Sustainability: Waste Off Challenge

At LCF, students and staff take part in in the Waste Off Challenge: to turn waste materials from around the college into purposeful inventions.

The university wide challenge sees staff and students from a range of courses, promote sustainable fashion and support creation over consumption.

LCF worked with St Joseph’s Hospice, who gave the students a mission to create an innovative and functional piece which may be used as an aid for dressing disabled patients at home as prescribed by Occupational Therapists.

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Creative Direction: M. Elena Mansilla Hortiguela MSc Applied Psychology in Fashion; Photographer and Creative Direction: Elinor Christie BA Creative Direction for Fashion; Hair and Make Up: Sian Kelly BA Creative Direction for Fashion; Model: Magdalena Kaczmarek BA Fashion Business Flexible Programme

The students have to respond to challenges presented by the Hospice including, patient difficulties in doing up buttons or putting arms through sleeves. To deal with these issues, they tried to choose fabrics that were easy to slip on and large fastenings that were easy to function, whilst still maintaining a strong element of style.

Students had to use only recycled or up-cycled materials, both of which are becoming a more regular feature of many mediums of production.

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Creative Direction: M. Elena Mansilla Hortiguela MSc Applied Psychology in Fashion; Photographer and Creative Direction: Elinor Christie BA Creative Direction for Fashion; Hair and Make Up: Sian Kelly BA Creative Direction for Fashion; Model: Magdalena Kaczmarek BA Fashion Business Flexible Programme

The final pieces are currently being exhibited at St. Joseph’s Hospice and have been featured in a photo shoot collaboration with some of our BA students.

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Exhibition Materials Design: Grace Teo, BA Graphic and Media Design, LCC

There is also a catwalk show planned, featuring all the final designs modeled by patients at St Joseph’s,  with prizes for the most successful designs, which promises to be very exciting.

Projects like these, engage students in sustainable design thinking, realise the creative potential of the discarded and ultimately give waste new value.

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Exhibition Materials Design: Grace Teo, BA Graphic and Media Design, LCC

The exhibition continues at St Joseph’s Hospice, Mare St, London E8 4SA

Any students or staff inspired to get involved in the Waste Off challenge, which is ongoing, please speak to Rosemary Willatt our Sustainability Coordinator: r.willatt@fashion.arts.ac.uk