Research at LCF thrives within the College's unique specialist and transdisciplinary environment and is supported and resourced by dedicated research facilities such as the cosmetic science and digital laboratories, Fashion Space Gallery (FSG), world-class library and archive.

LCF hosts two world leading UAL Research Centres: for Fashion Curation and Sustainable Fashion; the Digital Anthropology Lab and seven Research Hubs including one that supports the activity of approximately 70 PhD students. Research spans practice and theory in design, performance, curation, artefact, psychology, cosmetic science, social science, sustainable and material practices, creative business and management, digital production and communication; film, media and cultural studies. In 2021 LCF is moving to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (QEOP) in Stratford, and is a co-founder of the Global Disability Innovation Hub, with Stratford East partners, UCL, Loughborough London, Sadlers’ Wells and the V&A.

As one of six UAL colleges, LCF contributed to the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), where UAL’s research was assessed as being 83% World Leading and international, is first in the Power ranking for Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory. LCF research feeds directly into the University of the Arts London Research Strategy.

Dr Jane Harris is the Associate Dean of Research at London College of Fashion.

Featured LCF research projects

  • CSF is 10

    2018 marks the tenth anniversary of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion, with style and sustainability taking centre stage over the coming year with celebratory events and activities taking place to showcase the work of CSF and the positive steps made by industry towards a more sustainable future

  • Design Futures in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Design Futures in SSA: Post-Western Perspectives is a network of pioneering technologists, curators and scholars from Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa and UK

LCF Research centres and hubs

  • Centre for Sustainable Fashion

    This LCF research centre explores fashion and sustainability.

  • Centre for Fashion Curation

    This LCF centre provides a platform for research, exhibitions, symposiums, workshops and publications.

  • Digital Anthropology Lab

    The Digital Anthropology Lab at London College of Fashion, is a research studio bringing industry and academia together to develop a new way of making smarter with technology.

  • Centre for Fashion Business and Innovation Research

    The Centre for Fashion Business and Innovation defines creative management, branding and enterprise practices relevant to niche business, alongside the global conglomerates.

  • Global Disability Innovation Hub

    Global Disability Innovation Hub aims to make a positive difference to the lives of disabled people and change the general perception of disability through design and innovation initiatives.

  • Masculinities Hub

    The Masculinities Research Hub brings together practitioners and theorists interested in all aspects of menswear and masculinities.

  • Fashion Media and Imagery Hub

    This centre, based at London College of Fashion, fosters research in the fields of fashion journalism, photography and digital media.

  • Cultural & Historical Studies Hub

    This centre explores current research into fashion and popular culture within the broader subject area of Cultural Studies.

  • Visual Arts at LCF

    This research hub is broad in its remit, with the aim of supporting and generating connections between researchers engaged with practice, from both the field of fashion design, costume, curation and the visual arts.

  • Design for Performance Hub

    This hub offers a space for discussion on the topics of costume, scenography and performance at LCF and across UAL.

  • Better Living Research Hub

    The hub explores human behaviour in the fashion and creative industries and the potential for improving quality of life through understanding psychological well-being.

  • Research Student Hub

    This hub is a forum for postgraduate students who share an interest in fashion.

  • Transnational Fashion Research Hub

    This hub gathers theorists and practitioners interested in the intricate interplay between the forces of global and local change in the fields of symbolic and material production and consumption of fashion.