Friday, 21 June 2013

LCF Time Machine

I came across these photos and had to share! So funny to see students on the same school and course as me, doing very similar work, but almost a hundred years ago! (Also amazed that 1920 is actually almost a hundred years ago...that's just weird!)

Children dressed in costumes for the Mayor of London´s Fancy Dress Ball - 1928

Child in peasant costume c.1930 / Herald costume c.1930

"Dress through the ages" class: Hazel Bridges drawing - 1953 / The Comedy of Errors: costume being created - 1933
 18th Century Costume - 1938
The Comedy of Errors - 1933

The Comedy of Errors - 1933

Student in a Gainsborough-like historical style - c.1920 

Model in historic Georgian costume - 1928

Peasant Dance c.1937

"Historical hairstyle, Princess de Lambelle (Louis XVI)" - 1956

Fantastic hairstyles: historic costumes - c.1930

London College of Fashion was established in 1967, through the merging of the Shoreditch Institute Girls Trade School (founded 1906) and the Trade School for Girls, Barrett Street (founded 1915). These two colleges provided much needed professional training in both 'needle trades' and academic subjects for girls emerging into a society where it was now accepted for women to have a career.

Here's an interesting description from the VADS website:
 Trade overalls notes in the archive indicate that, from the 1915 inception of the Trade School for Girls at Barrett Street, pupils wore trade overalls that reflected their area of study. From the photographic archive, the following convention seems to have been followed up until the mid-1930s, with some possible exceptions for hairdressing students during the early years of the school:
· Dressmaking students - wore white overalls with red and green embroidery.
· Embroidery junior students - wore white overalls with collars embroidered in orange and gold
· Embroidery senior students - wore white overalls with embroidered monograms
· Tailoring students - wore blue overalls (these appear dark in the black and white archive images)
· Hairdressing junior students - wore short sleeved overalls with black and white embroidered collars
· Hairdressing senior students - wore plain white overalls
During this period, overalls may also have been characterised by the cut of the neckline: round necks for embroidery students, square necks for dressmaking students. This differentiation is at times seemingly inconsistent in the photographic archive, although it has been reported by at least one historian who has studied the history of the London trade schools. Around the early to mid 1930s, trade overalls for students were changed to wrap around garments. No uniforms were required for mature evening students of any period.

Courses included fashion design, clothing technology, dressmaking, millinery, upholstery, wig-making and costume, amongst many other subjects. Clearly, LCF has been an innovative and leading educational facility since its origins at the turn of the century!

These images are a part of the London College of Fashion Archives - for more information go to the Visual Arts Data Service website.

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