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Elizabeth McLafferty is currently the Programme Director International Study, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. Originally training as a hair and makeup artist at LCF Elizabeth worked on a variety of West End Theatre shows including Aspects of Love and Les Miserables.
In 1991 Elizabeth developed the first HND Fashion Styling for Hair & Makeup at the London College of Fashion. This prestigious course was the first of its kind and past graduates from this course include Polly Osmond, Kate Lee, Petros Petrohilos, Victoria Adcock, Donna May Clitheroe, Gemma Wheatcroft, Sarah Shipsides, Lucy Wearing, Martin Carter and Mel Kyle. There are many graduates from this original course now working in all areas of fashion, television and film.
From 1994 she commenced international promotions initiatives visiting educational institutes in South East Asia with particular emphasis in Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong. In pursuit of a more academic role at LCF Elizabeth completed a BA (Hons) Education followed by a MA Fashion Studies, title; FTML – Female to Male, based on the culture of Kabuki and Takarazuka. This formed an international collaborative partnership between LCF and HKDI – Hong Kong Design Institute developing BA (Hons) Styling & Photography and BA (Hons) Fashion Hair and Make up. From 2011 – 2016 Elizabeth accepted the role as Head of Department of Fashion and Image Design HKDI. More recently Elizabeth has developed a beauty co-op programme working with Syrian refugee women at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.
In 2018 she developing research initiatives relating the experience in Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan. Including presenting a paper at the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI) at Donghua University.
Currently embarking on an initial study which seeks to unpack some of the differing appropriations of identity through hair and faith. The research work will be ongoing and practice based with visual representation underpinning the study.