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Your Future in Fashion: Residential Summer School (14-16 Year Olds)

Your Future in Fashion: Residential Summer School (14-16 Year Olds)

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Lucy London, Toby Meadows


Love fashion? If you're interested in a career in fashion, but perhaps more interested in the business side, then this fashion course will introduce you to the way the industry works. You’ll understand how retail, wholesale and manufacturing work together as well as what it’s like to work for yourself, and the many different disciplines and career choices available.

Through practical workshops, lectures and visits you will start to understand the opportunities on offer, and what you need to do to get to where you want to be.

The course includes:

  • History of the fashion business
  • Structure and current environment
  • The fashion calendar
  • Understanding trends and design
  • Sustainable fashion
  • Types of retailers
  • Consumers and markets
  • The supply chain
  • Buying and merchandising
  • Sales and distribution
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Show production and event management
  • Styling and promotion
  • Fashion journalism
  • Marketing, Press and PR
  • Becoming a fashion entrepreneur
  • Retail visits

Your Future in Fashion 2019 Provisional Schedule

During the course you will be taken on a trip to London for a retail safari led by an LCF tutor. You’ll be taken to markets, vintage stores and famous department stores to experience the latest trends and styles on the streets of London. You will also have another retail visit during the first week.

Download programme information handbook

We also run the following residential summer courses for 14 - 16 years olds at Harrow School:
Fashion Design and Making Residential
Fashion Styling and Media Residential 

    What are the benefits of attending a Residential Summer School at LCF?

    This course will allow you to immerse yourself in the fashion industry, build confidence, acquire new skills and be inspired to learn more. It's also a great way to meet like-minded friends from around the world.


    Beginners. You should have an interest fashion and a desire to learn but no previous experience is required. This course is delivered in English therefore a good level of English is required to make the most of the learning experience.


    Harrow School

    Our residential courses are delivered at Harrow School. Harrow School was founded in 1572. Famous past pupils include former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, the poet Lord Byron, the first Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and King Hussein of Jordan. The school is considered amongst the most prestigious public schools in Britain, even the world. Summer school students are fully immersed in the Harrow experience, from staying in one of the famous boarding houses, to exploring the famous buildings where movies such as Harry Potter were filmed. The School boasts 300 acres of grounds which includes six conservation areas, a registered park, a nine-hole golf course and even a working farm. It is located just 15km north of central London in the beautiful village of Harrow on the Hill.

    The course is delivered by London College of Fashion but all meals, accommodation and pastoral care are provided by Harrow School short courses.

    Airport and Eurostar transfers:
    Transfers to and from Harrow School from certain airports and London St Pancras train station (Eurostar only) can be arranged, in line with the terms and conditions. Please read our Transfer terms and conditions before booking travel for your child.Download transfer terms and conditions. 


    Your course place is confirmed once you have booked online or via the phone using a credit or debit card. There is no deadline for booking. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, and all courses have a maximum number of students. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.

    Tutor Description

    Lucy London (nee Clements) has over two decades of industry experience, covering high street brands from Gap, H&M, Topshop through to designer brands offering a boutique shopping experience, and department stores such as Selfridges. Visual Merchandising is her specialism, and she has worked in all areas of display, so her knowledge of the subject matter places her as a leading visual merchandiser lecturer. Lucy's career of visual static styling has also seen her styling the covers of London and US publications including TIME magazine. She specialises in lifestyle and fashion concept design and has had a freelance career combining VM, final styling and celebrity styling. 

    Visual merchandising, visual display and fashion business are areas that she still passionately works within. The educational arena is now Lucy's focus, training students and industry professionals in all areas of Visual Merchandising, Styling and fashion business. Her specialist subject areas teamed with her drive and enthusiasm, have given her direct lead in global events such as London fashion week, editorial covers and static styling.

    Toby Meadows is the international best selling author of ‘How to Set up & Run a Fashion Label’ currently translated into 9 different languages. He is the founder and Director of TNM Consultancy Ltd, a collective of fashion professionals providing creative and business services to the fashion industry, as well as a Director of the award winning London based cult womenswear designer label Belle & Bunty. For the past 15 years he has been a Visiting Lecturer at the London College of Fashion, invited to host conferences on developing a fashion label as well as writing and delivering short courses for professional development within the fashion industry both in the UK and abroad. As well as consulting to hundreds of small to medium size fashion enterprises Toby has worked with some of the worlds largest and most recognisable fashion businesses from high street giants, Gap, Zara, Topshop to high-end designer retailers: Harrods, Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood to name merely a few. He has recently been advising the Mayor of London's office with their plans for the development of an East London Fashion Cluster and currently sits on the Advisory Panel for the Centre for Fashion Enterprises in London as well as developing business support incubator programmes around the world working with the next generation of highly talented emerging designer to develop an infrastructure for their business and increase their chances of longevity.

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