The way we view fashion at LSE is the fusion of art, culture and society. We understand the crucial role we play in legitimising the fashion industry by supporting them with academic theories and notions which the fashion industry conceptualises in an organic visual way. We also understand that if a change is going to take place on a larger scale, if we will try to break down social norms, it is by collaborating with both the social sciences and the creative world. They are uniquely intertwined and we are lucky to be a part of that.
Our past events have included our ‘199Z: Diversity Revisited’ fashion show at the Saatchi Gallery, panel discussions with LSE professors in sociology, anthropology and psychology along with professors from LSF, designers from Central Saint Martins, bookers like Madeleine Ostile. We have collaborated with ‘Redefining Concepts’ as well as having been offered support by the likes of the British Fashion Council. Our events this year are focused around the term ‘sustainability’, whether that is one’s mental health, our consumption patterns or our understanding of the fashion industry contributes greatly to climate change.
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Priding itself on being one of the world’s leading universities in social sciences, with a reputation of excellence which follows such a claim, LSE is at the forefront of understanding, educating and researching the scientific study of human society and social relationships.
Whether it be through, sociology, economics or law, LSE’s view on social sciences allows the students to pursue phenomenal careers within the fields of business, law and other such fields. Nonetheless, to ensure that LSE exceeds its’ global leading character in both the world of academia and diversity, it is important that their notion on the advance in social sciences does not neglect the world of art.
Indeed, in today’s society, conversations revolve around the fusion of art, fashion, politics and society. The fashion world is merging with the social sciences, it being a medium of design which questions, highlights and diffuses ideas based at the core of this academic field. Fashion has always been a medium to portray one’s identity, class and style. Yet, today, fashion has also become a way of communicating paramount topics which relate to equality, diversity and inclusion. In a sense, fashion has always foreshadowed and reflected the advancement in social sciences, whether it be by breaking down gender roles, designing garments which break through society’s conventions or redefining the notion of ‘class systems’. Art and fashion have often lead political movements, without anyone actually understanding that the diffusion of such movements, began in the art world. A particular movement to portray this theory, is feminism.
Indeed, the modern western feminist movement came to life within the art world in the 1970’s when women were finally representing themselves in art and creating art which was so controversial, it became political. Fashion and Art have always had such an impact, though it has not always been acknowledged.
Here, at the LSE, we find ourselves within a diverse student body, where interests lie within prominent academic fields such as Economics, Politics and Law, yet also in Literature, Art, and Fashion. Our student body is far from being a mindless, robotics one. In fact, in all the subjects that LSE offers students are able to find the creativity amidst the logical components. This is because LSE has founded itself on admitting students which are not only passionate about academia, they are a ‘dynamic mix of diverse people’ who have profound ideas and original ways of viewing the world around us, this making LSE an exponent in championing the fields of research, innovation and diversity.
The London School of Economics and Political Science’s Fashion Society has been in the works for over a decade. Setting up a fashion society in the midst of politics, economics and social science proves to be ideal in understanding the fusion that creates fashion: society, culture, art and politics — with of course the backdrop of it being a multi-billion dollar industry. Students at the forefront of of social sciences academia, we are well equipped to have the discussions surrounding this interflow; and as individuals passionate about exploring the intersections of fashion, creativity, politics, economics and society, we are eager to express it through aesthetic and artistic imagination.