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Food waste as art in autumnal colours.
Food waste as art in autumnal colours.
Waste me not | PhD student work | Photography by Marie Stenton | Design | London College of Fashion | University of Arts London

LCF hosts 2 world-leading UAL research centres - the Centre for Fashion Curation and the Centre for Sustainable Fashion - as well as 8 research hubs.

Research at London College of Fashion is generated by a wide-ranging group of exceptional thinkers, creative practitioners, fashion business experts, and doctoral students. We produce internationally recognised research, critically engaging in challenging assumptions about how the world is, and illuminating a future for what it could be.

Our research community welcomes anyone who is interested in research activities at the college, UAL, other UK organisations, or across the globe within industry. LCF’s research community includes PhD students, early career academics, lecturers, senior lecturers, readers, and professors.

In addition to undertaking research, this community broadly engages in:

  • Research-led teaching and learning programmes
  • Practice based and practice-led research
  • Projects that emerge from, or develop through, community facing knowledge exchange contributing to innovation in the wider industry

Visit our About Us page to learn more about LCF's research community.

Research stories


  • 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.

  • Faith & Fashion logo

    Faith & Fashion

    The Faith & Fashion public talks programme hosts conversations on the relationship between religious cultures and fashion cultures.

PhD Researcher Profiles

  • Photograph of Karley Thompson

    Karley Thompson

    Social and cultural experiences of Black British women

  • Kiran Ali Profile

    Kiran Ali

    Smart digital strategies for fashion SME's adoption of immersive e-tailers

  • from Paul Bevan: In Superposition, Finland (2016)
    Paul Bevan

    Photographic practice and the status of superposition

  • Profile picture of Elisa smiling on a hillside.

    Elisa Palomino

    Indigenous arctic fish skin heritage

Research facilities

  • Fashion for Beaux and Belles at Barrett Street School
    Credit: LCF Archives LCF Archives, 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.