Professor Frances Corner
Head of College London College of Fashion
Fashion is more than just about clothes. It communicates who we are and our uniqueness.
With Fibre2Fashion Correspondent Cindrella Thawani, Professor Frances Corner portrays her outlook at London being a fashion capital makes a good destination for students, further, she insights her views on how one should endeavor smartly to get a break into the industry.
Professor Frances Corner has been Head of College at London College of Fashion (LCF), part of University of the Arts London, since 2005.
Professor Corner was a London Leader for Sustainability and regularly speaks on this subject, world-wide. Besides, she has been awarded an OBE for Services to Fashion in the 2009
She has also been the Chair of CHEAD (Council for Higher Education in Art and Design), and an executive committee member for IFFTI (International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes).
What are those key emerging markets for aspiring designers to boost their further careers? Why?
Designers can greatly benefit from experience, which can be gained overseas in the countries that are actively involved in the production of fashion garments - these include China, India, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Turkey to name a few. A new graduate having the opportunity to gain even the smallest insight of garment or textile production is invaluable.
Understanding what really goes on within the factories and mills can help convey the impact even the smallest design choice can have, not only on the production schedule and complexity, but also on the cost of the final garment. For design graduates to understand the realities of production will help inform their design choices and be of enormous benefit to them throughout their careers.
Besides, opportunities represented by digital markets should also not be underestimated. Fledgling designers can establish themselves with little or no overheads, which can be of huge benefit.
2012 has been an incredible year for UK, with Olympic opening and closing ceremonies; further London Fashion Week; also its capital entitled as most stylish city. How it would be supportive for the students in their respective careers?
London is one of the fashion capitals of the world, which makes it such a good destination for our students. They have London at their feet, with some of the world’s best art galleries, architecture, boutiques and clubs and bars in the world, which makes it the perfect place for fashion students to find inspiration. Moreover, we hope that many more people across the world will come and study here.
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