Online course

Silk: From Cocoon to Catwalk

Friday 14 January 2022 - Friday 18 February 2022

+44 (0)20 7942 2000

Silk has long captured the imagination of peoples across the globe, inspiring creativity in the making of luxurious textiles. This short course explores tradition and innovation across the history and geography of silk production, celebrating the ingenuity and skill of designers and makers.

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Jennifer Wearden

Course Leader Jennifer Wearden

Jennifer Wearden was Senior Curator of Textiles in the Furniture, Textiles and Fashion Department until 2005. With experience of the textile industry in Lancashire and 28 years working with the textile collections in the V&A, she has also written several popular V&A books including Iranian Textiles and Dress in Detail from around the World.

Great to wake up on a miserably grey morning, and know that I have a day of delights due to come from Jennifer. Autumn 2020 Academy Online Student

Course Overview

This short course explores tradition and innovation across the history and geography of silk production, celebrating the ingenuity and skill of designers and makers.

Each week curators from the V&A will throw the spotlight on artworks, furnishings or clothing from a particular place and period. Their journey through space and time will take you from archaeological finds in China to contemporary global fashion trends in the Americas, Asia and Europe. Each case study will introduce some of the social, political and economic conditions that inform and contextualise the magnificent items in the V&A’s rich collections.

Jennifer Wearden will present the V&A team who have authored a new compendium of the museum’s spectacular collections, Silk: Fibre, Fabric and Fashion (forthcoming 2021). They include: the co-editor Ana Cabrera (Iberia), now Subdirectora General del Instituto Cultural de España, Claire Allen-Johnstone (Britain), Silvija Banić (Italy), Sau Fong (China), Avalon Fotheringham (India), Anna Jackson (Japan), Connie Karol Burks (Global), Rosalie Kim (Korea), Helen Persson (China).

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Online course: Silk: From Cocoon to Catwalk

14 January 2022 - 18 February 2022

£120.00

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Open 9.30 - 17.30, Monday to Sunday (closed 24-26 December)