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Alexander McQueen illustration competition

Louise o'Keeffe, BA (Hons) Fashion Illustration 2013. View Louise's Showtime profile by clicking the image.

Louise o’Keeffe, BA (Hons) Fashion Illustration 2013. View Louise’s Showtime profile by clicking the image.

Calling all LCF undergraduate students! This is your chance to get involved in an amazing competition and product collaboration between LCF,the V&A Museum, Alexander McQueen, and participating colleges within UAL. This exciting competition will celebrate the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition at the V&A, recognising the continuing influence of Alexander McQueen on current and future fashion creatives and professionals.

To enter, students must create a drawing, inspired by an Alexander McQueen collection, moment, or specific outfit. 4-6 drawings will then be selected by a panel of judges and reproduced as open edition colour prints that will then be sold in the V&A shop online. The competition is open to all undergraduates from all courses, so don’t be shy to enter!

A final selection will be made by Claire Wilcox, LCF Chair in Fashion Curation and V&A Curator for Alexander McQueen exhibition, Annabelle Dodds, V&A Buyer for the Shop and Ligaya Salazar, Director of the Fashion Space Gallery at LCF.

The award to the winners will be £250 and professional and public exposure, as every submitted entry will be seen by V&A Curatorial and Commercial teams, Alexander McQueen creative and commercial teams, then sold in the V&A shop and viewed by all shop visitors. The student’s name will appear on the print.

The competition will be open until 1 December and you can find out more information by going to MyArts > Careers and Employability > LCF Careers > Competitions.

The winners will be notified at the end of December and the prints will be made in time for the exhibition opening on 14 March. They will be sold throughout the duration of the show.

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François-Henri Pinault announces new partnership between Kering and LCF

Francine Lacqua Editor-at-Large for Bloomberg Television,  François-Henri Pinault Chief Executive Officer of Kering and  Marie-Claire Daveu, Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of International Institutional Affairs at Kering. Photograph, Alex Maguire

Francine Lacqua Editor-at-Large for Bloomberg Television,
François-Henri Pinault Chief Executive Officer of Kering and
Marie-Claire Daveu, Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of International Institutional Affairs at Kering. Photograph, Alex Maguire

London College of Fashion’s RHS space was overflowing last night as students, press and industry came to watch François-Henri Pinault announce Kering’s five year partnership with LCF’s Centre for Sustainable Fashion. The partnership includes a talk each year, an annual Kering Award  for Sustainable Fashion, and a joint curriculum unit. More details will be circulated after the student briefing on Friday 31 October by My.LCF email and on MyArts.

Mr Pinault was joined by Marie-Claire Daveu, Kering’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Head of College Professor Frances Corner, and Professor Dilys Williams, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, for a panel chaired by Francine Lacqua Editor-at-Large for Bloomberg Television.

Photograph: Alex Maguire

Photograph: Alex Maguire

The talk began with Mr Pinault and Professor Corner outlining their committment to sustainability, before the panel was each asked a question by Francine, then questions were taken from the students.

Mr Pinault and Ms Daveu outlined some of the steps Kering has taken to improve sustainability as a group and within its brands, such as Gucci’s zero-deforestation handbag, Volcom’s 100% organic cotton denim collection, their new Materials Innovation Lab in Northern Italy, a comprehensive library of sustainable materials and the Kering Environmental Profit and Loss Account, a tool which calculates the monetary value of any environmental damage caused along their supply chains.

François-Henri Pinault Chief Executive Officer of Kering, and Professor Frances Corner. Photograph: Alex Maguire.

François-Henri Pinault Chief Executive Officer of Kering, and Professor Frances Corner. Photograph: Alex Maguire.

Frances Corner was asked what role education can play in addressing the challenges of sustainability within the fashion industry, to which she replied that at Primary and Secondary School this is fundamental to our education then when we reach university it must not be forgotten. Cross-disciplinary collaboration was a key element of innovation – mixing chemists, designers, ecologists and creatives to truly experiment. Dilys Williams said that LCF’s Centre for Sustainable Fashion was well placed to partner with Kering on such an ambitious agenda as they have established ties with organisations around the world with a shared sense of urgency to use human creativity to transform practice and culture with style. She said that the curriculum element of the partnership was groundbreaking as it would create platforms which could be shared with the rest of the industry. Mr Pinault too, said that Kering were developing new working practices with they ‘will share with our competitors.’

L-R: Imran Ahmed, Sarah Mower, Suzy Menkes and guest, Jamie Bill. Photograph Alex Maguire

L-R: Imran Ahmed, Sarah Mower, Suzy Menkes and guest, Jamie Bill. Photograph Alex Maguire

When asked which of Kering’s brands would be involved in the project, Marie-Claire Daveu said that all of them would be involved in different ways, and it was useful to work with different sized companies on their approaches. She finished with:

‘I am proud to announce…that the winners each year of the Kering Award for Sustainable Fashion will receive an internship for two months at a Kering brand, which for this year will be Stella McCartney, and Alexander McQueen.’

The talk ended with Mr Pinault and Professor Corner signing the official contract for the five-year partnership.

To watch the film of the talk, click this image to visit LCF Replay

  • Read more about the partnership on Centre for Sustainable Fashion’s blog
  • If you missed the talk you can watch the whole film on LCF Replay 
  • There will be a student briefing today Friday 31 October, which is already fully booked, but the film of that and the student brief will be available on MyArts under ‘Careers and Employability > LCF Careers > Competitions’

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Last minute Halloween makeup ideas from the horrors at LCF

That’s right, Halloween is just around the corner and we know what it’s like – you should be excited but you’ve been so wrapped up and busy getting back into uni life that suddenly it’s a day before the big All Hallows Eve, all the good outfits are sold out, it’s too late to mail order and you’re stuck with a pair of fangs, some eyeliner and a ripped up sheet.

