The name of Camilla Skovgaard shoe designer began to appear on the pages of fashion magazines relatively recently – last year, and immediately was remembered by both fashion professionals and fans and connoisseurs of fine shoe art. The talented designer Camilla Skovgaard in the fashion world is already called the second Manolo Blahnik.
Those who are already familiar with the Camilla Skovgaard brand expect a lot of interesting things from the designer this season. The explanation is simple: in a short time she managed to get almost all the awards in the shoe industry. Moreover, the designer was offered cooperation by none other than Matthew Williamson – and the results of their joint work could be seen at his show.
Camilla admits that a passion for good, beautiful shoes sometimes creates difficulties. For example, when she selects a pair of shoes in a store, she gives sellers a lot of trouble. “There is no place for trifles in the choice of shoes: comfort, quality, design – everything is important to me, every detail,” says the designer. “My shoes should be fashionable, sexy, unusual, look natural, concise.”
Camilla was born in Denmark, but studied in England. After graduating with honors from Cordwainers College in London, she received a bachelor’s degree in humanities and in 2003 was awarded for unsurpassed skill in creating shoes. She appreciates the knowledge gained in college. Education at Cordwainers, and the quality of British design education in general, she considers one of the best. Here are her words: “My knowledge and experience gained during my studies subsequently made a great impression on many Italian manufacturers.”
Then, shortly after receiving a master’s degree, Camille Skovgaard was awarded a QUEST grant (a Queen Elizabeth grant of 5,000 pounds (!) —A truly royal scholarship! Already at Royal College of Art. Camilla admits: “Everything connected with the name of the queen is, in my opinion, the personification of Britain, therefore, having become the owner of QUEST, I seemed to have received recognition from the whole nation.” In addition, the grand gives her the opportunity to improve her skills at Cordwainers College during the year, teaching in exchange for a working studio, equipment, and the organization of exhibitions of her works.
A Danish nationality, Camilla Skovgaard, at the dawn of her career, lived and worked in Dubai for seven years. She was a clothing designer. “In the 90s …” recalls Camilla, “terrible bad taste reigned in the world of shoe fashion. Gradually realizing the importance of shoes in creating an image, I decided to rectify the situation and become a shoe maker myself.”
I must say that Camilla made sketches of clothes excellently, but Skovgaard herself, and her colleagues in the “fashion” business, felt that a niche in which she could be fully realized as a designer was not yet found. Trying to find a solution, she thought about continuing education. So she got to Cordwainers College in London, which trained specialists in the design and manufacture of shoes. According to Camille herself, she read about him in an Arab newspaper. The presented prospect of creating handmade shoes to order seemed attractive to her. “This is exactly what I was looking for,” says Camilla.
Once in London, Camilla knew all the delights of “cultural shock.” Living conditions have also changed. “Small, cold, ugly room in London” could not be compared with a comfortable and familiar life in Dubai. Now, over time, Skovgaard’s opinion of London has changed: “London is a very hospitable and cozy city. For the few years I spent here, it became my hometown,” she says, “sometimes I feel so overwhelmed with feelings of love and gratitude for London that I want to hug him tightly. ”
Despite the difficulties and discomfort, in the first days, staying in England, Camilla felt joy and inspiration from the realization that she finally found her calling in shoe design. “Shoes are more than just clothes for the legs. They do not complement the image, they create it. The ideological component of the image is enclosed in the shoes. That is why Cinderella loses a crystal shoe, not a handbag or a hair clip.”
“High-quality performance and a well-thought-out form – this is what makes shoes beautiful and comfortable. Their creation is fundamentally different from the design of clothes. The fact is that there are only a few options for the form of shoes. When we talk about its design, we often mean the finish, Decor. In the shoe fashion industry, you just need to be a wizard to create something new and unique. ”
Camilla Skovgaard is almost a sorceress, a real professional. Her, ambitious, impetuous, perfectly mastering her own business, possessing impeccable taste, was noticed by the “master of glamor” Matthew Williamson. And … offered her cooperation. “What can you say about Matthew? … Energetic, enthusiastic, practical, always full of fresh interesting ideas,” says Skovgaard. Their first joint collection was presented at New York High Fashion Week in 2006.