Creating sophisticated footwear for sexy women, Camilla Skovgaard is the award-winning designer with a stark signature palette and cutting edge aesthetic.
Formerly designing evening wear for the upper class circles of Dubai, Hong Kong and China, Camilla’s background in fashion began with her passion for fine art. Studying at the Royal College of Art, fascinated by creative infrastructures and the technical details which piece together compositions, this late bloomer has a tortoise tattooed on her arm to remind herself of her natural pace in life. Discovering her interest in shoe design incidentally, intrigued by the few points of distinction allowed when designing original and beautiful footwear, Cordwainer Camilla has distinguished her fluid edged, severe signature techniques by exaggerating her signature heel details, playing with heights and shape within her work.
Recognised with the Queen Elizabeth Scholar award for excellence in British Craftsmanship in 2007, nominated for Accessories Designer of the Year at the 2010 at the Briitsh Fashion Awards and winning a much coveted Elle Style Award later that year, you can imagine this fine femme has a well-stocked mantelpiece! i-D Online caught up with the woman of many talents to find out what she’s got lined up for spring/summer 2011.
What do you consider to be the point of crossover between shoe deign and art? Shoes are a utility product, carrying some sixty kilos of weight on their journey, they quickly bear marks of wear. It’s fitted and produced with the purpose of function, I don’t think shoes are art in this sense, but design. In my opinion, art is something you look at only.
You have studied in various places, how is this reflected in your aesthetic? I believe each man is to his own journey, for me personally it was important to complete formal university degrees, getting something solid on paper. It was good for me to see things through to the end and I had some fantastic teachers at Cordwainers who made my there years there one of the best times of my life. I also made some good friends during that time.
Do you paint you toe nails? Yes, preferably a clear cream or a dark colour for change. I like well groomed hands and feet. NO French manicures!
Which designers would you like to collaborate with in the future? Rick Owens.
What emerging talent would you tip for big things in the future? I’m going to say my two classmates from Royal College of Art – Eudon Choi and Christopher Raeburn.