I don’t usually like to boast about my life, but today I really feel like I should. I am lucky enough to work at London College of Fashion, where I spend my days dealing with amazing academic staff who create and teach on some of the most inspiring higher education fashion courses in the world.
Sometimes though, we focus on the tiny details of our jobs so much that we forget the bigger picture. Once in a while, it’s nice to be reminded why we do it. Today’s all-staff meeting has left me buzzing with excitement about what LCF does and what our students and staff achieve – so much so, I felt I had to share a bit of this creative energy with you.
We were told about this year’s LCF Loves You street casting which set out to find a diverse and unique selection of models to complement the students’ work, rather than having to rely on the rather ‘samey’ offerings from model agencies. Creative Director Rob Phillips even joined us live on the big screen from a photo studio at the LCF site in Shepherd’s Bush where he was with some of the models, shooting the winning work from a recent partnership project with Lonsdale.
Camilla Howarth shared an inspirational story of a special magazine project between students and female offenders in prison, and Terry Finnigan summarised more ways in which LCF is connecting with a wider community. We were also shown this amazing video featuring work from students in the School of Design Technology and models found via the LCF Loves You street casting.
If this has inspired you, there’s a lot more from the 2012 shows and exhibitions on the LCF Snapshot blog, plus you can view the entire catwalk show and links to the students’ portfolios on the LCF 2012 microsite. I tell you what, I can’t wait to begin my part time studies on the MA History and Culture of Fashion in September. This is the start of something big.