Cordwainers at London College of Fashion is a global leader in footwear and accessories education which, throughout its 125-year history, has supported, shaped and influenced its related industry.
Here we share some of our biggest successes, celebrate our history and launch a campaign that invites you to join us in fashioning our future.
Cordwainers 125 Events
Footwear design by Jubin Yoo, BA Cordwainers Footwear
If you are interested in receiving any more information about these events, please contact our Events Team on email@example.com or 0207 514 2074.
To mark the 125th anniversary of Cordwainers at LCF, we are planning a year of activity to celebrate the success of our students and alumni whilst, at the same time, raising a minimum of £125,000 in order to support the next generation of footwear and accessories designers.
Gala Dinner and Auction, Sept 2013
The finale of our 125th anniversary year will be marked by a gala dinner, coinciding with London Fashion Week in September 2013. The event will be held in a prestigious central London venue and will incorporate a fundraising auction which will allow guests an opportunity to bid for items and experiences that money simply cannot buy.
Launch event at Golden Lane, Nov 2012
Read about the launch event on the Snapshot blog.
Leather: Second Skin exhibition, Nov 2012 - Jan 2013
An exhibition at the Fashion Space Gallery celebrating the use and interrogation of leather by students, alumni and practioners at the college. Read more on the events blog.
Celebrating our history
Founded in Bethnal Green in 1887, the joint project of the Worshipful Companies of Cordwainers and Leathersellers, Cordwainers’ College merged with London College of Fashion in 2000. London College of Fashion is the UK’s only college which specialises in fashion education and is itself a constituent college of University of the Arts London, Europe’s largest university dedicated to the study of arts, communication and design.
Historically, Cordwainers’ College has always held a strong technical focus, intended to support the burgeoning British footwear and manufacturing industry. However during the latter part of the 20th century, like a lot of British manufacturing, the British footwear industry went into decline, which could have had adverse implications for the College’s technically biased portfolio of courses, were it not for the progressive thinking of the Cordwainers’ College staff who developed the then radical approach that, whilst the technical grounding should remain fundamental to the syllabus, design would be incorporated as the value-added element.
This change enabled the College to keep its world lead and the change and nature of its academic provision was to prove the basis upon which the British shoe and accessories industry has built a strong and profitable position at the forefront of international competition.
A student in our workshops, c.1947