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Worshipful Company of Cordwainers

Triumph for De Montfort at the 2017 Footwear Awards

Posted by: JHM Date: 12 Jun 2017

The fourth Cordwainers’ Footwear Student of the Year competition was hosted in style at Clothworkers’ Hall. More than 200 guests from the footwear trade and the competing universities enjoyed an exciting evening, looking over the entrants’ portfolios and talking to a number of small footwear showcase brands. It culminated in the announcement of the winners by Katie Greenyer, Creative Director of Pentland Brands and chairman of the judging panel.

1st Prize          Rachel Hamill             De Montfort University

2nd Prize         Xiao Xiao Wang        London College of Fashion, UAL

3rd Prize          Eva Hau                      London College of Fashion, UAL

Commendations – Yoon-Yi Lee, De Montfort University and Joanna Eden, De Montfort University

Katie Greenyer said how much the judges enjoyed reviewing such imaginative portfolios and looking into the minds of the creative and talented student footwear designers.

Winner Rachel Hamill of De Montfort University, was ecstatic about her win.

‘I am so surprised and thrilled, I can’t believe I won. I would love to have my own brand one day so this is such a great start for me. I am honoured to have this recognition from the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers and to win this first prize for De Montfort University.’

Top international footwear designer and Cordwainers’ College Alumnus Nicholas Kirkwood gave the keynote address, urging the students to be passionate, original and disruptive with their design ideas.  John Miller, Clerk of the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers said:

‘We are delighted to host this national award for the very best footwear design students. We believe this will help Britain to maintain its position as the world leader in the design and manufacture of footwear.’

Showcase exhibitors include Charlotte Mills Bridal,  House of Spring,  Mifani,  Vevian and Percy Stride.

The Cordwainer Footwear Student of the Year Ceremony is kindly supported by the companies and institutions below.