Couture Collection presentation: Juliana Sissons, at the V&A, 2011

March 22, 2011

 The Fashion installation, being shown in the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries created an unexpected romantic atmosphere; surrounded by the backdrop of sculptural artifacts, renaissance colours and accompanied by the soft sound of water from the fountain.

Here are some new images from the show including some interesting back stage shots from the day, showing models being made up by the lovely ‘London College of Fashion’ ‘Hair and make up’ students who worked with me on designing the ‘look’ for the models; I loved what they did with the models hair!

 Images by V&A photographer Carlos Juimenez 

Models from ‘B.M. Models’, Brighton and ‘F.M. Agency’, London

Hair and Make up by ‘London College of Fashion’ Strudents

Hair and Makeup by London College of Fashion Students

We decided to use Joan of Arc as our muse to take inspiration for strength in posture and for hair styles and make up. Platts were twisted to great effect and in order to keep within the colour theme, face make up was kept to a neutrals with hints of gold and white 


Black wool knitted suit with light gold copper wire inserts and detachable sleeves, worn by Suzie; FM Models.

Oyster cotton knitted dress with warm gold copper wire inserts with detachable sleeves and collar, worn by Kara; FM Agency

Black cotton knitted dress with black copper wire and gold lurex lace panels; detachable sleeves and black cotton knitted shorts. Worn by Kajsa; FM Agency.

Black wool knitted suit with light gold copper wire trim and slash detail; detachable sleeves. Worn by Lydia; BM Models

Surprised Museum audience, as models stand in the far arch ways of the gallery.

  • Mink grey cotton knitted suit with tuck pleated detail and detachable collar worn by Scarlet; FM Agency
  • Glaze linen knitted dress with loop detail and detachable sleeves worn by Grace; BM Models.

Back stage, Model wearing Black elastic and grey cotton knitted knitted playsuit with grey cotton and black ribbon knitted collar attachment, detachable sleeves. Shoes by Gabriella Marina Gonzalez

Flesh elastic and oyster cotton knitted playsuit with detachable sleeves, worn by Bethany; BM Models

About the author

March 22, 2011

Juliana Sissons was Fashion Designer in Residence at the V&A from July - December 2010. She was granted special access to the Museum's Medieval & Renaissance collection for study, research...

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