From armour to fashion
Published 3 October 2012
A fashion collection based on 16th century armour has been designed by a University of Brighton lecturer.
Juliana Sissons, a knitwear designer and pattern cutting tutor at the University's Faculty of Arts, was inspired by an armour on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London. Her garments will be on show at the V&A until 5 October as part of the London Design Festival.
The collection, entitled Fashion and Armour, Proud Lookes and Brave Attire, was created whilst Juliana was Designer in Residence at the V&A and the designs are based on her knowledge of pattern-cutting and sophisticated knitting techniques which she teaches BA(Hons) Fashion Design with Business Studies students at the University of Brighton. The course prepares students to become fashion design/textiles practitioners, able to work with printed, knitted or woven textiles for industry.
Juliana gave a talk exploring 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 was 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.
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