Worshipful Company of Cordwainers

The Cordwainers National Footwear Student Awards are now in their fifth year. The Company is delighted to be emphasising its roots in shoemaking and footwear design by encouraging the brightest and best among young footwear designers.

The entrants

The competition is open to students at the three British universities that run footwear design courses:

  • De Montfort University, Leicester
  • University of Northampton
  • Cordwainers at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London

The 2018 winners

Many congratulations to all our finalists for their dedication and hard work.
We salute the winners:

1st Prize   Barbara Fiedler Weirszewska      London College of Fashion
2nd Prize   Yunfei Ma                                              London College of Fashion
3rd Prize   Edina McClelland                               De Montfort University

Commendation 1: Orla O’Hagan                      De Montfort University
Commendation 2: Xiaoyue Wei                         London College of Fashion
Commendation 3  Joseph Ling                          De Montfort University

Download a full list of the finalists and their work.

The trophy

The Cordwainers have commissioned British design studio Yunus and Eliza to create a new trophy for the 2018 ceremony. This beautiful sterling silver trophy embodies a spirit of design, innovation and creativity.
Read a more detailed press release here.

The judges

Highly respected members of the footwear trade, the judging team is composed of

  • Liveryman Katie Greenyer, Creative Director of Pentland Brands,
  • Liveryman Guy West of Jeffery-West
  • Liveryman Atalanta Weller, footwear designer
  • Guest judge and keynote speaker, Camilla Elphick

Read more about the judging team here.


The Master with the gold medallists from 2014, 2016 & 2015

Winners 2014-17

2014 Helen Kirkum, University of Northampton

2015 Ganna Domnich, University of the Arts London, London College of Fashion

2016 Caroline Klemp, University of the Arts London, London College of Fashion

2017 Rachel Hamill, De Montfort University

‘Winning the Cordwainers National Footwear Student of the Year competition in 2014 really made me believe in myself, and consider myself as a recognisable footwear designer on a national level.’ (Helen Kirkum, winner 2014,  footwear artist and consultant. www.helenkirkum.com)

‘I am extremely grateful to have gained this accolade and the prize funds which have helped me to develop further as a footwear designer. The award has allowed me to be recognised and stand out as a top tier graduate. It has instilled me with confidence that I have chosen the correct career path and fuelled my determination to do well within the industry.’ (Rachel Hamill, winner 2017)

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