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Frances Corner

Head of College, London College of Fashion

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Professor Corner OBE, head of London College of Fashion and pro vice-chancellor of University of the Arts London, has become an important figure in the fashion education sector for overseeing the Centre for Sustainable Fashion and the launch of London College of Fashion’s business school. Corner has been head of London College of Fashion since October 2005 and is dedicated to widening participation in fashion — consistently pushing for the college to become a global leader in fashion education, research and consultancy.

Corner describes the London College of Fashion as being centred around the development of ideas, with the staff and students using fashion, alongside cultural and historical practice, to challenge social, political and ethical agendas. She has pioneered the adoption of sustainable and ethical practice in the fashion education curriculum and in 2009 was named a London Leader for Sustainability, and also awarded an OBE for her services to fashion.

Corner has more than 20 years experience in the higher education sector; prior to London College of Fashion, she was head of the Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design at London Metropolitan University. Her book “Why Fashion Matters,” published in 2014 by Thames and Hudson, explores fashion’s place within our social, economic and political structures, in a format of 101 short pieces.

An acclaimed arts educator, Corner sits on the British Fashion Council ’s Advisory Board, she is a Trustee of the Wallace Collection and a committee member for the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes.

Her alumni include Ryan Lo, Rory Parnell-Mooney, James Long, J.W. Anderson and Lucas Nascimento.

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