We went to the London College of Fashion to see what a showcase ACTUALLY involves

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It’s London Fashion Week, so we’ve been out and about finding the next big rising stars. The fashion industry is one we know many of you are interested in. It looks glitzy, creative and a whole lot of fun, right?

But is actually studying fashion as glamorous as it may seem? We went behind the scenes at the London College of Fashion student MA showcase to find out. Here are four things that we learnt.

Image Credit: Heather Clark

Image Credit: Heather Clark

1. It’s a LOT of work

From planning the show to selecting the models, the students actually have a whole lot of responsibility. LCF head Frances Corner told List for Life: “The students really do put a lot of hours in. Our MA Womenswear course continues to go from strength to strength.” Hard work pays off.

Image Credit: Heather Clark

Image Credit: Heather Clark

2. You can let your creativity run riot

Designer Sui Yuri included actual wood (seriously) in her designs. Why? “My concept involves clean, geometric shapes so the natural wood worked well with my monochrome palette” said Sui. Pretty cool, huh?

Image Credit: Heather Clark

Image Credit: Heather Clark

3. A masters showcase is the PERFECT opportunity to network

As the fashion show took place during London Fashion Week, it was the perfect opportunity for new designers to put their mark on the industry and get themselves noticed. Journalists from the national print and digital magazines sat on the front row (List for Life being one of them). Coverage in Vogue and WWD is something the students got to see *fist pump*. The students also got to work with some of the best, and well known, hair stylists and makeup artists in the business, including One Direction’s hair stylists Lou Teasdale and Lottie Tomlinson. “By holding our LCFMA16 show ahead of LFW it gives us the opportunity to profile the graduate’s collections at a time when the fashion industry is looking to London,” Frances Corner told Dezeen.

Image Credit: Heather Clark

Image Credit: Heather Clark

4. You will leave your course with a load of skills under your belt

“I got to explore new ideas,” student Yawen Qian said. “My inspiration came from my parents who are both doctors, you can see this in my collection, which is entitled Sick.” Yawen used brace-type headwear and plastic covered trainers in the collection. You will certainly leave a fashion course with a LOT of new skills!