Fashion Matters

Fashion Matters is the College’s annual fundraising campaign culminating in a showcase dinner and auction raising money for scholarships and bursaries to support future generations of designers, makers, entrepreneurs, commentators and industry specialists. In 2015 we raised over £80,000 at the showcase dinner which will create 63 new scholarships and bursaries, and another £105,000 throughout the year.

At a time when it is more costly than ever for students to continue on to higher education, particularly in London, it is so important that we look to raise the much-needed funds for student scholarships and bursaries, which will ensure that all talent, regardless of background, can be nurtured at LCF.

Investment and funding in emerging talent is vital to the future of the UK fashion industry; therefore I hope you will join me in showing your support for both LCF and the next generation of fashion industry leaders.

- HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO
Patron of London College of Fashion

Showcase Dinner and Fundraising Auction

LCF’s Fashion Matters Dinner and Fundraising Auction was held at St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel on Thursday 12 November 2015 with 260 guests including designers, entrepreneurs and key fashion business leaders gathering for a unique evening to celebrate British educated fashion and design talent.

The funds raised during 2015 were used to create 63 new scholarships, bursaries and awards for students, and thanks to the success of the 2014 campaign, we were able to support 50 scholarships, bursaries and awards. The 2013 campaign, celebrating 125 years of Cordwainers at LCF, the global leader in footwear and accessories education, raised funds for 29 scholarships, bursaries and awards for students.

Making A Difference

In the 21st Century, fashion has to be seen as one of the world’s most creative and dynamic forces. It affects all aspects of our lives – culturally, politically, economically and socially. We are all touched by it. London College of Fashion, with its unique heritage, expertise and experience in educating graduates for all aspects of this global industry, plays a vital role in supporting the £26 billion contribution that fashion makes to the UK economy each year.

Education and fashion are transforming forces. Let your support make the difference.

- Professor Frances Corner OBE
Head of London College of Fashion
Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of the Arts London

Our commitment

London College of Fashion is committed to providing creative education for all based on talent and not financial background. By supporting us you will:

  • Support the next generation of designers through student scholarships and hardship funds
  • Reinforce the importance of British manufacturing and fashion’s impact on the UK and global economy
  • Provide investment in state of the art design technology and equipment
  • Raise the profile of British fashion and design education

Ways to get involved

LCF always seeks commercial partners to support its annual Fashion Matters Showcase and Auction.

Sponsors will be partnering with London College of Fashion, a brand recognised for its cutting edge creativity, on a high profile event in central London, as well as being part of a dedicated and sustained PR campaign throughout the year.

All sponsors will be offered a tailor made package of benefits to reflect their brand objectives whether focused on corporate hospitality, corporate social responsibility or both.

LCF alumnus (Tailoring, 1965) and fashion entrepreneur Harold Tillman CBE is Chairing LCF’s Fashion Matters Fundraising Committee:

I am incredibly proud to be an alumnus of LCF having studied bespoke tailoring in the mid-1960s.
I feel hugely indebted to the college for the start given to me in my career. Its students and alumni are among the best creative talent in the world today and it is crucial that we support design talent and education in Britain for the benefit of a global industry. What, and how you are taught stays with you for life, so I believe it is important to give back if you are in a position to do so.”

- Harold Tillman CBE