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

February 27, 2011

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 how a 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 Museum

 Engaging Fashion with a Museum Audience


  • What attracted you to this event?

 The knowledge that the wealth of special treasures in the V&A collection could be the source of inspiration for a contemporary fashion collection

  •  Was the presentation how you expected it to be?

 I expected a usual catwalk show. This was special, new!

  •  What did you particularly like about the show?

 The complexity of the knitting that emerged from the research

  •  Is a museum setting a good place to show contemporary fashion?

 Yes, particularly when the space is considered and interacted with, to design the show production, as in this case.

  •  What, if anything, did you find thought-provoking in what you saw and heard at this event?

To want to view the source of the research and helps see aspects in a new invigarated way

  •  Has attending this event changed the way you feel about contemporary art / design / craft?

Craft, research and particularly the notion of historical reference

  •  “Excess becomes a means of communication and experimentation” Do you feel the artist has been able to convey a story in an engaging way to the Museum audience?

 120 per cent success and in this regard, powerful beyond expectation, considering I had seen a show two weeks earlier, which was conventional; in the current climate we need ‘Special’; this was.

  •  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 figure; has this event inspired you to find out more about the work of this artist?

 Yes, how?

About the author

February 27, 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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