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Grayson Perry donates ‘Unfashionable Lion’ to raise money for LCF scholarships

Turner prize-winning artist Grayson Perry has made a ceramic lion which he has donated to the Fashion Matters auction to raise money for LCF scholarships and bursaries. Grayson, who received an Honorary Doctorate from University of the Arts London in 2009 and is also on the Board of Governors of the University, will be making the keynote speech at the Gala.

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Grayson Perry Unfashionable Lion, 2014 Ceramic 16.5 x 10 x 23 cm

Grayson Perry Unfashionable Lion, 2014 Ceramic 16.5 x 10 x 23 cm

The lion, who has ‘Unfashionable’ branded on his side, is 23cm long and made of a brown ceramic. A similar lion by Grayson Perry with the words ‘Vote Labour’ on his side recently fetched £42,000, and a previous incarnation was branded with ‘Look How Generous and Talented Grayson Perry, CBE, RA, is!!’

The bidding is open on the silent auction from now until 9 October, and includes tickets to the Topshop Unique AW15 catwalk show, a studio tour with Paul Smith, and a supercar driving experience for two. All takings are to raise money for scholarships and bursaries to LCF and in 2013 this money funded the studies of 13 students. We will be interviewing some recent alumni who were recipients of scholarships, to find out how this money helped them.

Read more about the Fashion Matters fundraising campaign
Bid now on the silent auction.

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Exploring London Life with LCF

Calling all #LCFfreshers! Over the next couple of weeks we want to make you feel at ease in your new London university home… It’s time to explore the capital in style with #LondonLifeLCF.

Whether you’ve moved from near, far, or not at all, we understand that starting a new life at university can be very overwhelming.

But fear not, LCF is here to help! We’ve taken it upon ourselves to get you even more excited about your time here, by giving you an Instagram tour of our six different buildings and their surrounding areas. From Shoreditch to High Holborn to Oxford Street, we will be giving you the inside scoop of each site, where to go, what to do, what to see, and how to get there.

If you are already a Londonite about town, we would love to hear your suggestions. Take some pictures of your own and Instagram or tweet us using #LondonLifeLCF!

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LCF launches new initiative to rehabilitate female offenders

Image: Crown Copyright

Image: Crown Copyright

An innovative collaboration between London College of Fashion (LCF) and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has been established at HMP Holloway, a female prison in London. The Fashion Training and Manufacture Unit is a social enterprise initiative aimed at providing skills and meaningful employment for serving and recently released offenders.

This exciting project, which has been set up to help female offenders turn their backs on a life of crime, fills a recognised skills gap within the London area. It aims to train and employ up to 20 female offenders on a regular basis within Holloway prison and support them on release to gain work placements and employment within the fashion manufacture sector in the UK.

Head of London College of Fashion, Professor Frances Corner OBE, said:

“After the recent success of our award winning project at HMP Send we are delighted to be working with HMP Holloway. As Head of London College of Fashion I have a long standing commitment to working with the National Offender Management Service and know that education is a key factor in the rehabilitation process and keeping people out of prison. Social enterprises such as ours give individuals a chance to become independent and contribute to society in a more positive way.”

Justice and Civil Liberties Minister Simon Hughes said:

“Putting in place the right services to meet the needs of female offenders is vital if we are to reduce reoffending and help them to lead law abiding lives.

“I want to see all women benefit from quality education and training in prison which will prepare them in the best way possible for eventual release and future employment opportunities.”

Currently there are around 150 fashion manufacturers based in and around London that employ 1500 machinists. Largely down to an aging workforce there is an annual shortfall of approximately 150 machinists, representing a significant skills gap. Not only will this project help to fill this gap but also to reduce reoffending rates. Offenders are less likely to reoffend if they have the skills and work experience to gain employment and generate an income to support their family on release.

The social enterprise aims to deliver a structured training module that sees participants studying for NVQ qualifications as well as work on commercial contracts which will be secured to generate income and to run the project on a sustainable basis.

The project, which has been generously supported by Sir John Cass’s Foundation, employs a Specialist Production Instructor and a Cutting Room Lecturer to train the female offenders and run the social enterprise.

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LCF Alumna and Online Editor of Wonderland tells us why London is top for creativity

Brooke McCord, PG Cert Lifestyle and Fashion Journalism

Brooke McCord, PG Cert Lifestyle and Fashion Journalism

Last year Brooke McCord graduated from PG Cert in Lifestyle & Fashion Journalism and is now Online Editor of Wonderland magazine. LCF News caught up with Brooke to tell us why she finds London an inspiring place to study, work and play.

Brooke came to London to take up her course and  immersed herself in the London fashion journalism industry. Straight out of the course she worked with Dazed throughout Womenswear AW14 before taking up her current role at Wonderland, and her passion for the industry and the city hasn’t abated.

LCF News: So what is it about London?

Brooke McCord: I’m from Wales and whilst I love it there, nowhere beats London when it comes to creativity. From exhibitions and shows to outdoor spaces, food markets and nightlife, there’s something you can be doing twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week and I find it hard to find anything more inspiring than that. Even if you just spend an afternoon sat in a coffee shop staring out the window, it has the potential to be the most exciting people-watching session you ever partake in.

A combination of what PG Cert Fashion and Lifestyle Journalism offered and her desire to move to London drew her to take up the course once she had finished her Geography degree.

Brooke: There were various reasons why I wanted to study at LCF, but the deciding factors were location, reputation and the course structure and leader. I was desperate to move to London – the way I saw it there was no other place better to study journalism.

She also credits her tutor, Glenn Waldron with being a big influencing factor in her choice:

The list of guest lecturers was very impressive and learning from someone with as much experience in the industry as course leader Glenn Waldron was another huge pull factor.

Having already undertaken work experience with Harpers Bazaar and Spindle Magazine, Brooke found that her course helped her getfurther into an industry she feels passionate about:

Whilst a lot of the lectures are classroom based, each project you undertake involves independent study that gradually immerses you into the industry. We also visited various exhibitions and the Time Out London office.

 

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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.

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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