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FASHION MAKES STYLE: LCF WOMENSWEAR

The history of womenswear at London College of Fashion, from the archives to BA, to MA and beyond

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BA16 lookbook Zaiga Brutane, Tsun Cheung, Caroline Klemp and Joseph Mangan, LCF BA16 (2016) by Zaiga Brutane/Joseph Mangan/Tsun Cheung Lai/Caroline Klemp/LCFLondon College of Fashion

Womenswear at LCF

Discover LCF's long history in womenswear and the exceptional graduate talent from recent years.

First Dressmaking Room 1915 (1915) by UnknownLondon College of Fashion

1915
London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London started life as three trade schools: Shoreditch Technical Institute Girls School (1906) with Barrett Trade School (1915) and Clapham Trade School (1920). These schools trained girls in the art of dressmaking, millinery, embroidery and hairdressing. Here is LCF's first dressmaking room in 1915.

Fashion show, 1934 (1934) by UnknownLondon College of Fashion

1930s
In the 1930s and through World War II, the schools realised the significance of the fledgling ready-to-wear market and trained pupils accordingly. This radical approach to design education is as pioneering today as it was back then.

"Fashion for Beaux and Belles" Fashion show 1958 (1934) by UnknownLondon College of Fashion

1958
"Fashion for Beaux and Belles" Fashion show in 1958

BA16 lookbook Jay Biscarra and Giverney Grace Volrath, LCF BA16 Fashion (2016) by Jay Biscarra/Giverney Grace Volrath/LCFLondon College of Fashion

Next in line...

Explore the themes and inspiration behind 2015, 2016 and 2017's BA and MA womenswear collections. From the exploration of texture and print, to reimagining ideas of femininity, these students tell us what inspired them, in their own words.

LCF MA18 Womenswear Jiali Lu (2018-01-05) by Jiali LuLondon College of Fashion

Jiali Lu, MA18

MA16 Womenswear behind the scenesLondon College of Fashion

2016
MA Womenswear Catwalk

BA16 lookbook Andrew Ko, LCF BA16 Fashion (2016) by Andrew Ko/LCFLondon College of Fashion

Reimagining feminity

LCF students explore modern femininity - strength, independence and individuality.

BA16 lookbook Andrew Ko, LCF BA16 Fashion (2016) by Andrew Ko/LCFLondon College of Fashion

Andrew Ko explores female strength
Describe your collection in five words...
"Dark, new avant-garde, timeless, fierce and serious."

Find out about Andrew Ko's graduate collection on LCF News

LCFMA17 Womenswear by LorenzoBuzzi (2016)London College of Fashion

Lorenzo Buzzi
"My collection is called The Story of Vanda. I was inspired by a book that explores the role of women in 1920-60s American society. The book talked about women in advertising campaigns and the way males created this perception of what women had to be at that time."

Zhixian Wang, LCF MA Womenswear (December 2015) by Zhixian Wang/LCFOriginal Source: http://www.arts.ac.uk/fashion/courses/postgraduate/ma-fashion-design-technology-womenswear/

Zhixian Wang

"My final collection is based on San Mao, Chinese poet and writer. San Mao spent her whole life seeking freedom and true love, she had a romantic but sad love story with her husband in the Sahara desert. I love her poems and stories, so I wanted to use her in my collection, I wanted to represent her story in my design style... she was a very strong woman."

Find out about Zhixian Wang's graduate collection on LCF News

Ning Xu, LCF MA16 Womenswear (December 2015) by Ning Xu/LCFLondon College of Fashion

Ning Xu explores functionality
"Every garment is reversible, and the detachable details such as the collar, the hood or the pocket, offer a different way of wearing the garments."

Find out about Ning Xu's graduate collection on LCF News

LCF MA18 Womenswear Dmitry Gotsfried (2018-01-05) by Dmitry GotsfriedLondon College of Fashion

Dmitry Gotsfried, MA18

Yiri Sui, LCF MA Womenswear (December 2015) by Yiri Sui/LCFLondon College of Fashion

Texture

BA and MA graduates utilise surface texture and fabric to new ends.

BA16 lookbook Gayane Arzumanova and Beth Wilson, LCF BA16 (2016) by Gayane Arzumanova/Beth Wilson/LCFLondon College of Fashion

Gayane Arzumanova
"My graduate collection has a strong textile influence – the shapes and silhouettes revealed from collages are exaggerated, with minimal details. I have developed the illusion of stone texture using leather melting techniques. My team and I have achieved the creation of a transient moment, and the illusion of thickness and softness."
Find out about Gayane Arzumanova's graduate collection on LCF News

LCF MA18 Womenswear Eren (2018-01-05) by Eren HayashiLondon College of Fashion

Eren, MA18
" The concept is about exploring the imaginative fourth dimension and twisted space, by expanding my practice into untried forms of three-dimensionally intertwined weaves."

