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Centre for Fashion Curation (CfFC)

A world-leading centre in the field of fashion curation.

The Centre for Fashion Curation (CfFC) is an international centre which explores all elements of exhibition-making and archival research. Situated within an academic and inclusive environment, the Centre engages with meaningful and experimental enquiries into theoretical and practice-based fashion curation.

The Centre provides a unique catalyst and platform for research, exhibitions, symposiums, workshops and publications, and collections-based enquiries.

Research, teaching and learning are embedded within the practices of the Centre. CfFC’s academics lead and teach on the MA Fashion Curation and most provide PhD supervision.

We actively forge close partnerships with global, national and regional museums, galleries, archives, private collections, conservators, creative and commercial industries and publishers to support the theory and practice of the discipline in its broadest sense.

Find out more about the Centre for Fashion Curation.

Contact

cffc@arts.ac.uk

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London College of Fashion
University of the Arts London
20 John Prince’s Street,
London, W1G 0BJ

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Practice-based Research

Practice-based PhD student at Centre for Fashion Curation, Louise Chapman presented a new approach to her PhD confirmation. Louise created a multi-sensory experience for her examiner, Donatella Barbieri, through a participatory, object-based approach to the presentation of her research.

International partnerships

CfFC actively forges global, national and regional museum partnerships and organises regular visiting lecturers in order to support the theory and practice of the discipline in its broadest sense.

Exhibitionism - 50 Years of the Museum at FIT

A talk by Dr Valerie Steele, director of the Museum at FIT (MFIT) in New York.

Book cover Paris, Capital of Fashion

Paris, Capital of Fashion

Paris, Capital of Fashion, a talk by Dr Valerie Steele, director of the Museum at FIT (MFIT) in New York.

Reigning Men Exhibition, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Reigning Men Exhibition, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Image courtesy of Jeffrey Horsley

Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear 1715 - 2015

Curator's talk by Sharon Takeda, Curator of Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

The Dress Detective

Dr Ingrid Mida, Curator, Dress Historian and post doctoral fellow, Ryerson University talks about her book The Dress Detective: A Practical Guide to Object-Based Research in Fashion

A platform for research and debate

CfFC aims to be an experimental forum through which we generate innovative methodologies, encourage interdisciplinary practices, and educate future practitioners in the field.

Debating the Disciplines

Centre members, Professors Amy de la Haye and Judith Clark, Alison Moloney, Professor Claire Wilcox, Professor Carol Tulloch and Dr Shaun Cole engage in debate in a round table discussion about fashion curation Debating the Disciplines.

Gluck Art and Identity exhibition - mannequin and clothing display
Gluck Art and Identity Exhibition - the artist's clothing on display

Gluck: Art and Identity Curatorial Research Methodologies and symposium

A talk by Prof Amy de la Haye and Dr Jeffrey Horsley on curatorial methods used in the Gluck: Art and Identity exhibition, a Heritage Lottery Funded partnership with Brighton Museum on the British artist Gluck.  Followed by a Symposium: Gluck: Art  and Identity: Dressing the artist with include: Martin Pel, Brighton Museum, Simon Martin, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester,  Amy de la Haye and Jeffrey Horsley, CfFC. Among the themes are: Exhibiting a Life in Art; Absence, Gender, identities; and Art and LGBTQ* Biographies.

Feeling our Way: Memory and the Senses

A talk by Professor Gaynor Kavanagh, Emeritus Professor, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Other talks, Symposiums and Conferences

A deeper look into CfFC's themes with speakers such as: Bullet holes bring reality Elizabeth Crooke from the University of Ulster on displaying garments emblematic of the Northern Ireland troubles;   Reading and Writing Fashion in the Museum by Paola di Trocchi, writer and fashion curator at the NGV National Gallery of Victoria, and PhD graduate Dr Jenna Rossi Camus on curating T-Shirt: Cult - Subversion, her exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London.

Sabotage and Tradition Conference on Alexander McQueen

CfFC hosted a two day conference in partnership with the V&A Museum. Sabotage and Tradition discussed the influences and impact of Alexander McQueen.

