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Cordwainers Graduates Put Best Foot Forward at the Burlington Arcade

London 's Burlington Arcade played host to flamboyant footwear icons Terry de Havilland, Linda Bennett and Beatrix Ong in celebrating London College of Fashion's latest crop of talented Cordwainers graduates.

Guests supped on raspberry-based cocktail ‘Stiletto Spike' as they enjoyed an exhibition of work by 34 students from Cordwainers at London College of Fashion, picked from across two disciplines; footwear and accessories at three levels (Foundation, Diploma and BA (Hons) Degree).

Cordwainers at London College of Fashion is the country's leading footwear and accessories college whose alumni include Professor Jimmy Choo, Patrick Cox, Linda (LK) Bennett and Emma Hope.

The work on display in London 's most prestigious shopping arcade demonstrates the huge breadth of talent that is cultivated at London College of Fashion. The collections reflect the international student base with strong Asian and Western themes using traditional skills meshed with modern technologies.

Highlights include shoes by Alienor Taylor whose chic collection is made from environmentally sustainable and ethically sourced materials and work by Charlotte MacCarthy-Morrogh who has already undertaken work experience with Vivienne Westwood and designed shoes for Patrick Cox, which were then modelled by Trudie Styler for Tatler magazine and auctioned for the Rainforest Trust. Between them the students have completed work placements with: Gina, Clarks, Elizabeth Melinek, H&M, Ally Capellino, Neisha Crosland, Scholl and James Taylor.

Beatrix Ong, recognised as one of the world's top 10 shoe designers and a Cordwainers graduate (2000), commented “It's fantastic to see the new generation of footwear and accessories designers emerge with such individuality, creativity and flair.

The Burlington Arcade is a beautiful and ideal venue for Cordwainers at London College of Fashion's first showcase outside of the college. Seeing the work in such an established retail environment truly brings the student's work to life.” Burlington Arcade, one of London 's best loved shopping arcades, is currently undergoing a multi-million pound overhaul by new owners, evolving to become home to a unique collection of luxury accessories and one of the world's most inspirational shopping destinations. It was the world's first shopping arcade when it opened in 1819 and is now recognised as a historic architectural masterpiece.

The exhibition will remain on display in the arcade until Friday 14 July 2006.

(Left) John Baker (owner of arcade), Beatrix Ong and Terry de Haviland
(Right) Terry de Havilland, Linda Bennett, Joshua Galvin and Liz de Havilland

For further images, information or interviews please contact:
Caroline Parrish
Burlington Arcade Press Office
T: 020 7630 1411
E: [email protected]

Rebecca Twine
London College of Fashion Press Office
T: 020 7514 2998
E: [email protected]

Tan leather and tartan shoes designed by Morven Mulgrew.
Cordwainers display at Burlington Arcade
(Left) Cordwainers display at Burlington Arcade
(Right) Harold Tillman (owner of Jaeger) and Beatrix Ong

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