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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, 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.

Research events

Featured research

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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.

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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

Professor Jane Harris

Professor Jane Harris

Associate Dean of Research, LCF and Professor of Digital Design and Innovation

Prof Claire Wilcox

Professor Claire Wilcox

Chair in Fashion Curation Member of the Centre for Fashion Curation

Professor Ian King

Professor Ian King

Professor of Aesthetics and Management

Professor Helen Storey

Professor Helen Storey

Professor of Fashion and Science

Professor Reina Lewis

Professor Reina Lewis

Professor of Cultural Studies

Prof Amy de La Haye

Professor Amy de la Haye

Rootstein Hopkins Chair of Dress History and Curatorship Joint Programme Leader with Professor Judith Clark, MA Fashion Curation pathway

Professor Danka Tamburic

Professor Danka Tamburic

Professor in Cosmetic Science

Professor Dilys Williams

Professor Dilys Williams

Professor of Fashion Design for Sustainability Director of Centre for Sustainable Fashion

Research news

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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 […]

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‘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
Centre for Sustainable Fashion

Centre for Sustainable Fashion

Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) explores the field of Design for Sustainability and its application to fashion as both artistic and business practice.

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wooden chair and box

Centre for Fashion Curation

Centre for Fashion Curation (CfFC) is a world-leading centre in the field of fashion curation, based at University of the Arts London (UAL).

Georgina Goodman photographed by Kevin Davies
Georgina Goodman photographed by Kevin Davies

Centre for Fashion Business and Innovation Research

Delivering insight into the fashion industry’s economic, social and cultural trajectory.

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Metakimosphere

Design for Performance Hub

A space for presentation, reflection and dissemination of research around costume, scenography and performance.

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Smiling lady

Better Living Research Hub

Facilitating a deeper understanding of human behaviour and its potential improvement in the fashion and creative industries.

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Window on 44th St, study for metaphotography, New York (2014) Paul Bevan

Fashion Media and Imagery

A platform to discuss fashion media and its imagery in a disciplinary context through dialogues, projects and events.

‘Scoliosis’ by Annelie Gross, MA Fashion Artefact, London College of Fashion, UAL Photograph by Jon Emmony for SHOWstudio.
‘Scoliosis’ by Annelie Gross, MA Fashion Artefact, London College of Fashion, UAL Photograph by Jon Emmony for SHOWstudio.

Global Disability Innovation Hub

Making a positive difference to the lives of disabled people.

Masculinities Hub

This cross-disciplinary hub fosters the exploration of the multiple meanings and forms of contemporary and historic masculinities.

Cultural & Historical Studies Hub Sina Sparrow Illustration
Cultural & Historical Studies Hub Sina Sparrow Illustration

Cultural & Historical Studies Hub

A space for the discussion of current research into fashion and popular culture within the broader subject area of Cultural Studies.

Visual Arts at LCF

Generating connections between researchers engaged with the fields of fashion design, costume, curation and the visual arts.

Image of Flax Shoes designed by Liz Ciokjalo
Image of Flax Shoes designed by Liz Ciokjalo

Research Student Hub

A forum for both practice-based and theory-based research postgraduate students with an interest in fashion.

Transnational Fashion Hub

Researching the interplay between the forces of global and local characterising fashion production and consumption.

Research resources

LCF library and archives

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.

Research facilities

As well as our archives and library, the LCF research centres offer a great resource for your studies, from research to final projects.

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Fashion Space Gallery

LCF's Fashion Space Gallery is a contemporary exhibition space that engages with fashion, design and art.

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UAL Research online

Our repository for research outputs from UAL's academics.