Jean Paul Gaultier: Be My Guest is now open at LCF’s Fashion Space Gallery, bringing together the fashion designer’s graphic design work for the first time.
Dating from the early 1980s to the present day, pieces include, the couturier’s unique designs for invitations to haute couture and prêt-à-porter, as well as his iconic advertising campaigns. Be My Guest reflects how Gaultier has shaped his image and translated his visionary catwalk collections into these graphic works.
The exhibition comes alongside The Barbican Art Gallery’s retrospective of the designer, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk.
- Photography: Katie Davies
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Craft of Use exhibition at LCF featuring photography by Kerry Dean. Centre model: Jean Woods.
Conversations on alternative forms of fashion have flowed from the success of Craft of Use hosted by LCF and the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, and led by researcher Kate Fletcher.
The event, which saw artists, academics and fashion designers come together to discuss fashion beyond consumerism, generated lively thoughts and stories online and on site.
As Kate writes,
“Fashion is seen as the poster child of consumerism, but it can be so much more.”
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First year FdA Designer Pattern Cutter students (now BA (Hons) Fashion Pattern Cutting) have kicked off an industry collaboration with the charity Sue Ryder.
With a brief set by the charity which asks the student to recycle and upcycle in order to create innovative fashion pieces, the students were guided by ethical fashion entrepreneur Nin Castle.
Nin is founder of ethical fashion label, Good One, which specialises in upcycling to create cutting edge design.
Working with Sue Ryder and Nin, the students have begun experimenting with second hand garments from the charity, which sells second hand clothing in its fundraising stores across the UK. The project is called ‘Saved’.
Michelle Watton , Business Development Co-ordinator at Sue Ryder, spoke about her excitement at working with the LCF students on ‘Saved’, adding:
“Nin’s experience of using recycled textiles whilst still creating excellently designed clothes clearly inspired the students.”
The project will continue over the summer term with students realising their upcycled designs.
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Starting Monday and running until 7th May, to celebrate the launch of Head of College Prof Frances Corner OBE’s new book Why Fashion Matters we will be discussing why fashion matters across Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Join in the conversation and tell us why fashion matters to you.
In the book, Professor Corner explores the intricacies and contradictions of the fashion industry, looking at its impact on the economy, society and the individual and we will be showcasing the eclectic and exciting work produced by LCF and its students.
We will also be hosting tweet chats from @LCFLondon throughout the month of April asking why fashion matters to the individual (16th April), the economy (23rd April) and to society (30th April).
Submit your questions and thoughts on why fashion matters using the twitter hash tag #whyfashionmatters. To find out more click here.
The best tweet from each chat will win two tickets to Professor Corner’s official press and industry book launch at the Café Royal on Wednesday 7th May.
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Jordanna Rae Andrews – BA (Hons) Fashion Sportswear, 2013
Fashion sportswear is big business and growing, according to a recent report by ‘big data’ company EDITD. The company trawls through vast quantities of data from retail websites to track product performance and trends by analysing stock levels, prices, replenishments and discounts, as well as mentions of key phrases across social media channels.
Hot on the heels of Topshop’s high-profile collaboration with Adidas Originals, EDITD compiled a succinct, publicly available report on the sector, with a range of statistical data to support the ‘sportswear revolution’ claim. The report points to the growing popularity of exercise classes – “in the US, there has been 29% increase in yoga practice since 2008″ – and the emergence of high-end sportswear labels and collaborations:
“Premium sportswear brands like Lululemon have made it perfectly acceptable to wear activewear in day-to-day life, Stella McCartney’s involvement with Adidas has given designer kudos and the catwalk is mimicking with sports luxe being rehashed season after season.”
This is evidenced by statistics about sales and stock increases: sales of women’s activewear increased 9% in 2013, compared to 2012; in the first quarter of 2014 there has been “a 38% increase in the number of new activewear leggings arriving at online retailers globally, compared to the same period one year ago”.
LCF offer a range of courses that will equip students to take advantage of the fashion sportswear revolution. BA (Hons) Fashion Sportswear is one of the only courses of its kind in the UK, training the sportswear design stars of the future. We also offer a wide array of business, management, marketing and retail courses to get those designs sprinting off the shelves; view a full list on our Fashion Means Business page.
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