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, Sadlers’ 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 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.
CSF is 10
2018 marks the tenth anniversary of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion, with style and sustainability taking centre stage over the coming year with celebratory events and activities taking place to showcase the work of CSF and the positive steps made by industry towards a more sustainable future.
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.
Featured research staff
Associate Dean of Research, LCF and Professor of Digital Design and Innovation
Rootstein Hopkins Chair of Dress History and Curatorship Joint Programme Leader with Professor Judith Clark, MA Fashion Curation pathway
Women and Pattern Exhibition showcasing Professor Charlotte Hodes’ work opens at The Bowes Museum
Women and Pattern, the latest exhibition in The Bowes Museum’s refurbished ceramics gallery, opens this weekend, and will showcase the unique work created by artist and LCF Professor Charlotte Hodes over […]
LCF Research Fellow Donatella Barbieri has been shortlisted for Theatre Book Prize
Senior LCF Research Fellow in Design for Performance Donatella Barbieri has become the first person ever to be shortlisted for a book on based on a costume at The Society for Theatre […]
LCF researchers organise post-Soviet fashion symposium with Calvert 22
A post-Soviet aesthetic is in no doubt having a moment. Why this is and what it says about society, was the leading question of New Borders, New Boundaries: Fashion in […]
LCF PhD student explores coded clothing
Stefan Vidler is a PhD Student within the Digital Anthropology Lab at LCF. His PhD studies are about ‘Coded Clothing: How computational design can affect the future of the design […]
LCF and Kering launch world’s first online course in Luxury Sustainable Fashion at LFW
LCF’s Centre for Sustainable Fashion and Kering came together at 180 Strand, home of London Fashion Week to launch the world’s first online course in luxury fashion and sustainability – […]
‘Queer Looks’ launches at Brighton Museum
The Centre for Fashion Curation recently launched the Wear it Out project (funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund), a collaboration with Brighton Museum that explores LGBTQ* lives through dress and fashion […]
LCF research centres and hubs
Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) explores the field of Design for Sustainability and its application to fashion as both artistic and business practice.
Centre for Fashion Curation (CfFC) is a world-leading centre in the field of fashion curation, based at University of the Arts London (UAL).
Delivering insight into the fashion industry’s economic, social and cultural trajectory.
A space for presentation, reflection and dissemination of research around costume, scenography and performance.
Facilitating a deeper understanding of human behaviour and its potential improvement in the fashion and creative industries.
A platform to discuss fashion media and its imagery in a disciplinary context through dialogues, projects and events.
This cross-disciplinary hub fosters the exploration of the multiple meanings and forms of contemporary and historic masculinities.
A space for the discussion of current research into fashion and popular culture within the broader subject area of Cultural Studies.
Generating connections between researchers engaged with the fields of fashion design, costume, curation and the visual arts.
A forum for both practice-based and theory-based research postgraduate students with an interest in fashion.
If you study or undertake research at LCF you will have access to 70,000 books on all aspects of the fashion industry from garment construction to cosmetic science as well as its dedicated fashion archive of garments and artefacts dating back to 1700s.
As well as our archives and library, the LCF research centres offer a great resource for your studies, from research to final projects.
LCF's Fashion Space Gallery is a contemporary exhibition space that engages with fashion, design and art.