First year undergraduates studying BA Footwear: Product Design and Innovation at Cordwainers, London College of Fashion have the golden opportunity to follow in the savvy steps of successful brand and designer, Charlotte Olympia, with a new scholarship scheme.
Charlotte Dellal, creator at self-titled company, graduated from the creditable course at the prestigious Cordwainers College. The reputable and highly-acclaimed institute has long led the way in footwear and accessories tuition, celebrating a rich heritage of 125 years of top-class teaching.
Alongside the British Council Education Foundation (BFC), an organisation that supports gifted young individuals through vocational pathways and grants, Charlotte has proposed to fund the final three years of one student’s four year degree, with a practical work-place position.
Charlotte Olympia is passionate about championing the footwear market, so this specialist initiative aims to give future footwear designers a kick-start and a foot in the door into a much sought-after industry with a paid internship.
Speaking about this scheme, Charlotte said: “I am very happy to be giving something back to a school which provided me with the skills and confidence to create my own luxury brand and build a career in an industry I love.”
The director of the BA course will select the star students from the year who’ve stood out by taking the training in their stride, and will then present their polished portfolios to an impressive panel of judges of accomplished fashion professionals.
The stylish list of judges includes: Charlotte Olympia herself, Sarah Mower MBE, BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent and fashion journalist at US Vogue, Business of Fashion founder Imran Ahmed and Helen David, Fashion Director of Womenswear, Women’s shoes, Fine Jewellery, accessories and Childrenswear at Harrods.
The lucky winning scholar will become part of the footwear design team at the luxury shoes and accessories label. From shadowing industry experts, the work experience sets out to develop new talent, helping them find their feet.
The scheme will be available from their second academic year, starting from September 2015. It will be an ongoing scholarship that will encourage all first year students to step forward and enrol.
Putting herself in their shoes, Charlotte recognises the financial struggle of today’s prospective students when affording current costly fees, and wants to shape education with this career-related, paid programme.
The shiny new scheme is a positive leap for the next generation towards gaining skills, qualifications and valuable work experience, fast-tracking individuals who’ve demonstrated great potential into the competitive fashion circuit.
Sarah Mower, MBE, commented on this amazing opportunity: “In establishing this award, [Charlotte] is a standard-bearer for philanthropy in education, at a time when students’ financial struggle to meet the rising costs and living has never been so acute.”
“In joining with objectives of the British Fashion Council Education Foundation, Charlotte’s generosity and mentorship will ensure a bright future for the next talents in accessories.”