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.

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.
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.

Concept
Concepts take shape and craft becomes the mechanism to turn design into reality.

Henriette Sveen, MA Fashion Artefact 2016

Material
From cement to silk, leather to latex made from coffee grounds, Cordwainers shoes and accessories students blend old and new to innovative ends.

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

"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

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

Jessie White, MA Fashion Artefact 2016

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.
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'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 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.

"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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