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LCF course leaders send words of encouragement to students staying at home during COVID-19

Female model wearing white top and white and blue printed cape
Female model wearing white top and white and blue printed cape
Work by Alessandro Filizzola from MA Fashion Photography
Written by
Alexandra R. Cifre
Published date
06 April 2020

With students having to stay at home during the Coronavirus pandemic, we have asked LCF course leaders to send a few words of encouragement and tips on how to stay positive and creative during these challenging times.

Vicky Mather, course leader for MA Fashion, Film and Digital Production

“Sometimes a crisis can be a catalyst for a more rapid and positive change, it depends entirely on how you choose to look at it; as a threat or as an opportunity to apply your creative thinking to a real life situation.”

Black and white photography with woman wearing traditional Hindi jewellery

Image credits — Creative director and stylist @siddhidolas. Photographer @nemofish481. HMUA @izzykirafx. Editor @dimitriosparsc. Styling assistants @firdamelia and @chong_ran. Model @hirashahofficial.

Diogo Baltazar, course leader for MSc Cosmetic Science

"You already know you need to take good care of yourself, your family and your friends; this has not changed due to the current crisis. However, you are now confined to your home where there are lots of distractions: Netflix, social media, food, video games... Make sure you still take the time to do all that, but also make sure you still make the most of your time as a student. Therefore, you should create a timetable, in which you include both study and distraction time."

This will be a great opportunity to practise your discipline and adaptability, which are excellent skills to have in your future professional life — and to make the process easier, even fun, why not do it as a team with your friends/peers?

Paul Bevan, course leader for MA Fashion Photography

“We are all in this together, and there is a huge effort to turn this into an opportunity to mobilise ourselves in new and different ways, and maintain, if not enhance the agency you have and will have as fashion photographers. Let's be positive and proactive to get through this, and pool our wisdom.”

Female model wearing white top and blue and white cape and skirt

Image credits — Photographer @alefilizzola. Stylists @carolinedorau and @po.mroki. MUA @kieramakeup. Model: @nancyeagle_

Zoe Hinton, course leader for BSc (Hons) Fashion Management

To all our students... Please know that we are right behind you in these challenging times. We all CAN and WILL get through it.

"Keep strong everyone, embrace the social change that this pandemic is already bringing, and remember we're rooting for every one of you."

Sarah Day, course leader for BA (Hons) Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design and Innovation

"Whether you are near or far, all of the staff on the footwear team wish everyone of you safe passage through this terrible pandemic. Our thoughts are with you all and your families and we look forward to seeing you all back safely in college in the near future."

Use this time to be imaginative, creative and resourceful, perhaps learn a new skill .... but most importantly be generous and kind and hold those dear to you tight.

Female model wearing black and red sandals

Image credits — Shoe designer @maya.christofori. Photographer @viewzfinder. Model @michellemabellee_

Tom Adams, course leader for BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Menswear

“I believe we will all need to find the positives in such a difficult time. I was raised in the 1970's in Belfast, a war zone, and this was also a very dark time; the UK was in meltdown, unemployment was high, the miners were on strike and the streets were full of rubbish, and there was a heatwave... But out of this came Punk and an enormous amount of significant social and cultural change — change that we still feel today. Much good can come through adversity. I am sure that employers and educators will be looking to see how graduates have responded to these challenges, in an inventive way and will be keen to see how you problem solved, and grew."

We are creatives and we are capable to adapting and redefining ourselves. This will not destroy us.

Male model wearing white and blue toga

Image credits — Work by menswear designer @juuntaekim featured on Eyes Magazine.

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