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LCF advices fashion sector to invest in emerging talent
Sep '13
LCF and Kurt Geiger advised London’s fashion industry elite to invest in the fashion talent of the future.

The Fashion Matters Gala, a grand dinner followed by an exclusive auction, raised money for Cordwainers courses at LCF and celebrated 125 years of Cordwainers at the College. Through the support of the generous guests, the gala exceeded its fundraising target.

Professor Frances Corner OBE, Head of London College of Fashion and Pro-Vice Chancellor of University of the Arts London spoke about the event:

“The money raised at the Fashion Matters gala goes directly to scholarships, bursaries and equipment to support future generations of designers, makers, entrepreneurs, commentators and industry specialists. The support of our partner, Kurt Geiger, and guests is vital to the continued success of LCF’s students and we hope this is the first of many successful Fashion Matters gala events.”

In attendance was HRH The Countess of Wessex, LCF’s patron who is championing the college’s efforts to create a sustainable and accessible fashion future. Speakers included Chief Executive of Kurt Geiger, Neil Clifford, entrepreneur and LCF alumnus, Harold Tillman CBE, as well as Alderman Nick Anstee.

The illustrious guests came together to raise money to support the next generation of designers through student scholarships and hardships funds, recognising the importance of the British fashion industry on the national and international stage. Through donations and auction bids, the guests offered their generous support, and will fund outstanding talents so that they can access the world-class education offered by LCF.

As well as a champagne reception and three-course meal, the guests enjoyed a performance by chart-topping classical singer, Laura Wright, who wore a neckpiece designed by Off-Catwalk Award Winner Alexandra Druzhinin, BA (Hons) Fashion Jewellery.

More designs from talented LCF students were featured in a Salon Show. Models wore pieces created by graduates of BA 2013. On show were designs by:

-Andreas Feet-Martinsen, BA (Hons) Bespoke Tailoring
-Edward Curtis, BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear
-Collaborators Rebecca Morter, BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Development and Marie Gallagher, BA (Hons) Fashion Contour
-HueTawn Chan, BA (Hons) Fashion Jewellery
-Xinyu Hu, BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Menswear
-Stevan Saville, BA (Hons) Cordwainers Accessories: Product Design & Development
-Sarah Mazza, BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Surface Textiles
-Shabnam Eslambolchi, BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear
-Victoria Rowley, BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Surface Textiles and Christina Tiran, BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear.
-Jessica Barbara Hearnshaw, BA (Hons) Cordwainers Accessories: Product Design & Development 

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