Year 2 Industry Project with Agent Provocateur

Today sees the launch of the second year industry project, and this time we’re working with iconic British brand Agent Provocateur. The brief includes both lingerie and swimwear, and the final presentations to Agent Provocateur’s Head of Design, Angela Kinnings, will take place on 15th June 2018.

AP are offering students three amazing prizes – including a 12 month paid internship, and hundreds of pounds of vouchers to spend in store – and will select the winners from 10 students whose work will be chosen by the course team. Angela treated the group to a fascinating insider’s look at the brand which included lots of useful information to help them get started with their research and designs. Good luck everyone!

LCF Contour student selected as BFTA design competition finalist

Congratulations to Gabriella Corya- Pace from BA (Hons) Fashion Contour who has been selected as a finalist for the 2018 BFTA Fur Design Competition.

The BFTA represents the fur sector in the UK, one of the most buoyant and successful of fur markets. We promote high standards in animal welfare, responsible manufacturing and processing, factual and accurate information about the fur industry and the right to trade in and to wear fur. […] Our work with students, universities and colleges continues to be a top priority. By providing factual information about fur production and the fur industry students gain an objective and informed view on topics such as, sustainability, ethics, animal welfare, fur production and processing and traceability.

As a finalist, she is invited  to attend a one-day workshop in London where she will be introduced to different techniques used in working with fur. We hope that she is successful at the final judging later in the year.

LCF student wins Rising Star of the Year at UK Lingerie Awards

Celine Marie winning UKLA Rising Star of the Year 2018

Congratulations to final year student Céline Marie Wenninger who won Rising Star of the Year at last night’s UK Lingerie Awards. She told Lingerie Insight: “I’m speechless right now, it’s just going to encourage me to keep going on my way and keep working on my brand over the next couple of years, I’m really honoured.” Congratulations Céline!

Image via Lingerie Insight.

LCF course leader and alumni on Lingerie Insight Power List 2018

Congratulations to the current joint course leaders for BA (Hons) Fashion Contour at LCF, Catherine Fuller and Nicola Johnson, who have been featured as Industry Influencers in trade journal Lingerie Insight’s Power List for the second year running! LCF Contour graduates Cindy Liberman and Faith Leeves also featured in this year’s list, in the Movers & Shakers category.

Catherine was also featured in Lingerie Insight recently due to her retirement – Nicola Johnson will take on the course leader role full time in 2018, but you’ll still see Catherine around until the end of the academic year as she’ll be doing a little bit of teaching.

Second Year Industry Project: F+F Active

The second year students finished their sports bra industry project with F+F (Tesco) this week, culminating in a presentation to the industry partner. Several students were highly commended by Tesco: Elise Walsh won 1st prize of £200 & a placement; Mary Jane Hawden won a £100 2nd prize; and Samantha Flannekin won the £50 3rd prize. Congratulations to all!

The Link Award 2017

Congratulations to Yuk Ki Chan (final year) and Amelia Stephenson (2017 graduate) who have been nominated as semi finalists in underwear category of the LINK AWARD! They will be off to Como shortly to visit fabric mills and will then participate in the final judging in Cannes in November.

Previous winners have included Florence Morris-Clarke and Celine Wenninger (currently in their final year of the course), and we have won at least one category for the past 5 years!

Welcome to the 2017-18 academic year

A new academic year is about to start and the Contour team are looking forward to welcoming new and existing students to our course’s new home at LCF’s Mare Street site. If you’re unfamiliar with the area, there’s some useful information on places to eat and visit near Mare Street over on the LCF Blog.

There will be a welcome session for our new first years on Friday 29th September, 1.30-3.30pm in the Contour room (B206) at Mare Street, so you can meet each other and the teaching team.

For more information about student life at UAL and London College of Fashion, check out The Big Welcome on the university website and download your welcome guide to help you settle in. We are looking forward to meeting you!

Year 2 – Industry Project Presentations – H&M

On Tuesday 20th June, Year 2 Contour got the opportunity to present their final designs, patterns, research and technical files to H&M, the Industry partner.

Following a brief given to the students in March by Lisa Skoglund-Kanganiemi (H&M Employment Branding and Recruitment) and Felicity Smith (H&M Swimwear Pattern Cutter) the Year 2 students had worked on innovative pattern making in creating desirable fashionable swimwear for the maternity customer. 

After all students had finished their 10 minute presentation, the H&M team took 30 minutes to decide who were the winners, as there were so many great ideas and final swimwear designs shown. They commented ‘so fashionable and flattering – so wearable – so commercial’

The winners were:

1st Prize – Ella Boddington, who was given £300 H&M vouchers as well as a paid placement in Stockholm with H&M. 

2nd Prize – Alice McCready, who was given £200 H&M vouchers as well as an interview for a paid placement.

3rd Prize – Laurie Whiteley, who was given £100 H&M Vouchers and the opportunity to apply for internship after graduation.

Both Daisy Thayre and Evanne Holms were commended for their work, as H&M said that if they could have awarded more prizes they would. Well done to the winners and all Yr2 for completing an Industry project to such a high standard.

Contour BA17 Final Show

BA Fashion Contour final year students worked together to organise and put on an amazing showcase of their degree work at LCF’s John Prince’s Street site on Friday 16th June.

Final collection by Georgie Rouse. Photo by Lorraine Smith.

Students created an incredible display of their designs as well as videos of photoshoots and portfolios. The evening was a great success and was well attended by industry guests, who came to discuss opportunities with the new graduates.

Final collection by Ruth Schechner. Photo by Lorraine Smith.

Feedback comments received from the industry guests were extremely positive:

“They spoke so passionately about their work.”
“Incredible work – so creative!”
“I really enjoyed seeing the diversity of design shown, from lingerie to lounge-wear to swimwear to girls underwear and nightwear.”

Final Collections by Jocey Thomsen and Poppy Thorn. Photo by Lorraine Smith.

You can view more of this year’s graduate collections over on Showtime.

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