MA Fashion Journalism graduate Anelia Eujenny Thomas created a magazine that explores the current feminist movement of today for her LCF MA17 Final Major Project, which will be on show at the LCFMA17 Media & Communication Exhibition: Found in Translation. We talk to her about how history gave her an advantage, architecture in London and journalism.
Tell us about your Final Major Project?
My final MA project was an ode to the fervent feminist movement that is unfolding today. Distant from the traditional perceptions of feminism – which largely focused on white, cis women – Intersectionality is a recognition that feminism is an enveloping social movement that respects and upholds the rights of all races, genders, sexualities.
I was also heavily inspired by the buoyant grassroots movements and the colony of feminist collectives that was forming – such as The Art Hoe Collective, Supermodel Model Adwoah Aboa’s Gurls Talk, and artist Ashley Armitage’s, Girls by Girls Agency – it was incredibly inspiring to finally see a passionate response to the exclusionary systems which have for generations disfranchised so many.
I think for me, I felt a reasonability to be a part of the movement. I felt responsible for charting this new wave of feminism, accurately and authentically, capturing the principals on which it stood for. Because of this each page of INTR is a considered dedication to a rich combination of perspectives, with the hope that as you journey’s through, it, feel’s not only relatable but enlightening.
Where did you study prior to London College of Fashion?
I studied a history degree a Nottingham Trent. Although it was completely unrelated to fashion I think this gave me an advantage in being able to put fashion into context.
What would be your top three tips for prospective students?
- Take advantage of the opportunities and resources that are available to you.
- Make sure that you network at every opportunity and build as many relationships as you can. Trust, this will be useful in the future.
- Follow your instincts – at the end of it all it everything you do has to feel authentic to you.
Why did you choose LCF and MA Fashion Journalism?
I chose MA Fashion Journalism because I was looking for something that was going to give me the foundations to advance forward in my career. I liked the fact that the course represented a hybrid of creativity, intellectualism and copious opportunities. There’s no denying that the reputation and successful alumni wasn’t a deciding factor when it came to choosing my MA, but there was more to it than that. I chose LCF because it was the only place that really offered me what I wanted. Yes, I wanted to learn more about the fashion industry and journalistic practice, but it was also about understanding how to be business savvy. For me, LCF was/is the only place that cultivates creative skills whilst also teaching students how to actually profit from it.
What other work/projects do you do alongside MA Fashion Journalism?
I had a magazine internship whilst studying which was great as I was able to put the skills as I was learning from the course into practice.
What did you enjoy most about the course, and what did you find most challenging?
The thing I enjoyed the most… I think it was the people. From my course leader to friends and the professional contacts, I was lucky to meet so many interesting personalities and learn so much from them all. The most challenging thing is having the faith that what you’re doing is the right thing. But I’ve learnt that you’ll never know until you take the risk.
What is your favourite thing about studying in London?
I think the perks of studying in London is that it’s such a massive source of inspiration. From the rich mixture of cultures, to the stunning architecture, to it’s fascinating history, London offers students a source of inspiration.
Describe your work in five words…
Aspirational, Ambitious, Inspirational, Global and Rare.
Who is your biggest inspiration or muse?
This was answered above with reference to the feminist collectives.
What are your future plans and how do you think the course has helped you realise this?
Now that I have finished my MA, the next step is finding a positions that will given me an opportunity to work with a publication that will allow me to not only write, but will also to enable me to engage a newfound interest in the creative process. I think on of the overarching things that this course has helped me with is realising that nothing is handed to you, you have to be unafraid and determined to seek out the opportunities that you want.
LCF moving to Stratford: What do you think about the university moving east?
I have always loved the fact that LCF was a combination of different sites and I have always been intrigued by the history behind them, so I will be sad to see them abandoned, but I think it is important that LCF innovates and moves forward to offer students the best possible learning environment.
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