London College of Fashion


Bags for Life at UAL: London College of Fashion

On the 18th, 19th and 20th of December, fifteen Year 10 and 11 students attended the London College of Fashion to take part in the Bag for Life project. The aim of the project was to educate the students about issues surrounding sustainability within the fashion industry. The outcome was to produce a bag from recycled garments. The finished product is then to be sold, with the proceeds going to St. Joseph’s Hospice.

On our first day at LCF, we were introduced to the team of lecturers who would be delivering the sessions. Sincere thanks to Carol, Laura, Josh and Armando for looking after us so well. After being split into teams our students contemplated questions such as ‘What is Fashion?’ Carol led the discussions on sustainability: introducing us to many facts and statistics that could change our perceptions and habits towards clothing.                                                                                                                                    

Did you know it takes 2,700 litres of water to make one t-shirt?

Over to Armando. We were then instructed how to safely use a wide range of industrial equipment. It was impressive how well the students coped.

Day Two saw the departure of Josh and the arrival of Montana. Montana was a previous winner of the New Designers exhibition, lecturer at LCF as well as European Visual Merchandiser for Kate Spade! Her philosophy is ‘to make rubbish beautiful’ which she demonstrated through her award winning dress made from video cassette tape. We were able to look at her various portfolios.

After a video about fast fashion and a discussion about form and function, the students began to select the garments which they would use to create their bags. The design process was in reverse.

On the final day the making process was in full force. Knowing that the items had to be completed by that afternoon was a fantastic motivator. Not surprisingly Paige was first to finish, making a second smaller bag to really rub it in! Bich was on a mission to break as many needles as possible, closely followed by Maria and Kelsey attempted to use every sewing machine in the studio. Throughout the day students were given short inputs from Laura, who as well as lecturing has just started her PhD. Her research will revolve around creating a new type of fastening that takes into account those who have difficulty with fine motor skills.

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We would like to thank Nadia from Peabody for introducing us to and enabling us to take part in such an enriching activity. Thank you to Lorraine from Peabody who accompanied us on the first day to ensure everything ran smoothly.

We are now in the process of deciding how to sell the bags in order to raise the most amount of money for the hospice.


Cameron's thoughts:

The trip to the London College of Fashion was a fun one and I would recommend it to a friend. It was fun for a number of reasons: one was obviously making the bag. Two, the first day, when doing the mind map. It was a great way of expressing everyone’s ideas. The staff there were extremely helpful. I thought the workshop was not difficult because they gave us the steps for making the bag and there were members of staff right there to help.