Better Lives

Better Lives is a term we use here at London College of Fashion to describe the work we do that uses fashion, as a discipline, to drive change, build a sustainable future and improve the way we live.

Through a wide agenda, which includes; social responsibility, environmental sustainability, awareness-raising and collaboration, we encourage dialogue between staff, students and our wider community to develop an understanding of how we can use fashion to create better lives for all. Here are a number of our projects, initiatives and collaborations that reflect our belief in using fashion as a catalyst for change.

A featured Better Lives project

In early summer 2015, Professor Helen Storey MBE RDI hosted a multisensory event at London College of Fashion to discuss using creativity to tackle global issues, such as climate change, with fashion commentator Caryn Franklin MBE.

Focus on sustainability

Our staff and students carry out extensive research to address the many challenges facing the fashion industry, and through continuous learning and collaborative practice we have been able to build sustainability into all corners of the curriculum here at the college.

Working in the community and with charities

We actively work with our local and wider communities including; charities and foundations, community organisations, in schools and prisons. We offer opportunities to engage with fashion education, raising the aspirations of the people we work with and awareness of social issues amongst our students and staff. We also actively develop collaborative relationships with our external partners, using fashion education to address the challenges of ethical business practice, social responsibility and environmental sustainability.

Fashion education in prisons

We work with prisons to integrate fashion and making into prisoners' day to day lives and provide them with skills that they can use in the future.