TAFE Queensland will welcome world-renowned shoe craftsman Professor Jimmy Choo to Brisbane from 28 September to 1 October.

Professor Choo will share his passion and knowledge of couture shoes with TAFE Queensland fashion students and Brisbane fashion enthusiasts. Known as one of the most celebrated names in fashion, Professor Choo’s beautiful creations have adorned the feet of royalty, celebrities and pop stars.

TAFE Queensland Chief Executive Officer Jodi Schmidt said Professor Choo was inspired to visit Brisbane after learning about TAFE Queensland’s leading teaching ethos: to promote innovation and creativity through applied skills.

“The importance of skills-based training for the fashion leaders of tomorrow is a subject that is close to Professor Choo’s heart,” said Schmidt.

“His philosophy is perfectly aligned with everything that TAFE Queensland stands for.”

Over four days, Professor Choo will be the guest of honour at four TAFE Queensland events. The first three will be ticketed for fashion lovers to attend. Guests will have the opportunity to attend an exhibition showcasing six pairs of never-before-seen couture shoes, followed by a silent auction of Professor Choo’s art works and a Fashion Symposium. TAFE students will join Professor Choo for a private masterclass on the art of shoe making and design on 1 October.

“We have world class fashion facilities at our campus and to make it in a notoriously tough industry you have to have skilled know-how on the making of the product. It is why our graduates are sought-after and working around the world in some of the biggest fashion houses such as Tom Ford, Donna Karan and Ellery,” said Schmidt.

“TAFE Queensland is the largest provider of vocational education and training in the state. Students today need a competitive edge – and we provide a robust education that enables students to think as well as do.”

Professor Choo, who comes from a family of shoe craftsman, has been the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including an OBE. Since establising his couture label in 1986, Professor Choo’s made-to-order designs have included an extensive range of hand-beaded, hand-stitched and personalised shoes ranging from slippers, sandals, mules and boots.

Today, Professor Choo is an Ambassador for Footwear Education at the London College of Fashion and a spokesperson for the British Council.

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