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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

View all auction lots

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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Fashion Matters silent auction – bidding now open!

fashion-matters948-474

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

View all auction lots

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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LCF Alumna Camilla Elphick prepares collection for London Fashion Week

Camilla Elphick, BA Cordwainers Footwear: Design and Development, graduate shoe collection

Camilla Elphick, BA Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design and Innovation, graduate shoe collection

LCF News caught up with Camilla Elphick, alumna from LCF’s BA Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design and Innovation course, to discuss her SS15 collection which will be showcased at London Fashion Week.

LCF News: Tell us what your SS15 collection is about?…

Camilla Elphick: The collection “You got the Luck” is inspired by all things lucky. With mood-boosting shoes sure to bring you good fortune and happiness, the collection consists of twelve show-stopping styles in fun colours and prints for every occasion. Key pieces from the collection include the ‘Lucky 7′ high-heel sandal in red glitter, great for making an entrance. Another glamorous pair is ‘Gold Dust’, a red-carpet heel in gold-dusted material. Then there are the ‘Black Magic’ pointy flats, and the ‘Lucky Duckies’, which are perfect for poolside!

LCF News: Who would be the ideal wearer of your designs?

CE: A woman who wants her shoes to be fun, frivolous and to make a statement to any outfit. As for celebrities I would love Diane Kruger and Mira Duma to wear my shoes!

LCF News: How do you feel London as a city influenced you creatively?

CE: It was fantastic to study in London! I was born in London so I feel I know it well but having to go to different LCF locations for classes meant travelling around the city a lot which was great to discover new places. There is a great creative atmosphere in London, especially in East London – I now have an office in Shoreditch which is a very inspiring place to design!

LCF News: Why did you feel inspired to study BA Cordwainers Footwear: Design and Development?

CE: I have always had a passion for shoes and accessories. A great pair of shoes can make a simple outfit complete and can lift your mood too! I think people are definitely drawn towards statement accessories which is why I wanted to create my own designs.

Once I was set on studying in this subject area, I went to visit LCF on an open day. Whist looking around the college I met a very cool guy working on a pair of beautiful shoes, he told me how he also interned at Terry de Havilland. He assured me that this was the course for me – it was very inspiring and I haven’t looked back since!

LCF News: Who or what has inspired you creatively in your life?

CE: As an only child I quite often had to entertain myself so I was pretty creative! I used to draw, style, make, build, and paint anything I could get my hands on. However now I find inspiration in everything, a gallery visit, a headline in a magazine, something I’ve seen out and about and through lots of online research!

LCF News: What did you enjoy most about studying at LCF?

CE: I enjoyed the fact that the course was very specific and tailored towards a career in shoe design and fashion at the end of it! I loved that I was also able to intern with footwear designers throughout my time at LCF. This worked well alongside the course and helped me get my foot in the door after I graduated. There were also lots of industry projects and competitions which was exciting and broadened my perspective while studying.

LCF News: What is most important to you when designing?

CE: I think it’s most important to try and create something I would like to wear myself and most importantly a design that people would love to wear!

LCF News: What are your plans for the future?

CE: To build the brand and keep designing. I am now working on my Pre-fall 15 collection which I am really excited about.

LCF News: What advice would you give to someone wanting to study your course at LCF?

CE: If this is the course for you, do it! It is a very exciting career to get in to and this is really the best course in the world to study shoe design…maybe I am just biased!

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