London College of Fashion

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London College of Fashion
London College of Fashion, Oxford Street and 33 Cavendish Square.jpg

1906 - Shoreditch Technical Institute Girls School

1986 - London College of Fashion
Head Frances Corner
Location 20 John Prince's St., London, United Kingdom
Affiliations University of the Arts London
Website [1] Short Courses Dubai

London College of Fashion (LCF) is a constituent college of the University of the Arts London based in London, UK. 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.


The college was originally founded by the former London County Council in 1906 as the Shoreditch Technical Institute Girls School 2 and the Bartlett St and Clapham Trade School, which were opened to train young girls in the art of dressmaking, millinery, embroidery and hairdressing. The college was formerly home to the Lady Eleanor Holles School, which relocated to Hampton, Surrey. The London County Council was later abolished and replaced with the Inner London Education Authority until 1986. The two institutions later amalgamated to form one college for the garment trades: London College of Fashion. Cordwainers College is now an integral school of the London College of Fashion. Formerly Cordwainers' Technical College, it was a vocational college for the footwear and leather trades.3 .


East London, Mare Street site-main entrance.

The main college building at John Prince's Street is situated next to Oxford Street, just north of Oxford Circus which is primarily administrative aside from the Rootstein Hopkins Space, which is used to house various fashion shows and other fashion events. The Davies Street site was recently obtained by the council and demolished to make way for the Olympics crossrail. LCF now has a new site based at 272 High Holborn where freshers week is hosted along with many other student and industry based events. The site at Lime Grove in west London houses specialist facilities for photography, knitwear, embroidery and pattern cutting. There are three other sites situated in east London on Mare Street, Curtain Road (Old Street) and Golden Lane (Old Street) for cordwainers footwear and accessories.


The London College of Fashion is a constituent college of the University of the Arts London, with Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London College of Communication and Wimbledon College of Art.4

Short courses

An LCF short courses student attending a business course at High Holborn site.
Short courses student attending a business course at High Holborn site

The short course department at LCF offers the greatest number of specialist fashion short courses in the UK. Over 200 different short courses are offered. These short courses run all of the College's 6 sites across London. Each year over 6,000 students attended one of the evening, daytime, weekend, or e-learning short courses.

Online learning short courses are a way of studying an LCF short courses without attending classes in London. Students attend weekly pre-arranged 'virtual lectures'. Student communicate using text chat (the software is called Blackboard or Wimba Pronto) which involves typing text into a message box creating a dialogue with tutor/fellow students. In addition they may participate in an interactive seminar (using a software called Wimba) which includes voice and video chat, as well as an opportunity to 'share' their tutor's desktop so that s/he can navigate students through websites and other work. A total of 8 different e-learning short courses are currently offered. Subjects include: fashion drawing/illustration, journalism, marketing/branding, fashion merchandising and fashion management.

In 2010 the college began offer its first programme of international short courses. LCF now holds a programme of short courses in Dubai every January, May & October. The courses take place at the Vida Hotel, Downtown Dubai. London College of Fashion - Short courses in the Middle East. The courses are taught to the same standards as the UK courses and utilize London-based tutors who are flown to Dubai to deliver the courses.

Study Abroad

The Study Abroad programmes are an opportunity for students who are unable to participate in the undergraduate programmes to study in London. The programmes can be studied for credits or purely for personal pleasure. Students from more than 60 US colleges have enrolled on the programme, which is designed to complement the US academic semester and to transfer/contribute to credits.

Visiting lecturers


For a full list, see Category:Alumni of the London College of Fashion 5


  1. ^ "The Countess of Wessex appointed patron of London College of Fashion". Daily Telegraph. 
  2. ^ Sir James Bird (editor) (1922). "The Shoreditch Technical Institute". Survey of London: volume 8: Shoreditch. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "London College of Fashion website". 
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