Find out about Eren Hayashi's graduate collection on LCF News

Lauren Lake, LCF MA Womenswear (December 2015) by Lauren Lake/LCFLondon College of Fashion

Lauren Lake
"My final collection is called ‘Some Girls Aren’t Meant to Be Tamed’. The inspiration came from traditional Roma Gypsies, it’s based on their rawness and their fun edge, mixed with a modern-day women. I mixed it with traditional Inuit dress and women of that culture."
Find out about Lauren Lake's graduate collection on LCF News

LCFMA17 Womenswear by Chen Zhi (2016)London College of Fashion

Chen Zhi
"While Playground, an all-knitwear collection, conveys playfulness and lightness, it is underpinned by highly intricate and sophisticated structures. The elaborate patterns, rich colours and distinct textures are all knitted into one piece of seamless fabric."

BA16 lookbook Roberta Kruminaite, LCF BA16 Womenswear (2016) by Roberta Kruminaite/LCFLondon College of Fashion

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Desiree Slabik, LCF MA Womenswear (December 2015) by Desiree Slabik/LCFLondon College of Fashion

Desirée Slabik

Describe your collection in 5 words...
"Sculptural, organic, white – colourful, conceptual, tactile"

Find out about Desirée Slabik's graduate collection on LCF News

BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles (2016) by LCFLondon College of Fashion

BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles (2016) by LCFLondon College of Fashion

Tsitsi Fred, BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles, with her work at the Lime Grove site.

BA16 lookbook Orel Brodt and Maria Edwina Tjandra, LCF BA16 (2016) by Maria Edwina Tjandra/Orel Brodt/LCFLondon College of Fashion

In the detail

Embellishment, layering and print are just some of the ways that our graduates play with detail to make their work their own.

LCF MA18 Womenswear Ruoya Xu (2018-01-05) by Ruoya XuLondon College of Fashion

Ruoya Xu, MA18

LCFMA17 Womenswear by Katrina Wilson (2015) by Katrina WilsonLondon College of Fashion

Katrina Wilson

"The collection incorporated a lot of print and knotting. It was very spontaneous. Tribes had a practical and functional element, but they also painted their bodies because they wanted to show off and represent themselves with colour and drawings and it was very creative and inspired by nature. So that’s where the prints come from."

BA16 lookbook Jaewon Sophie, Fotini Handra and Sarah Forgie, LCF BA16 (2016) by Jaewon Sophie Kim/Fotini Handra/Sarah Forgie/LCFLondon College of Fashion

Jaewon Sophie Kim
"The shapes come from John Chamberlain’s works where parts of cars were crushed and twisted. The shapes were first developed in paper on stand by cutting, twisting, and adding volume with paper shapes. Then they were refined and developed into wearable garment details – collars and sleeves – or as decorative features for example."

Find out about Jaewon Sophie Kim's graduate collection on LCF News

BA16 lookbook Olga Tytarenko, Emily-Louise Coveney and Nina De Marco, LCF BA16 (2016) by Olga Tytarenko/Emily-Louise Coveney/Nina De Marco/LCFLondon College of Fashion

Emily-Louise Coveney
Describe your work in five words...
"Fun, adventurous, textural, detailed, mystical."

Find out about Olga Tytarenko, Emily-Louise Coveney and Nina De Marco's graduate collection on LCF News

BA16 lookbook Hyone Chi and Flora Murray, LCF BA16 (2016) by Hyone Chi/Flora Murray/LCFLondon College of Fashion

Hyone Chi
"I used minimal fabrics and colours, so the focus was on the characteristics of the design. I only used black so people could really see and feel the silhouette and details of garments as they are."
Find out about Hyone Chi's graduate collection on LCF News

Yutong Jiang, LCF MA15 Womenswear (2015) by Yutong Jiang/LCFLondon College of Fashion

Yutong Jiang
"‘Naughty girl’ emerged as the initial character and the soul of this collection. ‘Naughty’ suggests a combination of ‘Rebellious’, ‘Crazy’ and ‘Sexy’ and implies a sense of humour. "
Read about Yutong Yiang's graduate collection on
LCF News

Maria Plankov, LCF MA15 Womenswear (2015) by Maria Plankov/LCFLondon College of Fashion

BA15 Editorial Camila Lopes and Catherine Wang, LCF BA15 (2015) by Catherine Wang/Camila Lopes/LCFLondon College of Fashion

Print

Print and pattern is explored by students from womenswear and textiles courses at LCF, through experimentation, trial and error, traditional dying techniques as well as innovative ones. 

Womenswear (2015) by Scottacus AnthonyLondon College of Fashion

Scottacus Anthony
"I played with the idea of tailoring, creative pattern cutting and innovating digital prints."
Find out about Scottacus Anthony's graduate collection on LCF News

LCF MA18 Womenswear Xuyunqi (2018-01-05) by XuyunqiLondon College of Fashion

Xuyunqui, MA18

Womenswear (2015) by Scottacus AnthonyLondon College of Fashion

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BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear
BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles: Embroidery
BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles: Knit
BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles: Print

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