Yesterday a whole host of fashion thinkers joined @LCFLondon and Head of College Professor Frances Corner – @FCorner – to discuss why fashion matters to society.
On the occasion of the launch of Frances’ new book, Why Fashion Matters, LCF are hosting three tweet chats to discover more about why fashion really does matter.
Tweet chat number two covered diverse ground again, with thoughts from designers, campaigners, bloggers, academics and students shedding light on the central question: Why does fashion matter to society?
Lots of conversation was generated around how our relationship with fashion reflects our relationships with one another and the problems society faces. Tweeters considered sustainability and waste…
…And also topics which touch upon the Fashion Revolution Day campaign; worker’s rights and our role as consumers and citizens:
Tweeters considered how a diverse society should be represented by diverse fashion images, and whether this was being achieved. This led to thoughts about London as a diverse place with a great range of fashion styles:
Conversations also centred on how fashion is making an impact on different communities across the world, how the fashion media is changing and what this says about our contemporary society, and what qualities a creative graduate should have to contribute to our society. Thank you to all of those who contributed to the conversation and made it so lively and revealing!
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Inspired by Fashion Revolution Day, London College of Fashion and the Centre for Sustainable Fashion are pleased to present the results of the PROTEST14 design project through the eyes of photographer Riccardo Raspa. Come and join in the debate and view these wonderful photographs on Thursday 24th April from 7pm.
No need to RSVP – this event is free!
Location: White Rabbit Studios, 71-473 The Arches, Dereham Place, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3HJ
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A new agreement after the Rana Plaza building collapse
On the anniversary of the Rana Plaza Factory collapse, which caused the death of some 1130+ people and injured many more, a global campaign, Fashion Revolution Day, will ask for changes to the way we produce our clothes.
LCF News caught up with alumna Tatiana Delaney (MA History and Culture of Fashion 2013), who is working for The Bangladesh Accord Foundation, which is driving through essential legislation to help prevent the kinds of disasters the world witnessed on 24 April 2013.
In her role as Head of Account Management for the foundation, Tatiana explained what the Accord is about:
“The Accord on Fire and Building Safety is a ground-breaking, independent agreement designed to make all garment factories in Bangladesh safe workplaces.
It includes the largest program of independent safety inspections that has ever been undertaken by private organisations in global supply chains, and will make sure the results of these inspections are reported publicly and transparently.”
Brands and retailers who sign up to the accord make promises to commit to carrying out repairs that are necessary in the factories and ensuring that the workers are paid a salary. The agreement also emphasises worker participation through training programmes and health and safety committees.
So far 150 clothing businesses have signed the accord – a step forward in demanding a safer, fairer fashion industry!
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Jean Paul Gaultier made a guest appearance at LCF last week, just before the opening of an exhibition of the iconic designer’s graphic works.
The designer had a look around the exhibition, reflecting on the designs he had created for invitations and ad campaigns over the past thirty years.
Gaultier added his own flourish to the exhibition by signing the Fashion Space Gallery‘s wall with a message for LCF and its students. A fitting addition to an exhibition which showcases decades of the designer’s signature vision!
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This month, Head of LCF Professor Frances Corner OBE has launched a new book, Why Fashion Matters. To celebrate, LCF has been asking fashion thinkers everywhere to talk to us about why fashion matters to them.
The first of the three tweet chats happened yesterday, and things quickly took off with questions, opinions and passionate responses flying onto the hashtag: #whyfashionmatters. So, why does fashion matter to the individual?
Conversations centred on how we express our inner self through the exterior clothes we wear, and how we can subvert people’s expectations by choosing to create our own style:
Tweeters also considered how we tell our personal story through our clothes – not just by choosing to wear them, but also in how they are crafted and where they come from:
The conversation turned to a tricky question – is fashion about showing your allegiance to a group, or is it about standing out from the crowd? This threw up all kinds of ethical dilemmas:
Tweeters also discussed their style icons, fashion and ageing, and how fashion can celebrate diversity. A massive thank you to all the passionate and insightful tweeters who joined LCF and Frances Corner yesterday.
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