Juliana Sissons' Medieval armour-inspired knitwear designs on show at the V&A.
15 Aug 2013
A collection of fashion garments based on the V&A’s 16th century armour collection, designed by professional knitwear designer and University of Brighton Faculty of Arts pattern cutting tutor and visiting lecturer, Juliana Sissons, will go on show at the London Design Festival 2012 next month.
The collection, entitled Fashion and Armour, Proud Lookes and Brave Attire, will appear in the ironwork galleries at the V&A and will be accompanied by a talk about how the V&A’s Renaissance armour collection inspired Sissons' unique designs. View video.
The garments were created whilst Sissons was Designer in Residence at the V&A and are based on her knowledge of skilful pattern-cutting and sophisticated knitting techniques which she teaches students on the BA(Hons) Fashion Design with Business Studies. The course prepares students to become versatile fashion design/textiles practitioners, able to work with printed, knitted or woven textiles for industry.
Sissons talk will explore armour’s place within contemporary styles of dress, what it reveals about Renaissance ideals of body-shape and how it continues to inspire fashion designers today. She will be joined by V&A curator, Dr Angus Patterson, who has written a book entitled Fashion and Armour in Renaissance Europe: Proud Looks and Brave Attire. And Sissons will run a workshop session where participants can try their hand at creating their own designs.
The V&A exhibition runs from 14-25 September. The talk is in the Hochhauser Auditorium at the Sackler Centre takes place on 18 September at 1-1.45pm, followed by the design workshop from 2-4pm in the Arts Studio, also at the Sackler Centre.
Prior to the exhibition Sissons is giving a paper at In the Loop 3: The Voices of Knitting, an international conference at the University of Southampton from 5-7 September. Her paper entitled ‘Engaging Fashion’ is based on her experiences as a Designer in Residence at the V&A, audience participation and her research and design methodologies for creating a collection.