London College of Fashion has taught beauty and hair since its technical college days over 100 years ago. Now students in the Fashion Business School can learn MSc Cosmetic Science, and go on to become key players in the beauty industry which is worth £17billion to the UK economy.
1925 Women´s hairdressing class
An evening student creating “water wave” on wig
c.1920s Women´s hairdressing class
Student client getting a permanent wave
1963 Science Class at John Princes Street
1967 Science Class at John Princes Street
Here the student is testing the efficacy of cosmetic ingredients for hair in hair tresses.
How to make a lipstick
Weighing the powder which gives toothpaste its chalky texture.
Here the student is mixing glycerine, which is a humectant that prevents the toothpaste drying out.
What’s the position of science in fashion?
"Science is an integral part of the fashion industry and many don’t realise that! From the engineer who designs new materials using a new polymer, to the perfumers and cosmetic scientists who formulate the fine fragrances and make up that is used to create unique looks and concepts. All of which require science and technology, which fits so seamlessly into fashion, that it becomes unnoticeable."
Find out about Jasmine's experience of the course and her placement year in industry on LCF News
Bethany Dean, MSc Cosmetic Science
"I had a real interest in science and went on to take chemistry and biology at A-Level along with textiles to incorporate my art and design side. I wanted to combine the two and really push myself to go BIG! It was actually my mum who came across MSc Cosmetic Science and as soon as I saw it I was like – yes! This is me!"
Read more about Bethany's experience studying Cosmetic Science on LCF News
When this base, made by MSc Cosmetic Science students, is mixed with different colours, it becomes a coloured lip gloss.
These are the pigments which are mixed with the lip gloss base to produce different colours.
Visitors could try the scratch and sniff hair wall.
Alumna Kristin Katakami
"My favourite thing about my job is seeing my product through from concept to launch and then to finally see it in the shops or in press coverage – that’s the ultimate."
Meet alumna Florence Adepoju
After graduating from MSc Cosmetic Science, Florence founded cosmetics company MDMFlow, making lipsticks in a workshop in her garden shed.
Her brand has gone on to huge success, and is now stocked all over the world.
Read a recent article about MDMFlow on Teen Vogue
MSc Cosmetic Science at London College of Fashion, UAL is an Integrated Masters course. Integrated Masters courses combine undergraduate and postgraduate study allowing you to continue on to a Masters year without having to reapply. You are covered by student finance for the duration of the degree too.
Programme Director: Danka Tamburic
Course Leader: Diogo Balthazar
With special thanks to alumna Florence Adepoju, as well as Odette Toilette who curated LCF Formulates, and LP Studio for the LCF Formulates exhibition design.