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06.12.2012

 

Sex, briefcases, shoeboxes and dust bags: GoSee ponders the meaning of leather at the private view of Leather: Second Skin at London College of Fashion

The Fashion Space Gallery at the renowned London College of Fashion presents its latest exhibition Leather: Second Skin. The show celebrates the 125th anniversary of the world famous Cordwainers College in East London, which has trained specialists in leather craftsmanship for over a century and merged with London College of Fashion in 2000.

Since joining forces with London College of Fashion (LCF) just over twelve years ago, Cordwainers remains an influential institution in its contribution to educating the next generations within two of the most burgeoning and lucrative areas of the fashion industry: shoes and handbags.

Indeed, as we all know, leather handbags and shoes are often the most expensive and highly crafted items in a designer’s collection and usually the most treasured items in our own wardrobes at home. They come in dust bags and boxes and we like to keep them safely stored away in there.

Most will agree that leather seems to just look better with age. Creases in leather bare the marks of time. Our first baby shoes, an old wallet, a loved biker jacket. Wrinkled memories encrypted on the surface like the creases on the back of a hand a palm reader pores over.

In fact it is this historic aspect of leather and its ability to withstand the test of time that has contributed to making this durable ancient material used to protect us from the elements so fashionable to this very day.

Leather: Second Skin celebrates and explores this fascinating material. It presents an intriguing collection of crafted leather goods by contemporary students and alumni, as well as historic pieces selected from the Cordwainers Collection, which dates from 1780 to the late 1990s (see photos of the cabinets).

GoSee attended the private view on 23 November 2012 and presents a selection of snaps from the champagne fuelled evening attended by a crowd of fashionable guests, many of which were dressed in… yes you guessed it!

The working leather studio at the entrance particularly impressed us, here we watched a Cordwainers student make a gorgeous tan leather handbag before our eyes.

Upstairs in the main gallery, we were struck by the connotations leather can often take of fetishism, sex and power in the bold briefcase-like black leather sculptural piece ‘Synnecrosis’ by Oliver Ruuger.

Meanwhile ‘Untitled’ by Dai Rees, fittingly hung on meat hooks, confronted us with the less glamorous origins of leather, which we all too often forget when confronted with beautifully crafted and polished luxury goods.


Leather: Second Skin
23 November – 22 January 2013

Fashion Space Gallery
London College of Fashion
20 John Princes Street
London W1G 0BJ


Opening times:
Monday – Friday: 10am – 6pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Nearest tube: Oxford Circus


fashionspacegallery.com

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