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London College of Fashion

The London College of Fashion is a constituent college of the University of the Arts London, in London, England. It offers undergraduate, postgraduate, short courses, study abroad courses and business-training in fashion, make-up, beauty-therapy and lifestyle industries. It is the only college in Britain to specialise in fashion education, research and consultancy. Its patron is Sophie, Countess of Wessex.[1] The current head of college is Frances Corner.[citation needed]

London College of Fashion
London College of Fashion, Oxford Street and 33 Cavendish Square.jpg
  • 1877 – Leather Trade School
  • 1906 – Shoreditch Technical Institute Girls School
  • c. 1914 – Cordwainers Technical College
  • 1915 – Barrett Street Trade School
  • 1927 – Clapham Trade School
  • 1967 – London College for the Garment Trades
  • 1974 – London College of Fashion
HeadFrances Corner
United Kingdom
AffiliationsUniversity of the Arts London


The origins of the London College of Fashion are in three early London trade schools for women: the Shoreditch Technical Institute Girls School,[2] founded in 1906; the Barrett Street Trade School, founded in 1915; and the Clapham Trade School, founded in 1927. All were set up by the technical education board of the London County Council to train skilled labour for trades including dressmaking, millinery, embroidery, women's tailoring and hairdressing; to these, furriery and men's tailoring were later added. Graduates of the schools found work either in the garment factories of the East End, or in the skilled dressmaking and fashion shops of the West End of London.[3]

After the Second World War the minimum school leaving age was 15; junior level courses at the colleges were scrapped. Barrett Street Trade School became Barrett Street Technical College, and the Shoreditch and Clapham schools were merged to form Shoreditch College for the Garment Trades. Both had the status of technical colleges, and began to take male students also. In 1967 the two colleges were merged to form the London College for the Garment Trades. This was renamed London College of Fashion in 1974.[3]

In 1986 the London College of Fashion became part of the London Institute, which was formed by the Inner London Education Authority to bring together seven London art, design, fashion and media schools.[4] The London Institute became a legal entity in 1988, could award taught degrees from 1993, was granted University status in 2003 and was renamed University of the Arts London in 2004.[4]

In August 2000 Cordwainers College, a specialist school for leather-working, shoemaking and saddlery, was merged with the London College of Fashion. It was founded in Bethnal Green in 1887 as the Leather Trade School. The name was changed to Cordwainers Technical College in about 1914, and then to Cordwainers College in 1991.[5][6]

In 2018, Microsoft co-created a customised curriculum with London College of Fashion. The students participating in this course used cutting-edge technology like mixed reality, the Internet of Things, and artificial intelligence for fashion innovation related to industry and consumer needs.[7]


Mare Street campus, main entrance
Detail of the main building, seen from Oxford Street

The main college building is in John Prince's Street, just north of Oxford Circus. Other campuses are at 272 High Holborn; 40 Lime Grove in Shepherd's Bush, and, in East London: 182 Mare Street (which was formerly home to the Lady Eleanor Holles School before it relocated to Hampton,[citation needed]); 100 Curtain Road (Old Street) and Golden Lane (Old Street).[8]


Notable peopleEdit



Alumni of the college include:


  1. ^ "The Countess of Wessex appointed patron of London College of Fashion". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013.
  2. ^ Sir James Bird (editor) (1922). "The Shoreditch Technical Institute". Survey of London: volume 8: Shoreditch. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 18 March 2013.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  3. ^ a b Julie Tancell (2002). GB 2159 London College of Fashion. AIM25: Archives in London and the M25 area. Retrieved May 2014.
  4. ^ a b [s.n.] (August 2012). University of the Arts London (formerly The London Institute) A Brief History Archived 10 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine University of the Arts London. Retrieved May 2014.
  5. ^ Julie Tancell (2002). GB 2159 Cordwainers. AIM25: Archives in London and the M25 area. Retrieved May 2014.
  6. ^ T.F.T. Baker (Editor) (1995). "Hackney: Education". A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 10: Hackney. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 18 March 2013.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  7. ^ "London College of Fashion: Nurturing designers with bespoke tailoring and artificial intelligence". Microsoft. 14 September 2018.
  8. ^ Virtual Tours Archived 22 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine. University of the Arts London: London College of Fashion. Retrieved May 2014.
  9. ^ "London College of Fashion website".
  10. ^ a b Browse all alumni profiles. University of the Arts London: London College of Fashion. Retrieved May 2014.
  11. ^ "LCF Student wins Designer For Tomorrow". Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  12. ^ Cliff, Aimee (8 August 2019). "Just Gou it: how Peggy Gou became the world's hippest DJ". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  13. ^ Philby, Charlotte. "My Secret Life: Emma Hope, shoe designer, 41". The Independent. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  14. ^ Fiona MacKay (21 November 2011). "Exotic Leather's Enduring Charm". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  15. ^ Jettou, Driss (in French). Brussels: Institut Européen de Recherche sur la Coopération Méditerranéenne et Euro- Arabe (MEDEA). Retrieved April 2015.
  16. ^ "Anushka Khanna". Strand of Silk. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  17. ^ Hart, Jasper (23 August 2017). "Who is Rachel Stevens? Celebrity Masterchef contestant profile". Radio Times. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  18. ^ "Dune Collaborate with Joanne Stoker – British Footwear Association". Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  19. ^ Jimenez, Erin. "Rosenthal Tee: A Designer Making Waves in the Fashion World". iFashion Network. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  20. ^ Janelle Okwodu (17 December 2015). "There's No One Quite Like Alek Wek: A Very Vogue". Retrieved 24 June 2018.

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