The history of womenswear at London College of Fashion, from the archives to BA, to MA and beyond
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.
MA Womenswear Catwalk
"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 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
"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
" 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
"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
"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."
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
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
"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
"‘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
BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear
BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles: Embroidery
BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles: Knit
BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles: Print