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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 2 world-leading UAL Research Centres: for Fashion Curation and 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 Graeme Evans and Co-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.

LCF research centres

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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.

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

Centre for Fashion Business and Innovation

Centre for Fashion Business and Innovation Research delivers insight into the fashion industry’s economic, social and cultural trajectory.

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The Vulgar exhibition, Belvedere Museum Vienna, Himmelpfortgasse, 3 Mar – 25 Jun 2017

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

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The Internet for Fashion Things

Digital Anthropology lab

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

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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

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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.

Cultural and Historical Studies Hub Sina Sparrow Illustration
Cultural and Historical Studies Hub Sina Sparrow Illustration

Cultural and Historical Studies Hub

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

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Performance on stage

Design for performance hub

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

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

Fashion Media and Imagery Hub

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.

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.

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A paper collage

Fashion Design and Visual Arts Practice

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

Featured research

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Image by Una Burke

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.

Modest Fashion in UK Women's Working Life

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

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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.

Research stories

Research resources

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.

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.