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MA Fashion Cultures

Investigate fashion, dress and style in culture and society. Examine the evolving relationship between fashion and film.

Please note that for this MA course applicants will apply to one of the two pathways:
Either
MA Fashion Cultures: History and Culture
Or
MA Fashion Cultures: Fashion and Film

This new course, MA Fashion Cultures, offers a unique experience in fashion education at postgraduate level. The course has two specific but interrelated pathways: History and Culture; and Fashion and Film. On this course you will have the opportunity to study fashion and dress within its historical, social and cultural contexts. A dynamic in-depth exploration of theoretical and methodological perspectives will give you a grounding in the history of fashion and an underpinning of social and cultural theory for both pathways. You will then undertake more specialised study on your chosen pathway. On the History and Culture pathway you will investigate fashion as object, representation and practice through an interdisciplinary approach from both historical and contemporary perspectives. On Fashion and Film you will investigate the ongoing changing relationship between fashion, costume and forms of film as well as the relationship between cinema and consumption within a global context. While you will choose one pathway, you will have the opportunity to attend the lectures for the other pathway if you wish to, so you can gain the fullest possible understanding of a variety of disciplines and their impact upon visual and material cultures.

The pathways are led by renowned experts in their respective fields, and they are supported by research fellows, professors, authors, curators and historians who contribute to the course. Based in one of fashion’s most important cities, our students benefit from access to the special collections and archives of many leading institutions in London, including the V and A, Museum of London and the British Film Institute. You will also have the opportunity to work with other graduate students from the Culture and Curation Programme on some units of the course.


We attract students from a wide variety of academic and industry backgrounds, some of whom have completed theory-based first degrees, while others come with practice-based backgrounds. After completing their Masters studies, some students from both former courses have progressed to higher level research degrees, and others have established themselves in a number of related fields including curation, visual merchandising, styling, archiving, fashion buying, lecturing and research.

"I had been working in a studio for 15 years and I thought that if I was going to do an MA in anything, it felt a bit foolish doing it in something I knew so well. I wanted to further my education and that if I was able to do more on the academic side, then I would have covered everything – I’ve worked as a designer, a pattern cutter, a consultant, a stylist, so I thought that by becoming an academic as well, that would cover everything. When I began my career I worked as a costumier at Angels Costumiers so I was always interested in fashion history, why fashion changes, how it interlinks and integrates with social and economic changes and what spurs changes in fashion. I looked into a couple of courses and narrowed it down to LCF and one other university. In the end it felt like the LCF course fitted more neatly into my  career spectrum." - MA Fashion Cultures Alumni, Laura Jones

(See more insights from Laura here)


Key info


Course Leader: Johannes Reponen
Johannes Reponen leads History and Culture pathway
Pamela Church-Gibson leads Fashion and Film pathway
Course Location: John Prince’s Street
Study Level: Postgraduate
Study Mode: Full time
Course Length: 12 months
Autumn Term Dates: 11 Sep – 1 Dec 2017
Spring Term Dates: 8 Jan - 16 Mar 2018
Summer Term Dates: 16 Apr – 21 Sep 2018
Application Deadline: Applications are accepted, and offers made, throughout the year. Early application is advised.

Project Tags

  • London College of Fashion
  • courses
  • MA
  • fashion
  • fashion culture

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