The ‘Georgina Goodman’ footwear brand has become synonymous with uncompromising style, clarity of vision and discreet originality. Georgina Goodman the designer embodies that philosophy: twice nominated Accessory Designer of the Year by the British Fashion Council, she has established long standing design collaborations, most famously with Lee McQueen, with whom she created iconic shoes for his catwalk collections and the Alexander McQueen label.
An early career in fashion journalism, in both television on The Clothes Show, and in print at i-D Magazine and Elle, demonstrated Georgina’s distinctive eye for style. Wanting a further challenge, she enrolled on the BA in Footwear Design at Cordwainers College in London, before completing an MA in Womenswear/ Footwear at the Royal College of Art, where she studied under Manolo Blahnik, winning the designer’s prestigious Shoe Design Competition
In 2002 the first Georgina Goodman boutique in Mayfair opened – offering a bespoke ‘couture’ service, followed by seasonal collections manufactured in Italy – and with it the birth of the Georgina Goodman brand. She added a shop on Old Bond Street, soon becoming a ‘must visit’ destination for discerning clients and style icons such as Kate Moss and Thandie Newton, drawn by the discreet luxury, stylish inventiveness and attention to detail Georgina is known for. Georgina’s designs also attracted the attention and acclaim of the international fashion media.
In 2010 a significant investment of venture capital promised to expand her enterprise. Due to subsequent irreconcilable differences the investors forced the closure of the business and in early 2012 Georgina lost not only her growing company but also the rights to use her own name. In spite of this terrible shock, Georgina’s persistence, inner strength and resolve drove her on. In November 2013 she purchased back the ‘Georgina Goodman’ trademark and all intellectual property.
Even during her ‘nameless’ time, her unstinting creativity and desire to explore her chosen craft through other art forms led to collaborative projects with artists and filmmakers. Georgina created wearable glass shoes for the film La Douleur Exquise (2014) by Nick Knight, both subsequently shown as part of the Killer Heels exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum in New York and now touring. In 2013 she launched her blog Love Shoes and Other Stories as a hub of creative inspiration. Alongside her consultancy work, she has been creating couture and art shoes in her design studio, the latter destined for exhibition in the spring of 2016.
Georgina feels strongly about passing on her experience to the next generation through mentoring and teaching young footwear designers, as well as lecturing at Cordwainers College and the Royal College of Art.
She has been made a member of the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers, and has been invited to become a Liveryman, (an honour rarely awarded to a woman). This and other achievements acknowledge not only her uncommon talent but also her clarity of purpose and determination to create ‘amazing shoes for amazing women.’
In 2015 Georgina has entered the commercial shoe landscape again with a new business, new team and reinforced vision. The fresh iteration of the Georgina Goodman brand launches with a new e-commerce project, an online Couture Boutique selling one-off and limited edition pieces, and a collection of perennial ‘Forever’ shoes.
My philosophy has always been straightforward; Be Consistent; Be Clear; Be Who We Really Are and most importantly; Be In Love.
Georgina Goodman. Made in love.
Georgina worked across catwalk and commercial collections for the following designers from 2004 – 2012: Alexander McQueen & McQ, Casadei, Pollini, Luella Bartley, Erdem, Pringle, Tommy Hilfilger, Kinder, New Look, Arcadia, Karen Walker, Bryan Reyes.
Timeline of Events
Awarded Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers
Started ongoing collaboration with photographer filmmaker Jez Tozer. First project shot this month was a film for the new website launch with working title ‘Desire’.
Georgina speaks at V&A symposium ‘Shoes: Culture and Innovation’ talking about her ‘Shoe Story’
Georgina speaks at V&A symposium ‘Alexander McQueen; Sabotage and Tradition’ talking about her time working with McQueen.
Product Launch: Diffusion line GG’s by Georgina Goodman launches with The Slipper
Exhibit: ‘The Glass Shoe’ within ‘Killer heels’ Brooklyn Museum – on tour till Sept 2016
Exhibit: LOVE shoes within “Killer heels” Brooklyn Museum
Art Piece: ‘The Glass Shoe’ is born in collaboration with Max Jacquard for Nick Knight’s film “La douleur exquise”, destined for exhibiton in Brooklyn Museum
Buy back Georgina Goodman Trademark
Exhibit: ‘The Shoe Artifact 1’ exhibited as part of The Grand Tour Exhibition at Aynhoe Park
Art Piece: ‘The Shoe Artifact 1’ is born destined for exhibit at Aynhoe Park.
