Ballet Shoes, Gamba, 1930s, Cordwainers College Archive, London College of Fashion (LCF)

London College of Fashion has a range of collections held by the Library and in the College archives.These inspiring collections cover all aspects of fashion.

For information about the College Archives please contact
archives@fashion.arts.ac.uk

For information about the Library Special Collections please contact
specialcollections@fashion.arts.ac.uk

For information about the Library's Materials Collection please contact
materials@fashion.arts.ac.uk

College Archives

The LCF Archives are available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays by appointment only.

Some of the collections that make up the College Archives are listed below and some have been catalogued on the Collections Catalogue

For more information please contact: archives@fashion.arts.ac.uk or visit the blog

C&A Archive 

Garments and fashion advertisements designed by Marrit Seck produced by C&A Ltd., clothing retailers and manufacturers. Additonal materials relating to the history of the company in the UK from 1922 to 2000 are held in the UAL Archives and Special Collections Centre and include slides, photographs and information on advertising campaigns from 1940-1990. Collections Catalogue.

Cordwainers College Archive 

Developed to support the teaching of footwear design and construction, the shoe collections contain over 650 shoes from 1780 to the present day. Images and descriptions from the Cordwainers College Historic Shoe Collection are accessed via the Visual Arts Data Service.

EMAP Archive 

This collection contains key trade journals published by EMAP for the fashion, clothing and retail industries dating from the 1880s. Journals included are the Drapers Record, Menswear and several footwear trade titles. Some articles have been catalogued on the library catalogue.

Gala Collection 

The collection contains scrapbooks of clippings from newspapers and magazines, publicity and promotional photographs and materials for Gala Cosmetic, Crystal Products, and  Miner's Cosmetics from 1939-1952. Images and descriptions of this collection are available on the Visual Arts Data Service.

Hayes Textile Ltd. Collection 

A very large collection of textile swatches and pattern books showing the varied patterns and colours used by Hayes Ltd, a British company, to design and manufacture head clothes for the Nigerian market from the 1960s.

History of the London College of Fashion Collection 

The collection contains items relating to the history of London College of Fashion, from its original trade schools at Barrett Street, Shoreditch, Clapham and Cordwainer's School. The collection contains photographs, administrative papers and other materials documenting the teaching and related activities for dressmaking, embroidery, shoemaking, leatherworking, tailoring and hairdressing, including some examples of students' needlework; and the  Ethel E Cox Collection, Head Mistress at Barrett Street Trade School from 1915-1950. About 1000 black and white historical photographs of the College can be accessed via the Visual Arts Data Service.

Louis Bund Collection 

Louis Bund Ltd supplied textile flowers to London's fashion and clothing trades. The collection contains a salesman box with 252 sample flowers and individual vintage flowers.

Mary Quant Make-up Collection 

A collection of 30 items of make-up from Mary Quant's make-up range from the 1960s. Mary Quant was a fashion designer, influential in the 1960s.

Menswear Collections

Examples of 20th century tailoring including a collection of suits by Tommy Nutter (on loan Alistair O'Neill); suits by Savile Row tailors Hunstman and Henry Poole; and other men's garments.

Paper Patterns Collection 

The collection contains commercially published patterns for home dressmaking,1920s-1970s. Images and descriptions of the front covers can be accessed via the Visual Arts Data Service.

Tailoring and Garment Production Collections 

Documents and ephemera from trade bodies, companies and organisations involved in tailoring. Includes the Business Archives Council Collection, Cooling Lawrence and Wells Collection, London Alliance of West End Cutters Collection, Tailor and Cutter Academy papers, and the Basic Tailors and Outfitters Assistants' General Friendly Society Collection.

Victor Stiebel Sketchbooks

Three sketchbooks from the London based couturier, working between 1940s and 1960s. Images and descriptions of many of the sketches can be accessed via the Visual Arts Data Service.

Women's Home Industries Archive 

The collection contains knitting patterns, visitor's book, press cuttings, stitch books and garments from the Women's Home Industries (also known as Beatrice Bellini Hand Knits) from 1947 to 2005. The company was established by Baroness Swanborough to revive and develop couture hand and home knitting with the garments exported (primarily to the USA and Canada).

Womenswear Collections

The Archives contain several collections of women's dress from the 1920s to 1990s. The key collections were given by the Korner Family, the Ann Barr Estate, Miss Hester Borron, and Jenifer Rosenberg, as well as from other individuals. The collections include couture day and evening wear, mass produced clothing, homemade items, hats, underwear and accessories, as well as printed ephemera.

Woolmark Photographic Archive

The collection contains photographs of womenswear and menswear (couture and prêt a porter) and related promotional materials. The collection covers the period of 1940 to 1970s. Please note this is an extensive collection. For description of the collection and images please visit the Visual Arts Data Service.

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Library Collections

Special Collections held in the Library

The Library holds the following collections.

Special Collections

The Library Special Collections contain rare and historical fashion books and periodicals that reflect the unigue collections of dress and fashion related subjects within the library.

Highlights include: tailoring books dating back to the 1800s, fashion zines, Visionaires, 'Active Resistance' by Vivienne Westwood, LCF PhD theses, and books written by LCF staff both past and present. All items are on the library catalogue.

The Special Collections are closed access. UAL students and staff wishing to see materials need to complete a request form in the Library. Items are collected twice a day, Monday to Friday.

For any queries, including external visitors wishing to see Special Collection items, please email: specialcollections@fashion.arts.ac.uk

Materials Collection

The Materials Collection is located in the Library at LCF and is a reference collection of fabrics, textiles and other materials for LCF students to refer to for research.

Jessica Lertvilai is the materials co-ordinator for the collection and is available to help students on Thursdays and Fridays. The collection is not open to external visitors. For queries and more information please email: materials@fashion.arts.ac.uk

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