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.
LCF research centres
Centre for Sustainable Fashion explores the field of Design for Sustainability and its application to fashion as both artistic and business practice.
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
The Digital Anthropology Lab is dedicated to making smarter with technology for a better human experience.
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
Facilitating a deeper understanding of human behaviour and its potential improvement in the fashion and creative industries.
Centre for Fashion Business and Innovation Research delivers insight into the fashion industry’s economic, social and cultural trajectory.
A space for the discussion of current research into fashion and popular culture within the broader subject area of Cultural Studies.
A space for presentation, reflection and dissemination of research around costume, scenography and performance.
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.
Researching the interplay between the forces of global and local characterising fashion production and consumption.
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.
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.
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.
Sartorial Stories: Shahidha Bari talks to Susanna Cordner
LCF archivist Susanna Cordner interviews incoming Professor Shahidha Bari on her new book Dressed: the secret life of clothes
Fashion Focus: a talk on Religion in Fashion from Arts SU and La Marche Fashion
Arts SU and La Marche Fashion looked at religion and faith in fashion with speakers from modest brands and modelling
Professor Helen Storey announced as first Artist in Residence at Za’atari Refugee Camp
Last night, at an event held at Buckingham Palace hosted by LCF Patron, the Countess of Wessex, Professor Helen Storey was announced as Za’atari Refugee Camp’s first Artist in Residence for […]
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 […]
The LCF library and archives gives you access to books, journals, DVDS and garments relating to all aspects of the fashion industry.
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.