fashion Film Festival Chicago (FFFC).

The FFFC is an annual festival and competition which aims to celebrate the beauty and art of fashion as captured through the filmmakers’ lens. Josh was announced as one of the FFFC winners for his film Blackened Wings from a healthy array of submissions that reflect the bold cross-section encompassed by this expanding art. Inspired by the greek legend of the Phoenix and by Russian Constructivism/Propaganda Posters, Blackened Wings tells the tale of a young boy fighting to overcome bullying and oppression.

Josh explains his inspiration in more detail below;

“Set in a place in Soviet/Military world, Blackened Wings tells the tale of a young boy fighting to overcome bullying and oppression. The film showcases a collection of accessories and fashion artefacts by London College Of Fashion Graduate Chiara Pavan, as well as pieces by Givenchy, Vivienne Westwood, Armani, amongst others.”

Josh’s winning video will be screened during fall fashion week and on FFFC media sources.

Read more…

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MA Costume alumna designs for Kylie Minogue at the Commonwealth Games

MA Costume Design for Performance alumna Lara Jensen has designed the headpieces for Kylie Minogue and her dancers at the closing ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games.

Lara attended the MA course after the then course leader Donatella Barbieri (now Senior Research Fellow in Design for Performance, jointly at the V&A Museum and LCF) spotted her drawings when she came to LCF to meet a friend, and as a Harold Tillman scholar she was the first ever MA Costume student to gain a scholarship in the history of the course. She designed and made her first showgirl outfit as part of her film project, and went on to get early work experience with wigmaker Charlie Mindu, which confirmed her interest in millinery.

Since graduating in 2009, she has created work for Lady Gaga, Karl Lagerfeld, Jessie J and London Fashion Week, as well as being included Leanne Wierzba’s Head On exhibition at Fashion Space Gallery.

Read more on the Harold Tillman scholarships part of the Fashion Matters LCF fundraising campaign.

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LCF hosts series of talks at Edinburgh International Fashion Festival

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July saw LCF’s School of Media and Communication take part in the third annual Edinburgh International Fashion Festival (EIFF), hosting a series of talks curated by BA (Hons) Fashion Styling and Production course leader Clare Buckley.

The talks, held in Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms, focused on the subject of luxury high fashion, bespoke and artisan brands, with relation to contemporary fashion. The day started with Vincent Maxwell co-founder James JW Macleod discussing artisan skills and custom production. Johannes Reponen, course leader of the newly founded MA Fashion Media Practice and Criticism, then lead a discussion on the most innovative and exiting examples of approaches to fashion and design, and issues and ideas affecting the culture industry as a whole as part of his talk, New Horizons: Design Thinking Now & Next.  LCF’s Sophia Plessas, course leader for BA (Hons) Strategic Communication for Fashion, closed the event with Bespoke in the New Millennia which discussed the brands reinventing bespoke for today’s customers.  The audience was comprised of industry, students and Scotland’s burgeoning fashion community.

The EIFF, now in its third year, is growing in popularity and attracted an illustrious group of speakers and exhibitors including photographers Helena Christensen and Rankin,who both showcased new work, designer Gareth Pugh, fashion mother and daughter duo Amanda and Tallulah Harlech and artist and model Saskia de Brauw.

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