Creativeworks London funded London-based creative entrepreneurs to take up a short-term residency with one of its research partners. The examples below demonstrate the range of residencies that were funded by CWL. More information about the scheme can be found here.

Entrepreneur-In-Residence Scheme

Alice Cicolini and London College of Fashion


Alice Cicolini, Studio Cicolini

Academic Partner

Professor Judith Clark, London College of Fashion

Project Title

Curating Fashion in Virtual Reality

Project Description

Originally the partnership of Alice Cicolini of Studio Cicolini and LCF MA Fashion Curation students intended to explore the potential of exhibiting fashion within a virtual environment. The scheme would pioneer a new means of displaying fashion products, a more affordable extension of opportunities for students, beyond gallery and catwalk shows. Unfortunately due to unforeseen complications on the technical side of the project the intention had to be shifted.

During the residency Cicolini delivered three workshops sessions to students at London College of Fashion between the 14th and 15th of September, these sessions focused on developing curatorial thinking beyond visual communication. Cicolini invited two guest tutors to the workshops, Melissa Coleman, an artist, curator and creative technologist specialised in e-textiles, fashion tech and connected objects, and Dr Jane Harris, Associate Dean of Research at LCF.

The residency concluded with an exhibition at The Gallery at Foyles on Charing Cross Road. An Ode to A Rebours: A Multi Sensory Exploration of Contemporary Design & Master-craftsmanship ran from the 24th of November 2014 to the 23rd of January 2015. Featured in the exhibition were works from eleven leading makers and designers. Works on display were combined with scent and sound making An Ode to A Rebours the first London exhibition to combine multiple senses into layers of narrative experience. The exhibition was co-curated by Cicolini and Mark Davey, founder of Futurecity.

Beyond these outcomes Cicolini has launched a new branding agency with Claire Sokell Thompson, Vetyver specializes in making brand experiences more memorable and seductive by marrying branding expertise with sensory design. Cicolini has also engaged the V&A in an ongoing dialogue regarding a potential commission and created a sustained engagement with the Centre for Fashion Curation at LCF.

Queen Mary - University of London
Arts & Humanities Research Council
European Union
London Fusion

Creativeworks London is one of four Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to develop strategic partnerships with creative businesses and cultural organisations, to strengthen and diversify their collaborative research activities and increase the number of arts and humanities researchers actively engaged in research-based knowledge exchange.