But fear not! Thanks to the wonders of Instagram, we have spotted some wonderful creativity coming out of our BA (Hons) Hair, Make-Up and Prosthetics for Performance course, just in time for Friday. We were so impressed with their ideas that we have enlisted their help to get us in the party mood and give us some much needed tips on using make-up to terrify and amaze our friends and fellow party-goers.

1. The half-dead

@muamaya

@muamayaman

What with the clocks going back and the season change, we’re all feeling pretty wretched. With @muamayaman’s look you really can be pretty and wretched – a half and half skeleton face with incredible detail. The artist told us:

This one was a workshop creating a skull influenced by Billyb’s makeup in Lady Gaga’s music video “Born this way”. I used my aqua pallet and ‘carbon’ M•A•C eye shadow finishing off with Collection 2000′s liquid eyeliner to add the cracked detailing.”

2. Smiling through the pain

@muamayaman

@muamayaman

Another one from @muamayaman, it’s simple and horrifying and cute, all at the same time:

“This is Halloween inspired makeup on my sister. I’ve used Liquid latex, and my Derma greasepaint pallet, finished of with my M•A•C “Russian Red” lipstick.”

3. The full skull shocker

@tabithalimakeup

@tabithalimakeup

@tabithlimakeup has taken on the full skull, really working into the design to create shadowy crevices and puckered bones to set your teeth on edge – don’t creep up on anyone in the dark. Tabitha told us:

“The look is part of our enhancing and distorting a performer project. I used aqua colours for the general basic colours, shapes and shadows, and then I defined the lines using mac eye shadows and a felt line.”

4. The beautiful and the damned

@hollynicoleish

@hollynicoleish

Perhaps you’re more about creating something hauntingly beautiful? @hollynicoleish has some inspiration for you –  a creation with black lace, whited out face and bewitching eyelids:

“It was a fashion and editorial look using lace on the skin and a lace pattern over the lid.”

5. Zombie on ice

@kessiaharthur

@kessiaharthur

We don’t even know where to start with this one… it’s just so gruesome. If you want to really terrify, try the frozen zombie from @kessiaharthur (kessiahfilmdesign.co.uk) who created this on one of our Short Courses - Special Effects Makeup for Film and TV tutored by Susanna Peretz. Chilling.

6. Straight up gore

@eddlezteddlez

@eddlezteddlez

@eddleteddlez (edmellormua.weebly.com/portfoliohas got the gory look nailed – or rather, slashed –  with this one. A handy way to horror-up whatever you’re wearing on the night.

We’ll leave you with those images burning their way into your mind’s eye. Before the nightmares get to you, we’d love to see your Halloween creations so give us a fright on Instagram @lcflondon_ and Twitter @LCFLondon.

Happy Halloween fashion horrors!

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The Art of Dress, a fashion film

LCF alumnus, Gsus Lopez, has created a fashion film for LCF’s Art of Dress exhibition. The exhibition, which is currently touring five international cities of style, celebrates that iconic item, the dress.

LCF talent in the form of both alumni and academics are involved in every stage of the exhibition as it visits New York, Dubai, Shanghai, Florence and London.

Gsus’ Art of Dress film stars Holly Weston, Keira Duffy and Jose Wickert and features some of the incredible dresses from the exhibition. Keira, as the lady in waiting wears a dress from Casey Gan (BA Hons Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear 2012)  whilst Jose as footman wears both Alexis Housden‘s (BA Hons Fashion Design Technology: Menswear 2013) pink menswear and Harriet O’Connor’s dress. Holly as queen wear’s Rachel O’Mahoney‘s ‘Elizabeth’ dress.

Gsus graduated from part-time BA (Hons) Fashion Media this year and has since gone on to create a successful kickstarter project, the film OUT.

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Inside set design with Simon Costin and Gary Card

Inside the Industry with Simon Costin and Gary Card

Inside the Industry with Simon Costin and Gary Card

Last week Inside the Industry welcomed two of set design’s biggest stars – Simon Costin and Gary Card. The designers were invited by Fashion Space Gallery’s Director Ligaya Salazar, as part of the events programme accompanying Simon Costin’s Impossible Catwalk Shows.

Simon opened by considering the art of set design and how he started out:

“There’s a thin line between presenting what’s in the collection and overpowering it.”

Simon started out by working with Gareth Pugh, assisting him when he was just out of college. As budgets were tight, Simon would have to come up with simple and effective set designs – one was a piece of material loosely pinned to the floor with a wind machine causing it to billow up. Simon said:

“It was a simple idea that was so effective – we had to teach the models how to ponystep down the catwalk.”

Next the pair got stuck into talking about their mutual passion. Here’s the lowdown:

What do you do on a shoot?

GC: “Stand next to the chaise longue and say it needs to be moved 2mm? I’ve never know what I should do!”

SC: “I generally look busy in the corner and wait to be called over! But really there is no rule book.”

How do you feel about taking down the sets after the event/show?

SC: “It’s very intense – it’s like a butterfly, it glitters for that moment and then it’s gone. I used to hate it at the end of the event – when all of the lights go up – as that’s when the magic goes. It’s all about the moment; it’s ephemeral.”

GC: “I find it very cathartic to throw it in the skip!”

What’s the hardest and most important lesson you’ve learnt from working in the industry?

GC: “Don’t turn up to the job drunk or stinking of booze!”

SC: “Creativity is a huge part of this job but building up client skills is really important. It’s important to recognise when someone might be out of their depth and to be able to manage them well – but this is something that comes over time. You can’t learn it all from a book.”

Inside the Industry with Simon Costin and Gary Card Inside the Industry with Simon Costin and Gary Card Inside the Industry with Simon Costin and Gary Card

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