Elizabeth Dunn is a graduate of Cordwainers and she designs bespoke shoes. She working on her next collection and a few moments to tell us about it!
What inspired you to become a shoe design?
I have always been a creative person, My father has to be my biggest inspiration, as he is a design and technology teacher and very skilled in wood work. i originally was doing fashion design and then started designing footwear. i feel like i fell into it, but it has been the best thing to ever happen to me, as for me its the perfect combination on sewing and practical 3D work.
Did you enjoy studying at Cordwainers?
Cordwainers is such a renowned college and i really enjoyed being taught how to produce my own shoes and having all the facilities to do so.
What is the inspiration for you next collections?
My next collection i am currently working on is based on Gustaf Klimt, he is such an inspirational artist, i love the use of colours and his flowing paintings. This collection will be showcased at London Fashion Week Fall 2011, as i am collaborating with a womenswear designer.
How many styles will you do?
15 styles is the aim but it could be anything up from 10 designs
How you do describe your style?
My Collections consists of footwear that feels practical without compromising on style and individuality. The ranges are solid, innovative, beautiful, feminine and full of contrasts, with dramatic silhouettes.
What has been the most challenging aspect of being a new shoe designer?
The most challenging aspect of being a new shoe designer is gaining the best exposure within the industry, also setting up a new footwear brand is very expensive in terms of production, Thus why my shoes are all made to order at present, i love making them, but one day i would love for them to be factory produced so they can be more affordable and much wider available.