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Digital Anthropology Lab
Digital Anthropology Lab
Digital Anthropology Lab Credit: Hanna Puskarz

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 2 world-leading UAL research centres, the Centre for Fashion Curation and the Centre for Sustainable Fashion; a newly established Centre for Fashion Business and Innovation Research; the Digital Anthropology Lab; and 8 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.

London College of Fashion will be moving to the East Bank (2022), a new powerhouse for innovation, creativity and learning on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, a unique collaboration between world-leading universities, arts and culture institution. LCF is a co-founder of the research and Knowledge Exchange focused Global Disability Innovation Hub, with East Bank partners, UCL, Loughborough London, Sadlers’ Wells and the V&A.

In 2018, UAL was awarded one of 9 UK wide Creative R&D Partnerships, as part of an £80 million Creative Industries Cluster Programme, funded by the Industrial Strategy and delivered by the AHRC. LCF hosts the award led by Director Professor Jane Harris.

As one of 6 UAL Colleges, LCF contributed to the 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. Professor Felicity Colman is the Associate Dean of Research at London College of Fashion.

  • Get involved in LCF Research Student Hub for postgraduate research students.
  • International institutions looking for research partners, or visiting international fellows or PhD students, explore LCF is Global.

LCF research centres

  • Close up of fabric being cut
    Image by Guillaume Valli
    Centre for Sustainable Fashion

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

  • Mannequins in a row
    The Vulgar exhibition, Belvedere Museum Vienna, Himmelpfortgasse. @University of the Arts London
    Centre for Fashion Curation

    The Centre for Fashion Curation challenges and develops theory and practices by demonstrating rigorous, innovative and experimental work within this increasingly popular and diverse discipline.

LCF research labs

  • Mannequin hand peaking out of black sand
    The Internet for Fashion Things. @University of Arts London
    Digital Anthropology lab  

    The Digital Anthropology Lab is dedicated to making smarter with technology for a better human experience.

  • 3 male street dancers doing a performance on the subway
    Image by Harrison Boyce, House of Marley
    Performing Dress lab

    The Performing Dress lab provides a platform to convene, debate and develop existing and future research studies and activities on the ‘dressed’ body in performance in its varied forms of expression.

LCF research hubs

  • Shot of a runway
    Christopher Raeburn Spring Summer, 2018
    The Business of Fashion, Textiles and Technology  

    The 5 year industry-led project focusses on delivering innovation within the entire fashion and textile supply chain, with special attention given to positioning industry as agents of new technology and materials development.

  • 2 young girls wearing headscarves walking on the high street and laughing
    Muslim Fashion book cover
    Modest Fashion in UK Women's Working Life

    This AHRC project explores how religiously-related modest fashion and associated behaviours impact on UK women's working lives – regardless of their own religious community or beliefs.

  • Distorted digital rendered face
    @ E-Nkiruka-Oparah. Precursor to a New Dream.
    Design Futures in Sub-Saharan Africa  

    The Design Futures in SSA: Post-Western Perspectives is a network of pioneering technologists, curators and scholars from Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa and UK. This project is funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

Research stories

  • Fashion for Beaux and Belles at Barrett Street School
    Fashion for Beaux and Belles at Barrett Street School. @ London College of Fashion, College Archive VADS
    LCF library and archives

    The LCF library and archives gives you access to books, journals, DVDS and garments relating to all aspects of the fashion industry.

  • Digital Anthropology Lab
    Digital Anthropology Lab Credit: Hanna Puskarz
    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.

  • Moschino clothing in Super Sharp exhibition at Fashion Space Gallery
    Super Sharp Exhibition View: Garage Girls- Moschino Graphic Printed Denim Outfits.
    Fashion Space Gallery

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

  • Girl in floral shirt looking at yellow picture on the wall
    Image courtesy of UAL
    UAL Research online  

    Our repository for research outputs from UAL's academics.