FASHION MAKES STYLE: CORDWAINERS AT LONDON COLLEGE OF FASHION

London College of Fashion

Cordwainers College was founded in 1887 and became part of London College of Fashion in 2000. This gives our Footwear and Accessories courses an unrivalled global reputation, but also allows students access to the extensive Cordwainers archive and invaluable support of the Cordwainers Advisory Board.

Laced boot for a sheep, Unknown, c.1900, From the collection of: London College of Fashion
History
Cordwainers at London College of Fashion, UAL, originated as an independent Trade School. Founded in Bethnal Green in 1887, it was a joint project between the Worshipful Companies of Corwainers and Leathersellers, the City and Guilds of London Institute and the Boot and Shoe Manufacturers’ Association. It became Cordwainers Technical College in 1913 and in 2000 it merged with London College of Fashion, moving from Mare Street to Golden Lane.
BA (Hons) Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design and Development, 2016, LCF, 2016, From the collection of: London College of Fashion
Golden Lane
Our Cordwainers courses are BA (Hons) Cordwainers Fashion Bags and Accessories: Product Design and Innovation, BA (Hons) Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design and Innovation, MA Fashion Artefact and MA Fashion Footwear. Every course is taught at Golden Lane near the Barbican.

Leather stock room at Golden Lane, London College of Fashion

Discover MA Footwear at LCF

Dai Rees, Creative Director of Postgraduate Communities and former Course Director of MA Fashion Artefact.

BA (Hons) Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design and Development, 2016, LCF, 2016, From the collection of: London College of Fashion
Concept
Concepts take shape and craft becomes the mechanism to turn design into reality.

Henriette Sveen, MA Fashion Artefact 2016

BA (Hons) Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design and Development, 2016, LCF, 2016, From the collection of: London College of Fashion
Material
From cement to silk, leather to latex made from coffee grounds, Cordwainers shoes and accessories students blend old and new to innovative ends.
Zaiga Brutane, Tsun Cheung, Caroline Klemp and Joseph Mangan, LCF BA16, Zaiga Brutane/Joseph Mangan/Tsun Cheung Lai/Caroline Klemp/LCF, 2016, From the collection of: London College of Fashion

Caroline Kemp
"The shoes are cement construction with an EVA platform buildup. Our shoes are the pedestals upon which we stand and therefore ought to be the most amazing foundation possible."
Find out about Caroline Kemp's graduate collection on LCF News

Min Heo, LCF BA16 Cordwainers, Min Heo/LCF, 2016, From the collection of: London College of Fashion

Min Heo

"The upper is made out of soft materials such as sheepskin and fabric. The designs involve a lot of quilting, and details such as lacing and taping, inspired by Korean traditional craft and modern lingerie. For the heels and platforms, I used 3D printed nylon and highly compressed paper blocks cut by CNC milling."

Find out about Min Heo's graduate collection on LCF News

BA (Hons) Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design and Development, 2016, LCF, 2016, From the collection of: London College of Fashion
Process
"I’m trying to figure out how to make footwear sustainable while still using everyday materials. I have a coffee every morning to start my day, and the project I’m working on focuses on latex. I incorporated this into my work and have been using coffee latex, with saw dust and a removable insole." - Mfundo Mahlanghu
BA (Hons) Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design and Development, 2016, LCF, 2016, From the collection of: London College of Fashion

Jessie White, MA Fashion Artefact 2016

Xue Shao, BA14 Cordwainers Footwear, LCF, Xue Shao/LCF, 2014, From the collection of: London College of Fashion
The finished product...
Discover some of the innovative and beautifully crafted footwear and accessories made by London College of Fashion students from across BA Cordwainers and MA Fashion Artefact.
Cordwainers Footwear, BA14 LCF, LCF, 2014, From the collection of: London College of Fashion
Carl Blanche, BA14 Cordwainers Footwear, LCF, Carl Blanche/LCF, 2014, From the collection of: London College of Fashion
Jasmine Ellis, BA14 Cordwainers Footwear, LCF, Jasmine Ellis/LCF, 2014, From the collection of: London College of Fashion
BA14 Cordwainers Footwear, LCF, LCF, 2014, From the collection of: London College of Fashion
School of Design and Technology, BA14 LCF, LCF, 2014, From the collection of: London College of Fashion
HeeSue Seo, BA14 Cordwainers Footwear, LCF, HeeSue Seo/LCF, 2014, From the collection of: London College of Fashion
Yena Ahn, BA14 Cordwainers Footwear, LCF, Yena Ahn/LCF, 2014, From the collection of: London College of Fashion
Sofie Birkin, BA14 Cordwainers Footwear, LCF, Sophie Birkin/LCF, 2014, From the collection of: London College of Fashion
Minhee Jung, LCF BA16 Cordwainers, Minhee Jung/LCF, 2016, From the collection of: London College of Fashion
Minhee Jung, LCF BA16 Cordwainers, Minhee Jung/LCF, 2016, From the collection of: London College of Fashion
Eunsun Park, BA14 Cordwainers Fashion Bags and Accessories, LCF, Eunsun Park/LCF, 2014, From the collection of: London College of Fashion
Camilla Elphick, Camilla Elphick/Ken Christensen, 2015, From the collection of: London College of Fashion
Alumni
Cordwainers at London College of Fashion, UAL, has produced world class footwear and accessories designers including Sophia Webster, Camilla Elphick, Una Burke and Dorateymur.
Camilla Elphick, Camilla Elphick, 2015, From the collection of: London College of Fashion

Camilla Elphick's Pez shoe shot her to fame in 2013 and was featured in LCF's College Shop initiative. Camilla was a student on BA (Hons) Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design and Innovation and upon graduating went onto set up her own label.

Una Birke by Brian Gallagher, From the collection of: London College of Fashion

Una Burke studied MA Fashion Artefact at LCF, and went on to create leatherwear sported by celebritites and used in films.
Find out more about Una.

Una Birke by Brian Gallagher, From the collection of: London College of Fashion

"There have been so many highlights in the various areas of the business, from my WGSN Global Fashion Awards nomination to selection for the ITS#8 Competition, to making costumes for Lady Gaga’s world tour, Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood music video and for The Hunger Games movies."

Una Burke, Alumna - MA Fashion Artefact

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