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  • Leather: Second Skin| YKK Helmet, Rob Goodwin, 2011| Photography by Diego Indraccolo, Styling by Kay Korsh|Photograph depicting topless model wearing tan leather helmet with studding detail

    Leather: Second Skin| YKK Helmet, Rob Goodwin, 2011| Photography by Diego Indraccolo, Styling by Kay Korsh| Lead Image

  • Leather: Second Skin| Tsavo, Volker Koch, 2012| Photograph depicts model with organic shape brown leather bag

    Leather: Second Skin| Tsavo, Volker Koch, 2012| Photography by Madame Peripetie

  • Leather: Second Skin|DADA, Young Won Kim, 2012|Image depicts brown wooden platform open toe shoe with brown lacing

    Leather: Second Skin| DADA, Young Won Kim, 2012| courtesy of the artist

  • Leather: Second Skin|Falcon Hood, Oliver Ruuger, 2012| Black and white photo depicts a ill lit image with focus on a warrior style helmet with long white feathers prominent

    Leather: Second Skin|Falcon Hood, Oliver Ruuger, 2012| Photography by Alejandro Cavallo

  • Leather: Second Skin|Falcon Hood, Oliver Ruuger, 2012| Carapace, Dai Rees, 2008| Photograph depicts a ill lit dark room with leather hood hung from a butchers hook

    Leather: Second Skin|Falcon Hood, Oliver Ruuger, 2012| Carapace, Dai Rees, 2008| courtesy of the artist

  • Leather: Second Skin| Astoria, Gabrielle Dazo, 2012|Photograph depicts a side shot of black suede mule shoe with open back and curved wooden heel

    Leather: Second Skin| Astoria, Gabrielle Dazo, 2012| courtesy of the artist

  • Leather: Second Skin| Astoria, Gabrielle Dazo, 2012| Bora Kim, 2011|Manipulated warped Photograph shows a white leather stiletto heeled mule with platform and cork insert feature

    Leather: Second Skin| Astoria, Gabrielle Dazo, 2012| Bora Kim, 2011| courtesy of the artist

  • Leather: Second Skin|Dawa, Volker Koch, 2012| Photograph of a grey oval shape sculpture with oval cut out in centre

    Leather: Second Skin|Dawa, Volker Koch, 2012| Photography by Alejandro Cavallo

  • Leather: Second Skin| Exhibition Installation View of sculpture installation| Photograph of black entwined sculpture sat on white plinth

    Leather: Second Skin| Exhibition Installation View of sculpture installation| Photography by Felipe Fonseca

  • Leather: Second Skin|Exhibition Installation View of leather suspended installation| Photograph depicts leather sculpture suspended on wire wishing metal open sided frame

    Leather: Second Skin|Exhibition Installation View of leather suspended installation| Photography by Felipe Fonseca

  • Exhibition Installation View of Dawa, Volker Koch, 2012 installation| Photograph depicts a metal open sided frame with organic sculptural leather items suspended by wire

    Exhibition Installation View of Dawa, Volker Koch, 2012 installation| Photography by Felipe Fonseca

Leather: Second Skin

23 November 2012–22 January 2013

Leather: Second Skin coincided with the 125th anniversary of Cordwainers at London College of Fashion, and was a celebration of the use and interrogation of leather by students, alumni and practitioners at the college. This exhibition brought together makers at different stages of their careers, offering a unique insight into the interpretation of leather at London College of Fashion.

Selected for their individual perspectives and uncompromising approaches to leather, these participants utilised traditional artisan techniques and cutting-edge technology to craft provocative and challenging works. These works represented artistic and personal responses to the material and, through their engagement in craft traditions, served to reinforce leather’s historical and functional properties. For this exhibition new works by leading practitioners in the field Dai Rees, Oliver Ruuger and Rob Goodwin were commissioned and exhibited alongside work from the Cordwainers’ archive, recent graduates and current students.

Featured works included Untitled by 
Dai Rees, a moulded piece using a combination of laminated leather and rubber, suspended from above using hooks and chains, and Synnecrosis by Oliver Ruuger, a recent graduate from the MA Fashion Artefact Programme in 2011.

 

Venus Helix by 
Rob Goodwin is a newly commissioned piece that is a sculptural work celebrating the craft and skills he embodies. Corkscrews of corset lacing and elegant quilting metamorphose into a riot of studs and reptilian intricacy. Sumbawanga Trail
 by Volker Koch comprises pieces from his final collection for the 2012 MA Fashion Footwear show, which are moulded and hand-stitched from vegetable-tanned leather, sculpted to mimic the body’s contours when worn.

Additional works were presented under the concept of a ‘Future Archive’. Exhibited alongside work by current students and recent graduates from the Cordwainers at London College of Fashion programmes, examples from the vast Cordwainers’ archive of over 650 shoes were shown.  Featured students and graduates included Ross Barber, Pauline Courtois, Gabrielle Dazzo, Bora Kim, Paul Kim, Jack McNamara, Jay Rosenberg, Min Song and Young Won Kim.

Leather: Second Skin was curated by Leanne Wierzba and Gemma Williams.