Research

Research at LCF thrives within the College's unique specialist and transdisciplinary environment and is supported and resourced by dedicated research facilities such as the cosmetic science and digital laboratories, Fashion Space Gallery (FSG), world-class library and archive.

LCF hosts two world leading UAL Research Centres: for Fashion Curation and Sustainable Fashion; the Digital Anthropology Lab and seven Research Hubs including one that supports the activity of approximately 70 PhD students. Research spans practice and theory in design, performance, curation, artefact, psychology, cosmetic science, social science, sustainable and material practices, creative business and management, digital production and communication; film, media and cultural studies. In 2021 LCF is moving to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (QEOP) in Stratford, and is a co-founder of the Global Disability Innovation Hub, with Stratford East partners, UCL, Loughborough London, Saddlers’ Wells and the V&A.

As one of six UAL colleges, LCF contributed to the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), where UAL’s research was assessed as being 83% World Leading and international, is ranked a top five research university in its broader peer group in the UK and first in the Power ranking for Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory. LCF research feeds directly into the University of the Arts London Research Strategy.

Dr Jane Harris is the Associate Dean of Research at London College of Fashion.

Featured LCF research projects

  • McQueen's Savage Beauty

    LCF Professor of Fashion Curation Claire Wilcox curates Savage Beauty, launched at the V&A.

  • Digital Anthropology Lab

    The Digital Anthropology Lab at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, launched in Autumn 2015 and is a research studio bringing industry and academia together to develop a new way of making smarter with technology.

  • Design Futures in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Design Futures in SSA: Post-Western Perspectives is a network of pioneering technologists, curators and scholars from Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa and UK

LCF Research centres and hubs

  • Centre for Sustainable Fashion

    This LCF research centre explores fashion and sustainability.

  • Centre for Fashion Curation

    This LCF centre provides a platform for research, exhibitions, symposiums, workshops and publications.

  • Digital Anthropology Lab

    The Digital Anthropology Lab at London College of Fashion, is a research studio bringing industry and academia together to develop a new way of making smarter with technology.

  • Global Disability Innovation Hub

    Global Disability Innovation Hub aims to make a positive difference to the lives of disabled people and change the general perception of disability through design and innovation initiatives.

  • Fashion Media and Imagery Hub

    This centre, based at London College of Fashion, fosters research in the fields of fashion journalism, photography and digital media.

  • Cultural & Historical Studies Hub

    This centre explores current research into fashion and popular culture within the broader subject area of Cultural Studies.

  • Creative Management, Branding & Enterprise Hub

    The LCF hub defines creative management, branding and enterprise practices relevant to niche business alongside the global conglomerates.

  • Forum For Fashion Design & Visual Art Practice

    This forum investigates the interrelationships between fashion design, costume, curation and visual art practice at London College of Fashion and across UAL.

  • Design for Performance Hub

    This hub offers a space for discussion on the topics of costume, scenography and performance at LCF and across UAL.

  • Well-being Research Hub

    The hub explores human behaviour in the fashion and creative industries and the potential for improving quality of life through understanding psychological well-being.

  • Research Student Hub

    This hub is a forum for postgraduate students who share an interest in fashion.