Ram Place Market
London College of Fashion students ran a market stall in this collaborative project with the Barbican and Create London.
For ten days in July 2014, Ram Place in Hackney was transformed into a fashion and art hub by the Barbican and Create London. The commission, which drew inspiration from the Barbican’s The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From Sidewalk to Catwalk exhibition, took over a derelict site and transformed it into a lively fashion market and creative event hub.
The market place showcased a mixture of local, established and emerging designers including a selection of students and recent graduates from LCF. Students from the BA Fashion Jewellery, BA Fashion Textiles and BA (Hons) Cordwainers Fashion Bags and Accessories courses presented exclusive and affordable one-off products for sale over two weekends at the College Shop pop-up.
During the week, the event programme included two LCF collaborations. The LCF x Art Against Knives project participants paid a visit to help teach a small leather goods workshop alongside LCF technician Tracey Kench. Over the afternoon, people from the local community were taught a range of simple leathercraft and finishing techniques to produce leather cuffs and purses of their own design.
Meanwhile, members of the public were welcome to drop in to the demonstration stall, where LCF graduate Makbule Yanar spent the day transforming found objects and unwanted items into beautiful, delicate knitted jewellery pieces using her knit and knot techniques.
In conjunction with Ram Place Market, Create London ran an employability programme aimed at young people from Hackney who were not already in education or employment. With a focus on the creative industries, 30 young people gained work experience with a range of employers including London College of Fashion and Dazed Group. LCF also hosted a half-day event, introducing the whole group to fashion education and the wide range of courses and opportunities available at the university.