Launch of blog “Love Shoes and Other Stories”
Consultancy for Alexander McQueen diffusion line McQ running from 2012 – 2013
In June 2012 due to irreconcilable qualitative and quantitative differences with the investors, they decided to force the business into administration in order to take the Trademark and work alone. This was despite a 64% season on season growth rate in volume. All Creditors were paid in full.
Awarded: Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers
Contribution to a group show ‘Art and Craft’ at Pertwee Anderson Gold gallery. The exhibition was exploring the area between art and craft and Georgina made a pair of bronze shoe sculptures.
A collaboration with British artist Alex Daw, emerging artist from east London who has gained recognition for his work with collage using fashion magazines. This project used live installation to explore the point at which shoes become an art object. The installation, using mixed media, aimed to make shoes as sculpture and was completed in the Georgina Goodman Paris Showrom.
Georgina Goodman Limited took in a £4m injection of growth capital.
British Council Smart Talks – An inspirational lecture tour of China, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, aimed at creative arts students – with the theme ‘Ignite your ideas’.
Georgina Goodman creates catwalk and commercial collections for the designers Erdem, Luella, Kinder and Tommy Hilfiger.
Opening of Old Bond Street Fagship Store March 2008
Georgina Goodman appointed as design consultant for Casadei running for 8 seasons SS08 to AW011
Alexander McQueen appoints Georgina Goodman as consultant for its women’s shoe collections. Georgina designed all the commercial and show shoe collections for 8 seasons from AW07 to Pre SS11
Georgina Goodman nominated for Accessory Designer of the Year Award by the British Fashion Council for second year running
Ports 1961 approach Georgina Goodman to start collaborative project and to develop exclusive “Georgina Goodman for Port 1961” collection for SS07
First “Annual Shoe Love Sale” takes place at Mayfair store. Over 200 pairs sold in first 2 hours
Manolo Blahnik in Footwear News front cover article describes Georgina Goodman as one of the few emerging designers in the footwear industry that stands out
Georgina Goodman voted 21st hottest store in London by Time Out Magazine
Arcadia Group appoint Georgina Goodman on revolving contract to create capsule Georgina Goodman collection for high street retailer Evans. Georgina Goodman ‘Love Me. Love My Shoes’ featured as main window display in 36 UK high street stores
Overview of press coverage to date shows that Georgina Goodman has been regularly acknowledged by over 200 worldwide quality publications including personal profiles in 10 versions of the fashion bible, VOGUE
Georgina Goodman nominated for Accessory Designer of the Year Award by the British Fashion Council.
Georgina Goodman featured in Telegraph Magazine as a new leading light in British shoe design
Georgina Goodman featured in influential US style magazine SURFACE, being named the “London’s It-Girl of footwear”
Georgina Goodman featured in Financial Times – How To Spend It Magazine ‘Best New International Shoe Designers’
Collaborative project with photographer Mark Lebon. ‘Love and Shoes’ was a multi media installation exploring the emotions of woman and shoes. Using photography, film and foot casting.
Aeffe (Pollini) appoints Georgina Goodman as a consultant to create shoe collection for Rifat Ozbek (launch AW05) on a revolving seasonal basis. Continued for 3 seasons.
Features in a group show ‘Fashion at Belsay’; Sponsored by English Heritage. Georgina was invited to be inspired by and use one room of heritage building Belsay Castle. Georgina created site-specific piece ‘All is One’, a hanging leather shoe sculpture that was displayed in the butlers pantry.
Georgina Goodman launches men’s bespoke footwear collection in collaboration with Dominic Casey.
Georgina Goodman shoes feature on front cover of Vogue UK.
First Georgina Goodman Ready to Wear collection launched for SS04
Georgina Goodman commissioned by the Design Museum to submit a piece for ‘Somewhere Totally Else’, an exhibition made up of the best new British designers.
Georgina Goodman and business partner BJ Cunningham establish flagship store in the heart of Mayfair offering first collection of Couture Women’s shoes, bags and accessories.
Georgina Goodman Limited incorporated.
Georgina Goodman graduates with MA Honours from the Royal College of Art (London) top of her graduating class.
Manolo Blahnik Award 2001 – Royal College of Art.
Georgina was awarded the Honorable Company Cordwainers Cup for Excellence
Georgina Goodman graduates with BA Honours from Cordwainers College (London) with the first, First Class Degree ever awarded by the college.
Nominations and Accolades
1999 Awarded the Honorable Company Cordwainers Cup for Excellence
2001 Manolo Blahnik Award 2001 at Royal College of Art.
2005 Nominated accessories designer of the year by BFA
2006 Nominated accessories designer of the year by BFA
2011 Awarded: Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers
2015 Awarded: Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers