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Collective 205 Social

November 23, 2016 in uncategorised

Although I never studied contour design and work at LCF in an admin role, I’ve always had a special connection to the BA Fashion Contour course. In my spare time I write about lingerie for my blog, Rarely Wears Lipstick, and I keep up with the academic work that I started on my MA course, researching twentieth and twenty-first century underwear.

So, I was thrilled to be invited to a social event for Collective 205 (aka the LCF Contour family!) last night, along with current students, graduates, academic staff and some of the other key admin support people. The venue was The Strongroom on Curtain Road, a great bar and restaurant just down the road from the LCF site where the course is based, and I popped my head in after work for much needed drinks and chats.


The lovely course leaders, Catherine and Nicola, ensured that food was provided and the bar staff were giving out loyalty cards for discounted drinks, so it wasn’t long before everyone was chatting and relaxing. Current students got to socialise outside of the sample and machine rooms, alumni caught up with old friends and filled in the course team on what they’ve been up to since graduating. It was a perfect way to end the day, chatting with like-minded people.

There was a great turn out with around 70 people popping in to say hello. As well as current students from the first, second, placement and final years, about 30 alumni from the last 5 years came along too. It was fantastic to see everyone and there have been requests for another social event already, so… watch this space!

The Underpinnings Museum

November 1, 2016 in uncategorised

A useful research tool for contour students has just launched, which I thought you might like to know about. The Underpinnings Museum is a new online resource which aims to showcase and document exquisite objects, and is dedicated to the evolution of underwear through the ages.

The Underpinnings Museum - photography by Tigz Rice

Whilst high profile exhibitions on the history of lingerie hit the headlines in Paris, New York, Sydney and now London, and brands seek to celebrate their heritage by looking to their archives for inspiration, lingerie lovers can struggle to find in depth information and analysis of garments. The Underpinnings Museum aims to satisfy this desire by offering free access to all, with high-quality photography capturing the garments in exquisite detail. Each object is accompanied by extensive technical and historical contextual information.

The museum creates an invaluable community resource for lingerie lovers, fashion students, historians and home sewers, with permanent items and regular exhibitions offering an unparalleled depth of insight and fresh perspectives on the world of undergarments through the ages and across the globe. It’s an ongoing project too, constantly updating and expanding its collections. Beginning by documenting an extensive vintage collection dating between 1880-1960, the project will add crucial historical pieces to the archive and explore contemporary design controversies.

The launch exhibition is made up of thirteen pieces that the museum’s director, Karolina, and I chose to show the breadth of her collection and give a brief glimpse into women’s underwear in the early twentieth century. Each was carefully photographed by Tigz Rice and offers a taster of what is to come. I’ll keep you all updated on the progress of documenting the collection and will let you know when the next exhibition goes live.

5 random things about me – Rob Stevens – Digital & IT Lecturer

September 29, 2015 in uncategorised


Hi, I’m Rob and I’ll be teaching you lots of things that happen on the computer…technical drawings, web portfolio creation and more. Here’s my 5:

Like Catherine, I also live by the sea…but a different one to her.

I taught my first class aged 15 when a friend & I had to teach a lesson as a punishment while our teacher was away on holiday.

I’m a season ticket holder at Coventry City FC and travel to most away games too. (I’m on my way to Bury as I’m typing this!)

I used to DJ and helped run a small record label back in the 90’s. These days I just constantly compile Spotify playlists.

As a child, my favourite number was 4 and that’s probably why I can’t think of anything for number 5 on this list.

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Five Random things about me – Catherine Fuller – Course Leader Fashion Contour

August 24, 2015 in uncategorised

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Here are 5 things about me…..

Some students on the course will also share some little known facts about themselves….why don’t you upload a picture of yourself and share some facts with us, it will help us get to know you a lot faster!

My mum is Swedish

My Dad was born in China,

I lived in America for Five years

I live by the sea

My favourite song is Dancing Queen !



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