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Juliana Sissons Couture Fashion Show: Medieval and Renaissance Galleries: Engaging Fashion with a Museum Audience: Questionnaire

Thank you to everyone who attended my show. I recieved some fantastic comments about the production and the quality of knit; as I am particularly interested in howa Museum audience reacts to fashion showing within the Galleries, I have enclosed a filled in sample questionnaire, for you to see and am interested in your views.Juliana Sissons Couture Fashion ShowMedieval and Renaissance Galleries Victoria & Albert MuseumEngaging Fashion with a Museum Audience

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Juliana Sissons – Couture Fashion Show: Medieval and Renaissance Galleries: 19th February 2011

Inspired by Armour, these garments were designed to give personality and power to the individuals, padding builds up areas of the body and lends an imposing and authoritative touch to the female figureJuliana Sissons: Couture CollectionSaturday 19th FebruaryMedieval and Renaissance Room 50a13.30 & 15.00

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End notes

My residency came to an end on the 22nd December, though the work has remained in the studio. I will be returning to the V&A next week to begin taking apart the installation, keeping some fragments and re-cyclingother material. During the final week, photographer Sylvain Deleu came to the studio to document the work, here are aselection of his pictures. (All photos© Sylvain Deleu) All photos© Sylvain Deleu(http://www.sylvaindeleu.com)

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The Aesthetic Look

With just over a month to go before the exhibition opens its doors to the public, the press interest is growing. Last weekend the ‘How To Spend It’ feature in the Financial Times was inspired by The Cult of Beauty. Influenced by the paintings of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the stylist Damian Foxe transformed the actress Bonnie Wright into a modern day Fanny Cornforth or Alexa Wilding (Rossetti’s models and muses) Dressed in flowing olive-green and coral coloured gowns, Bonnie Wright is shown surrounded by peacock feathers and opulent floral arrangements. If you would like to see the photographs and a …

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Designing Postmodernism, Part 3: Graphics

Here's something I've learned while working on the upcoming Postmodernism show at the V&A: there are rough sketches; there are more accurate renderings; there are still more exact production drawings; and then there is graphic design. In no other field of design practice does the preparatory study approximate its finished product so closely, especially when the designer is working digitally. As a result, graphics are an art form calling for precision and intense attention. This means that graphic designers produce many, many preparatory studies, and they care about them… a lot. Of the 36 typefaces above, all of which have …

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Dressing the mannequins

In another corner of the museum, conservators and interns are hard at work making the underpinnings for the garments and dressing as many as we can before we start moving them in the gallery and the satellite spaces. It is really great to see a little army forming in the our object stores

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The build installation

On Friday 4 February the gallery was handed over to us and since Monday 7 our build contractors have moved in to begin the process of making Mr.Nihei’s vision reality. As the walls are already painted in the lovely grey and white that will dominate the aesthetics of this exhibition, the first major task for the Factory Settings team will be to lay the bright white floor. Once this is completed, they will begin erecting the black powder-coated scaffold structure which will play host to and demarcate the multi-media timeline. Only then will we be able to start plotting the …

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The final curtain

This entry brings the blog for Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes 1909-1929 to its conclusion. I had hoped to write more about the dismantling of the exhibition but time has run out. Briefly the costumes that had been on open display had to have three days in the freezer before being carefully packed. A large refrigerator was hired for a week of the kind used for ‘Wimbledon and royal events’ to keep food cool. Freezing protects fabrics, killing off any insects and, while we are vigilant and hope to keep the museum free of pests, these …

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Editing the video footage

Having just completed the selection of edits for all the fashion shows, films and performances we will be showing in the exhibition, I thought it would be nice to share a few links to Yohji Yamamoto fashion shows that will wet your appetite. Of course, there will be more and rarer footage in the exhibition and you will get the pleasure of seeing some great snippets of Mr. Yamamoto’s costume design for filmmaker Takeshi Kitano and theatre director Heiner Mueller. A/W 2009-10 femme http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytZ3jlVo1NU&feature=channel A/W 2009-10 homme http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8bQFLgwTSs&playnext=1&list=PL8A19E28C6D6D938A Madness at Yohji Yamamoto's menswear show, Autumn/Winter 2004-05, Photograph by Monica Feudi

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Castles in Spain (well factories)

Caxia-Forum, Barcelona While the galleries are being stripped, Diana and I took off for Barcelona where a significant selection of the V&A’s Diaghilev exhibition will be show from October before moving on to Madrid next year. We saw the space where it will be presented in the stunning Caxia-Forum which houses three concurrent exhibitions from all over the world at one time. The one we saw most closely was Roads to Arabia Archaeological treasures from Saudi Arabia. The building was originally a textile factory but designed a century ago in the Catalan art nouveau style by Josep Puig i Cadafalch, …

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