The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers Support Shoe Exhibition

Posted May 12, 2015 at 3:10 pm in Awards, Fashion, News

Cordwainers SSParakeet  shoes by Caroline Groves (b.1959). Photography by Dan Lowe

ONE of London’s oldest livery companies, The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers, have announced that they are one of  the major supporters of the forthcoming exhibition Shoes: Pleasure and Pain to open at the Victoria and Albert Museum later this year. This show explores the extremes of footwear from around the globe.

Cordwainers SS3Red ballet shoes made for Victoria Page (Moira Shearer) by Freed of London (founded in 1929) in The Red Shoes (1948), silk satin, braid and leather, England.
Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of Northampton Museums and Art Gallery

Building on the success of the inaugural Cordwainers’ Footwear Student of the Year competition last year, footwear students from De Montfort University, University of Northampton and University of the Arts have been invited to enter this year’s Cordwainers’ Company National Footwear Student of the Year Competition 2015.
The Company has spearheaded this national award, as they believe is it is a “opportunity for the Cordwainers to lend the excellence and prestige of their livery company to the very best in British footwear design”. The  Company will also be hosting the award ceremony  at the V&A with prizes ranging from  £5,000 to £1,000 will be presented to the winners at the museum on 18 June.

Cordwainers SS4Mens shoes, gilded and marbled leather, Northamptonshire,
England (1925) © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The Cordwainers is renowned for its strong charitable ethos and as a world leader in the education and support of the shoe industry, with their primary focus being to nurture young talent, providing bursaries to students and entrepreneurs enabling them to become top shoe designers. Graduates from Cordwainers College (before it was merged into London College of Fashion) include Patrick Cox and Jimmy Choo.

Cordwainers SS 2
One sandal, gilded and incised leather and papyrus, Egypt c30 BCE-300 CE
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

by Caroline Simpson

All images courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain opens at the Victoria and Albert Museum on  June 13 – 31 January 2016

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