Camilla Skovgaard short profile:
Hometown: Copenhagen, Denmark
Body type: 5′ 11″ / Slim / Slender
Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Education: Post grad
Occupation: Shoe Designer
Camilla Skovgaard about herself:
“I was born in Denmark, north of Copenhagen, as the youngest of three children.
I moved to Paris in my late teens to train in couture, the late Monsieur Erik Mortensen of Balmain had written me some encouraging words when I sent him my sketches.
Aged 20 a French owned fashion house brought me to Dubai to design for the Gulf Sheikhs’ wives and daughters and it was in this connection that I eventually came onto shoes. Shoes were often ignored, something tucked in under their floor length dress hems, and yet they are so crucial for the final look.
Few years later I partnered with a local, took over a team of tailors and embroidery technicians, and was summoned to the late President H.H. Sheikh Zayed al Nahyan’s palace for designs.
In 1998 DeBeers Inc. choose my dresses for their diamond show in Dubai, a rare occasion where one’s work could be seen in public. As is the custom for women in Muslim countries, there is a life lived in privacy, mostly in the company of other women and no media. Curiously, my business partner observed that while I had top clients then it was as if I had not yet found my true niche.
As the story unfolds – I believe shoes are something that I understand better than clothing. After 7 years in Dubai I moved to London in 2000 and completed a BA (hons) degree, score 1:0, in footwear at the esteemed Cordwainers shoe college. I learnt how to make shoe patterns, cut the leather, close uppers and last shoes. I won a number of prestigious awards in recognition of my talents as a shoe designer, namely Award for Excellence in Footwear 2003, London College of Fashion, Young Designer of the Season Award 2003, Footwear UK, Innovation in Fashion Award 2002, Cordwainers.
My own shoe line took shape when I met Italian contacts in high-end shoe manufacturing during my MA at the Royal College of Art in London from where I graduated in 2006; SAKS 5th Avenue in the US bought my first shoes. In hindsight, I would recommend students to complete their studies before taking on export but then again you hardly say no when opportunity knocks – you run with it simultaneously the best you can. Halfway through my MA I was also appointed shoe designer for British fashion house Matthew Williamson where I am now working on 4th season. I also do other projects; I treasure the stimulus and challenges various collaborations bring.
Camilla Skovgaard shoes are becoming known for their aesthetic fluid-edged style combined with high quality Italian shoemaking. “Intelligent fashionista. Think Arne Jacobsen in couture” (The Times). I design the shoes and oversee product development from drawing board to sample approval and final production at one of the best shoe factories in north Italy.
My designs have attracted a significant amount of press attention from leading media such as Financial Times, The Times, Vogue, Vogue.com, W, Harpers Bazaar as well as an increasing worldwide clientele buying direct from my website, www.camillaskovgaard.com.
In June 2007 I was awarded Queen Elizabeth Scholar Award for contribution to excellence of modern and traditional British craftsmanship. For one year, I am also Practioner in Residence at Cordwainers at London College of Fashion where I act as guest tutor on postgraduate course in footwear.
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