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2016 LCF Highlights: Student Success Stories

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Written by
Josh De Souza Crook
Published date
22 December 2016

2016 has been an eventful year with plenty of global events that we’re sure many of us would like to forget. But there is also a lot to celebrate. Here we share some of the fantastic accomplishments LCF students have achieved this year including performances at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Taylor Wessing photography prize and national footwear winners.

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BA (Hons) Creative Direction for Fashion student Araxie Boyadjian won a competition to illustrate the new V&A exhibition.

BA (Hons) Creative Direction for Fashion student Araxie Boyadjian won a competition set by London’s Victoria & Albert Museum to illustrate their exhibition Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear, which saw her curate a live performance in the museum’s pond. Araxie’s winning entry, Memories Before History, combined performance, fabric technology and sound in a site-specific dance.

Araxie worked with BA (Hons) Fashion Pattern Cutting student Lola Rosero, who she met while studying LCF’s International Preparation for Fashion course. She also enrolled Aaron Chaplin and Flora Grant from Trinity Laban for the live performance at the Madgeski Garden Pond, which was also reinterpreted at St Pancrass station on 7 November.

Third Prize winner Kovi Konowiecki with his portraits Tilly and Itty Beitar Illit, and Shimi Beitar Illit, from the series Bei Mir Bistu Shein Photography © Jorge Herrera

Third Prize winner Kovi Konowiecki with his portraits Tilly and Itty Beitar Illit, and Shimi Beitar Illit, from the series Bei Mir Bistu Shein
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London College of Fashion student Kovi Konowiecki came third at this year’s prestigious Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. He is also the first photographer to have two images shortlisted for the prize and shown at the National Portrait Gallery.

The MA Fashion Photography student took portraits of Orthodox Jews from around the world for his series Bei Mir Bistu Shein. His images of Tilly and Itty Beitar Illit, and Shimi Beitar Illit were both selected for the world-recognised photography award, and are on display at the exhibition’s entrance until 26 February 2017.

The internationally acclaimed competition celebrates the very best in contemporary portrait photography from around the world. Fifty-seven pieces of work are featured in the exhibition, and this year’s winner, Claudio Rasano, was awarded £15,000.

Kovi started the series back in his hometown of Long Beach, California, before connecting with other Jewish families from across the world in London and Jerusalem. He wanted to strengthen his family identity while also shedding light on the traditions of Orthodox Jewish people that seem disconnected to modern society.

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MSc Strategic Fashion Management students Chana Baram and Heather Portbury in Shanghai over the summer.

MSc Strategic Fashion Management students Chana Baram and Heather Portbury explored Shanghai over the summer after being crowned Global Outlook Award winners.

Chana and Heather spent a week in Shanghai networking with Levi Strauss & Co, Coach, WGSN and e-commerce powerhouse Baozun. The students were selected based on their detailed award application in which they pitched their understanding and research of the Chinese Fashion Market and their knowledge of the differences between that of the UK Fashion industry.

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Jenn Poage, Gerda Micke, Karolin Wilkens and Iciar Bravo Tomboly worked on a project with Argentian brand animana.

Four MA Fashion Design Management students collaborated with Argentinian brand animaná, as the emerging sustainable luxury brand prepares to enter the UK market after.

After opening their first European branch in Paris last year, the brand has been looking to expand into the UK and wanted to collaborate with London College of Fashion students to conduct research and run a social media campaign. The brand chose LCF students because of their excellent market knowledge and understanding of London’s fashion trends.

Students Jenn Poage, Gerda Micke, Karolin Wilkens and Iciar Bravo Tomboly  were asked to recapture the tradition of Patagonian artisans and develop the local economy in a sustainable, ethical way. They worked on a brand manual, marketing communication strategies and brand voice creation with story telling elements.

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MSc Cosmetic Science graduate Jasmine Lim went to Singapore for her placement year and worked for Symrise.

Six MSc Cosmetic Science students received awards at the annual Cosmetic Toiletries and Perfumery Association (CTPA) ceremony which celebrates future cosmetic scientists. LCF News spoke to final year student Jasmine Lim, who won the Best Placement Report at this year’s award.

Jasmine went to Singapore for her placement year and worked for Symrise,  a fragrance and raw flavor material supplier. She worked in the Quality Control department as a laboratory administrative assistant in fragrance raw materials. Models backstage at the Ryan Lo SS17 LFW show. Photography by Lillie Eiger

Models backstage at the Ryan Lo SS17 LFW show. Photography by Lillie Eiger

BA (Hons) Fashion Styling and Production students were invited to support Womenswear alumni, Ryan LO backstage during LFW. The opportunity gave students an insight into the inner workings of a fashion show.

LCF News spoke to Fahad Bandial, one of the students involved, to find out what it was like being at the heart of LFW with Ryan LO and also had a chat with Styling and Production lecturer, Philip Scurrah about why opportunities like these are so great for students.

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Master of the Worshipful Company of Curriers, James Allen, with Reika Yamasaki.

The annual Livery Company Awards, held on Tuesday 28 June 2016, celebrated the outstanding talent and achievements of this year’s graduating students from BA (Hons) Cordwainers: Footwear and BA (Hons) Cordwainers Fashion Bags & Accessories: Product Design and Innovation courses. Students from across multiple Cordwainers degrees were awarded prizes for their achievements and successes in the past year.

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Caroline Klemp winner of the Cordwainers National Student Footwear Awards.

In June, the Clothworkers Hall in the City of London hosted an evening celebrating footwear design, at the third annual Cordwainers National Student Footwear Awards. Students, designers, and industry professionals, came together at the high profile event to meet the next generation of outstanding design talent and to celebrate Britain’s foremost position in footwear design education. Two LCF students came away with the first and second prizes, and a third was commended.

LCF student Caroline Klemp from BA (Hons) Cordwainers Footwear Design and Development, won first prize and Chantal Lavendar won second prize. Da Young Im, another LCF Cordwainers student was commended for her submission.