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History and Context

Photograph: Trouser suit with beaded belt

At the turn of the century the London County Council's Inner London Education Authority established the Shoreditch Institute Girls Trade School (founded 1906) and the Trade School for Girls, Barrett Street (founded 1915). In 1967 the two schools were amalgamated to form one college for the garment trades - the London College of Fashion.

The London College of Fashion College Archive is a collection of historical materials which chronicle the history of the College from its origins as two early needle trade schools up until the 1970's. This database contains images of black-and-white and sepia photographs from the Archive depicting a wide range of subjects taught at the schools over the years. These include, fashion, design, clothing technology, dressmaking, tailoring, millinery, furriery, upholstery, embroidery, beauty, hairdressing, wigmaking, physical education, science, drama, and general studies. Also included, are images of photographs which provide an insight into events and activities related to the colleges, for example, the education of women and men, student club activities, school visits, World War II evacuations, a Royal Visit by the Queen Mother, various ceremonial openings, and the architecture of the colleges and other buildings.

Photograph: Men's leather jacket and checked trousers

Copyright and Permitted Uses

The images and metadata presented in the London College of Fashion College Archive are copyright of the London College of Fashion.

They may be used for private research and study purposes only. They may not be copied, altered or amended in any way without first gaining the permission of the copyright holder.

Contact details and further information

The London College of Fashion archive also contains many rich and interesting primary materials that are not currently digitised, for example prospectuses, minute books, registers, scrapbooks, extensive cutting files, videos of College fashion shows, and various other historical and fashion related documents and objects.

It may also be of interest that the book Couture or Trade: an Early Pictorial Record of the London College of Fashion by Helen Reynolds (Phillimore 1997) which documents the early history of the college, and includes many of the historical photographs from the London College of Fashion College Archive is available through the publisher or through contacting Katherine Baird, Head of Learning Resources at the London College of Fashion - contact details below.

Photograph: Dress with embroidered back tie
Address: The Archives
London College of Fashion
20 John Princes Street
London WIG OBJ

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