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Conference Part 1

Part 1

Models, Mannequins and Bodies, Modelling McQueen, Caroline Evans Professor of Fashion History and Theory, Central St Martins, UAL, Bodies, Artifice and Atrocities, Jane Munro, Keeper, Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, In conversation: Meeting the Maker and the Model, Caroline Evans Professor of Fashion History and Theory, Central St Martins, UAL, Kees van der Graaf, Designer Laura Morgan, Model. Costume and Performance Theatrical Cut: McQueen at Berman’s & Nathan’s, Keith Lodwick, Assistant Curator, Theatre and Performance Department, V & A, Dancing McQueen, Jane Pritchard, Curator of Dance, Theatre and Performance Department, V & A

Conference Part 2

Part 2 Adornment. Makeup, Masquerade and McQueen, Janice Miller, Senior Lecturer of Cultural and Historical Studies, London College of Fashion, Bird-women: feathers, claws and metaphor in the work of Alexander McQueen, Kate Bethune, Senior Exhibition Researcher, Alexander McQueen

Part 3 Georgina Goodman, Shoe Designer in conversation with Oriole Cullen, Acting Senior Curator of Contemporary Fashion, V & A, Student Presentation, Sam Gainsbury, Gainsbury and Whiting in conversation with Susannah Frankel, Fashion Director, Grazia Magazine and Closing Remarks

Centre for Fashion Curation stories

MA Fashion Curation Student Showcase

With the Graduate Student Showcase online this year, we spoke to three of the MA Fashion Curation graduates from the class of 2020 about the impacts and challenges they encountered when interpreting their work into a digital format.

A Cabinet of Serendipities

This display comprised objects collected as aides to Jenna Rossi-Camus' practice-based doctoral research in fashion curation. The practical element of Jenna's thesis was a proposal for a site-responsive exhibition about fashion and graphic satire

Piecemakers

The development of 'Piecemakers', by its curator, LCF Archivist Susanna Cordner. The exhibition celebrated the makers and manufacturers behind the work of London designers, representing them by the tools of their trade.

Ravishing: the Rose in Fashion

Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion is an exhibition that will be staged at The Museum at FIT (MFIT) in New York (10 September 2020 – 9 February 4 January 2021). A book of the same published by Yale University Press

Projects

A young man taking of a sweat shirt with a 'Wu-Tang' logo
A young man taking of a sweat shirt with a 'Wu-Tang' logo

Subcultures: Then and Now

Celebrating 25th anniversary of a groundbreaking fashion exhibition 'Streetstyle' held at the V&A in 1994 through a series of exhibitions, podcasts and events.

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Fashion Interpretations logo

Fashion Interpretations

An international, interdisciplinary network focuses on the ways modern and contemporary fashion is continually reinterpreted through varied mediums.

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Wooden upright chair with a pair of white shoes and wooden box on floor

Footnotes

Work inspired by selected shoes from LCF’s archive, revealing new interpretations of historic objects.

4 mannequins displaying fashion in The Vulgar exhibition
4 mannequins displaying fashion in The Vulgar exhibition

Vulgar

An exhibition to challenge and reconsider this important area of taste.

Engage

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Objects of a passion - Platform Lecture by Amy de la Haye

Objects of a Passion

Platform lecture by Professor Amy de la Haye

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Techtile Jungle by MA Fashion Curation students

Sartorial Stories

LCF's Fashion Archivist Susanna Cordner, sits down with creditable fashion industry guests to discuss their sartorial choices, careers and work. The guest brings one item from their work or wardrobe to discuss in detail. Guests include Shahidha Bari, writer, academic and professor of Fashion Cultures, Funmi Fetto - Contributing Editor for Vogue and Brand Consultant for Luxury Beauty Brands and Ade Hassan MBE, the founder and director of Nubian Skin.

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The Real Thing Exhibition

Fashion Space Gallery

Fashion Space Gallery and Arcade East

PhD students

Jenna Rossi Camus
Jenna Rossi Camus
Beige parka elbow detail
Beige parka elbow detail
Yves Saint Laurent, Fall 1999
Yves Saint Laurent, Fall 1999. Photograph Philippe Cometti
Jean Harlow - the Eye
Jean Harlow - the Eye
Louise Elizabeth Penn Chapman
Louise Elizabeth Penn Chapman
Portrait of June Rowe
June Rowe
Painting of a girl
Cyana Sailmaker by Stephen Appleby-Barr (2018)

Past PhDs

Matteo Augello: Corporate cultural policies and museums: a critical evaluation of the role of the industry in the evolution of fashion curation in Italy. Watch a research lecture by Dr Augello.

Sara Chong Kwan: Making Sense of Everyday Dress: Integrating multi-sensory experience within our understanding of contemporary dress in the UK.

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