“London College of Fashion Class of 2020 will be forever known as the students who graduated against the odds in extraordinary circumstances." - Professor Roni Brown - Head of College at London College of Fashion, UAL.
This year, LCF will be dedicating the whole month of July to showcase the work of #LCFClassOf2020 across channels. The takeover will lead into the launch of the UAL Showcase platform of fashion, design, communication, art and performance graduates, which will bring together all six colleges of University of the Arts London, for the first time in its history.
#LCFClassOf2020 will give a platform to those students who have not been able to take part in London College of Fashion’s annual graduate catwalk and exhibition due to the global health emergency, which has since brought the fashion industry to a virtual standstill. Showing remarkable resilience and creativity, this year's graduating cohort have adapted quickly to presenting their work digitally – and are showing exactly why they are the future of a rapidly changing industry.
Professor Roni Brown – Head of College at London College of Fashion, UAL said, “London College of Fashion Class of 2020 will be forever known as the students who graduated against the odds in extraordinary circumstances. I am incredibly proud of how the LCF Class of 2020 have responded to recent events, showing a level of ingenuity which ranks them amongst the best in the world. Now, more than ever, we are calling on the fashion industry to back our graduates, not only to celebrate and amplify their achievements but also to employ them and invest in their endeavours. Our graduates enter a sector which is in the process of deep reflection and change. The industry needs the resilience, imagination and creativity of our graduates. I am in no doubt that the next generation will be the ones who will help to re-set and challenge the industry to be better; ensuring the future of the fashion industry is one that values both people and planet.”
Featuring courses from across all disciplines, the work has been curated into five different themes, Renewal, Body, Connection, Discovery, Identity - representing the aspects of life that are currently being challenged. As well as adapting and finding new ways to innovate in response to a changing industry, sustainability and technology remain a key focus for this year’s graduates – ideas which will contribute to the future of a more inclusive, digital-focused industry.
The #LCFClassOf2020 takeover will take place across the LCF Instagram channel from Monday 29 June with the UAL platform, created by IBM launching on Monday 27 July. Visitors to the platform will be able to discover talent across all six UAL Colleges in a new and innovative way; creating online spaces to interact with students and share galleries of work. The showcase will be accompanied by a series of events over a two week period.