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LCF Archives and library

An image of the LCF library at John Prince's Street
An image of the LCF library at John Prince's Street
An image of the LCF library at John Prince's Street © University of Arts London

London College of Fashion's world class library and fashion archives are housed at the John Prince's Street site. These valuable reference facilities offer students the opportunity to learn from fashion history and contextualise their studies.

LCF library

London College of Fashion Library, located on the 1st floor, John Princes Street, is the UK's leading fashion library. Our extensive resources include 85,000 books on all aspects of the fashion industry from garment construction to cosmetic science, DVDs and videos and over 390 print periodicals and 20,000 e-journals. Electronic information resources can be accessed via the e-library

Visitors

Visitors may access the library by appointment. You can book your appointment in advance by calling us on 020 7514 7455/6150. Daily visitor numbers are limited.

Alumni

The library is open to graduates of University of the Arts London who are members of the Alumni Association. Read more UAL Alumni Association benefits.

Special collections

Rare Publications Collection
The collection contains rare books and periodicals reflecting the subject interests of the College. It includes:

The Tailor and Cutter Academy Archive
Tailors and Outfitters Assistants’ General Friendly Association
Access is by appointment only.

Materials Collection

A reference collection of both cutting edge and standard textile samples.

Tour the library

LCF Fashion Archives

About the Archives

LCF Archives are a teaching collection and research resource that we utilise to inspire and engage students, staff and the public. They hold a set of eclectic and eccentric collections that explore the history of London as a fashion capital. We collect material that reflects the full fashion cycle – from concept and design, and process and production, through to finished pieces and press and promotional materials. We also frame fashion as a social subject by looking at the personal and political stories our clothes can tell about us.

Our services and how to engage with the Archives

LCF Archives are working remotely, developing and delivering services, workshops and resources that you can access independently or as a part of your course and studies. Visit our LCF Archives LibGuide for more information on what the Archives are and how to engage with them.

If you are an LCF or a UAL student or staff member, you can also request access to our LCF Archives Moodle site, where we share updates, recommendations and event listings for our online workshop programmes. Our staff and student SharePoint sites host videos, worksheets and other resources inspired by, and that give access and insight into, our objects. Visit our UAL Archives and Collections page for a list of the collections our Archives hold. You can also visit the VADS website, an online resource that hosts different digitised art and design collections from the UK, and on which some of our collections have been digitised and listed.

How to get in touch with the LCF Archives team

You can get in touch with the LCF Archives team by emailing archives@fashion.arts.ac.uk (please note that this account is only checked on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays so there may be some delay in response time). You can also contact us via our LiveChat on Wednesdays at 2-4pm..

Meet the archivist

Whatever subject you study or discipline you hope to go into, the thing that each one has in common is the central thread of a fashion product (whether you want to go on to design it, study it or sell it). The archives are a treasure trove of these products – these objects – in all their forms, whether it’s a trade journal, a sample book or a beaded Dior gown.

Susanna Cordner – LCF Archives Manager

Fashion archives podcasts

Archive events