Collaborative Challenge

Internal DALab projects with LCF MA students

The Collaborative Challenge creates opportunity for our research and technical teams to develop new ideas around our annual thematic with MA student teams.

Running since 2014, we have created provocative and unique learning experiences, developed new practice methodologies, provided leadership of digital agendas across LCF and pioneered a unique, ‘digital-as-material-practice’ approach for students. Our MA students typically come with a broad range of skills drawn from courses across LCF including Creative Direction, Fashion Futures, Strategic Fashion Marketing, Fashion Womenswear, Psychology and Entrepreneurship.

We partner with external organisations to help deliver and introduce students to new and emerging technologies and invite inspiring mentors and academics to support development. We encourage PhD candidates to facilitate workshops and join events in response to the project.

The results are an incredible demonstration of what can happen when fashion thinking meets tech thinking in a multi-skilled research Lab environment over a 3 month sprint period. The outcome creates unique learning experiences for students, drives industry thinking and ideation around emerging areas of business and creates platforms for broader academic research.

2021: Allotment

2020: Physical Interfaces

2019: ACTIVE (Programmable) Fashion Matter

2018: Klarna Future Systems

2017: Digital Unknowns

2016: #no-hands

2015: Internet of (Fashion) Things

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