From the craft of production through to the craft of use, designers and researchers at London College of Fashion work to ensure that craft still has a strong place in the digital age. This week’s #LCFBA15 exhibition highlights some of the fashion production skills that our students learn during their time with us – including pattern cutting, metal work, leatherwork and embroidery – on courses with varied outputs including fashion fabrics, clothing, footwear, accessories, jewellery and bespoke tailoring.
Images taken at the LCF BA15 exhibition, which runs until Saturday 13th June at 3/10 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6PG.
The knowledge, skills and ideas of the Craft of Use are part of a body of work conceived of and developed by Kate Fletcher, Reader in Sustainable Fashion at the Centre for Sustainable Fashion. The satisfying and resourceful practices associated with using clothes – the ‘craft of use’ – aim to challenge the dependency of the fashion industry on increasing material throughput and to propose alternatives based on sustained attention to tending and using garments not just creating or buying them. After all, owning a garment, does not mean we know how to use it. The craft of use’s goal is to change our garment-related visions, ideas, habits, skills and stories to be shaped by our capabilities, experiences and achievements as well as our commodities.