Juliana is a knitwear designer, educator and freelance pattern cutter.
Juliana has extensive experience in industry and, as an academic practitioner, was resident designer with the V&A .She lectures in fashion and textiles studies. As well as her practice investigations into knitwear and pattern-cutting, she champions the work of the university with local schools.
A freelance knitwear designer and pattern cutter with an illustrious clientele, Juliana has extensive experience of working with different designers. With an interest in Victorian fashion design, she was a resident designer with the V&A and tutors in Knitwear, Fashion Design and Pattern Cutting.
Juliana Sissons is a lecturer in fashion and textiles where she teaches Pattern Cutting and 'Design through 3D form'.
Her industry background is as a knitwear designer and freelance pattern cutter with clients including Alexander McQueen, Shelley Fox, Hewitts of Savile Row and the BBC; her work has also been commissioned by artists including Leigh Bowery, Andrew Logan, Britney Spears and style icon Isabella Blow.
Her practice investigations focus on the interaction between the body and materials, particularly in garments that react to the movement of the body and textiles that enhance shape. Merging pattern cutting with textile shaping skills, Juliana's garments are hand-crafted through a trial-and-error-approach with a clear distinction between the garments as final outcomes and the records of process from inspiration and design development through to pattern structure and constructed textiles.
As a designer in residence at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Juliana Sisson's work focused on the connections between the Medieval and Renaissance styles of armour and modern day perceptions of ideals in luxury clothing. Patterns were traced and developed from original garments and pieces of armour in order to explore structural shape making for knitted pieces. The practice then analysed the importance of a Museum audience when creating luxury garments.
Juliana delivers a series of ‘Master Classes’ as a visiting lecturer to a number of colleges and universities, nationally. Her own fashion/knitwear label, focuses on the development of sculptural approaches to shape and pattern making and, as a ‘Designer in Residence’ at the Victoria and Albert Museum, her collection was shown in the galleries for the ‘London Design Festival’ Sept/Oct 2012.
She wrote the 'Knitwear' volume as part of the collection of ‘Basic Fashion Design’ books (AVA Academia) and has further projects on Creative Pattern Cutting, for a series of educational ‘Course Reader Design’ books (Bloomsbury publication) both aimed at fashion design and textile students. She is developing a book about the different approaches to pattern cutting within an educational setting, including case studies from a series of Master classes devised for the University of Brighton.
Juliana Sissons originally studied Fashion and Textiles with Business Studies at the University of Brighton, gaining an Outstanding Creative Achievement Award and International Student Textile Award (2003). Her graduate collection sold to a range of exclusive stores in London and Los Angeles and she was enabled to set up her own label, with the added aid of a Crafts Council Business Development Award in 2005.
Juliana Sissons' work has resulted in the following landmark activities including collections and prizes:
2007 - 2009
As a freelance knitwear designer and pattern cutter, clients have included: Alexander McQueen, Louis Vuitton, Koji Tatsuno, Culture Shock, Anthony & Alison, Hewitts of Savile Row, The BBC, Joe Casley Hayford, Betty Jackson, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Sculptor Andrew Logan and Pop star Britney Spears. See also Pecha Kucha night, Dazed Digital article (www.dazeddigital.com/fashion/article/1755/1/juliana-sissons-haunting-knitwear) and BBC Blast - how to get inspired for your designs.
My work has received press coverage in a number of journals and magazines, such as: The Costume Journal (The Patterns of Fashion), International Textiles (Knitwear Styling Trends) International Vogue Knitwear (The New British Invasion) and The Times Newspaper Magazine (Knitwear at the V&A) my work has also featured on many websites and blogs, such as Wgsn.com. Stylenoir.com, Haute Macabre, Kit Kicks, Dazed and Confused Digital and ID on line.