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.
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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.
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.
A talk by Dr Valerie Steele, director of the Museum at FIT (MFIT) in New York.
Paris, Capital of Fashion, a talk by Dr Valerie Steele, director of the Museum at FIT (MFIT) in New York.
Curator's talk by Sharon Takeda, Curator of Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
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.
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.
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.
A talk by Professor Gaynor Kavanagh, Emeritus Professor, Cardiff Metropolitan University
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.
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
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
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
Celebrating 25th anniversary of a groundbreaking fashion exhibition 'Streetstyle' held at the V&A in 1994 through a series of exhibitions, podcasts and events.
An international, interdisciplinary network focuses on the ways modern and contemporary fashion is continually reinterpreted through varied mediums.
Work inspired by selected shoes from LCF’s archive, revealing new interpretations of historic objects.
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.
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.
Day 7: MA Fashion Curation students' instagram takeover of @witchmuseum @the_girl_who_makes_the_thing Greer Parker, MAFC student @LCFLondon: Object 3856 postcard of the Hospital of the Holy & Undivided Trinity, Norfolk C.100 https://t.co/XmheTu3kAz #weekofwonder #fashioncuration https://t.co/GDXiAS2hFn
Day 5: MA Fashion Curation students' instagram takeover of @witchmuseum: @emzgalz Emily Gallagher MAFC student @LCFLondon_ focusing on Victorian dress & avant-garde fashion. Object 3968 Human Hair Poppet #takeover #weekofwonder #fashioncuration #igotchills https://t.co/SCYTAhsRFr https://t.co/Ma2tldORjZ