Consultancy and Partnerships
London College of Fashion builds world-class collaborations and partnerships with education institutions, cultural organisations and leading brands across the globe.
These collaborations result into innovative research projects and joint programmes aimed a challenging the boundaries of where fashion intersects with technology, craft, business and enterprise. The relationships we create lead to sustainable ventures that support cultural, economic and social development globally.
What we offer:
- Curriculum development with a relevance to the global fashion industry.
- Collaborative projects and research with industry and education institutions.
- Consultancy to enhance quality assurance and internationalisation of academic provision.
- Development of institutional links for student and staff mobility.
Find out about some of our ongoing and past projects with institutions across the globe.
Collaboration with Argentinian university network Interdiseno
London College of Fashion was invited to participate in a collaborative residency with the INTERDISENO University Network in Argentina.
Academic Amanda Johnston visited Argentina in late 2016 to discuss the role of sustainability in the fashion industry at the Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Industrial (INTI) Buenos Aires, Tucuman University, and San Javier University Residence. The residency culminated in a four-day programme in San Javier.
The INTERDISENO project encompasses eight universities from Misiones, Tucuman, Santa Fe, Pergamino, San Juan, Cordoba, Mar del Plata and Neuquén, encouraging knowledge exchange, collaboration and cross-fertilisation of ideas.
Amanda delivered a sustainability lecture in Buenos Aires, lectured on and participated in traditional craft workshops in Tucuman, and led workshops on the Fashion Manifesto and gave a presentation on luxury in San Javier.
Industry consultancy: Istanbul
LCF has an established partnership with Istanbul Moda Academy (IMA). Our involvement supports the provision of curriculum and academic consultancy and quality assurance. The collaboration includes contribution from LCF’s academics to support their undergraduate course delivery, which is central to the development their fashion design programme.
Our experts consult on staffing and resources, short courses and CPD (Continuing Professional Development) for industry professionals and is now supporting the local institute in the development of a HE programme.
Curriculum consultancy: Beirut
The Lebanese American University (LAU), ELIE SAAB and London College of Fashion, UAL have partnered to establish the region’s most exciting fashion design program, with designer’s exploring how their design practice can regenerate the local and regional fashion sector. Lebanese American University launched the Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design in collaboration with ELIE SAAB in March 2013, with a view to creating a fashion design program that acknowledges Middle Eastern culture whilst establishing global relevance for Lebanese fashion practitioners. The inaugural class enrolled in September, 2013 and will see its first cohort graduate in 2017.
Over the past four years LCF, UAL have been delivering curriculum consultancy on the BA in Fashion Design. We also deliver intensive studio workshops as part of the introductory program as well as intermediary level, allowing students to experience LCF methodologies.
This is the first major strategic partnership in the field of fashion design between a prominent international fashion house, a leading American academic institution in the Middle East and a globally recognised fashion college. And by helping faculty become acquainted with the pedagogic methodologies employed at LCF, UAL, with the intention that LAU promote self-awareness of their own brand and continue their professional development.
Hotel Odessa Project
The idea behind this project was inspired by the fashion community and the burgeoning design and style people in Odessa, plus the beauty and vibrancy of the city.
We went to Odessa and were supported by local Model Agencies, photographers, hairdressers, designers and accessory makers, make-up artists, milliners, sunglasses designers and more. The LCF partner in the Ukraine, called Donstream, and Helen Khilova provided office space for casting and logistics. Originally a one-day shoot, in the end we shot for 3 days across the city. The whole point was to "learn" through practice, not through theory.
Designer consultancy and education provision: International Fashion Showcase
London College of Fashion is an official education partner of The International Fashion Showcase (IFS), organised by the British Council and British Fashion Council. This festival of emerging designers runs alongside London Fashion Week. LCF provides IFS the Designers Support Programme and the educational provision.
The event is organised with London embassies and cultural institutes to showcase their countries’ most exciting designers in an exhibition that reflects their nations’ contemporary culture. During the festival LCF offers advice to emerging international designers, delivers workshops and chairs a round table discussion.
There is also an award for best exhibition, which is judged by a panel of cultural and commercial fashion experts in recognition of the participants' creativity and ingenuity.
Curriculum consultancy: China
London College of Fashion is working with Donghua University (DHU) to develop the course curriculum for their new Fashion Communication Programme (Shanghai International College of Fashion and Innovation (SCF)). LCF is part of a tripartite partnership which also includes Edinburgh College of Art (ECA), University of Edinburgh.
The project will span across 8 years and in this time it will cover all aspects from:
- Curriculum design of the Fashion Communication programme;
- Continuing Professional Development;
- Support with staff and student recruitment.
Indonesia Fashion Forward
LCF’s Centre for Fashion Enterprise is collaborating with the Femina Group and the British Council, Indonesia (BCI), on a consultancy programme to emerging fashion designers in Indonesia.
The CFE team have established a regional hub for a select group of Indonesian fashion designers from which to deliver tried-and-tested workshops, such as New Market Entry, and Pioneer, to incubate the talent in preparation for an international market. Since 2012, Indonesia Fashion Forward has been introducing brands to new territories.
The Indonesia label Paulina Katarina explain the benefits gained from the program
The IFF/CFE Program provides an incredible platform for Indonesian designers to internationalise our brand. The mentors who were assigned to the program are extremely professional, experienced and helpful. They taught us how to reassess our own brand and business structure.
Analysing our identity and differentiation proved to be crucial in positioning our label in the international market. We became aware of our own potential and the program helps us learn how to maximize our strengths and manage our weaknesses.
So far the overall experience has been invaluable and we are very grateful to be able to participate in this program.
In 2015, Centre for Fashion Enterprise invited four young designers from across the Mediterranean to spend up to six months in residence at CFE in London.
The YOTA programme, funded by the European Commission, provided an opportunity for designers to receive crucial support from the CFE and extend networks with key contacts in the United Kingdom to benefit their business in their home country. The young designers benefited from CFE’s renowned designer business support programme, delivered by experts in business planning, sales, marketing (traditional and digital) and legal coaching.
Israeli design duo Muslin Brothers and Turkish designer Bashaques have completed their six month residencies in April 2016. Since the completion of their residency, Muslin Brothers have presented their collection at a showroom in Paris.
Basak Cankes (of Bashaques) said of her experience
“In the future I want to be in some universal fashion shows not just in Istanbul, so the programme helped me to make it real in London”. While Muslin Brothers commented, “It was great to have the depth of support and the opportunity to view your business from afar.”
The final two designers currently taking part in the YOTA programme are Maya Bash from Israel and Ece Gozen from Turkey.
Hyeres International Fashion and Photography Festival
London College of Fashion has an ongoing partnership with The Hyères International Fashion and Photography Festival. This includes a yearly Hyeres study tour, which students can apply to take part in and offers the opportunity to be involved in the festival talks programme.
Every April in the South of France, the International Fashion and Photography Festival showcases young artists and designers in the fields of fashion and photography. The festival includes exhibitions, professional panel discussions, networking platform and two competitions. This is an opportunity for young designers, photographers and fashion creatives to network and experience the industry first hand, in South of France.
Find out more about Hyeres Festival.