OUR Year 11 Fashion and Textiles students visited London’s Victoria and Albert Museum on October 1st and had the opportunity to work with the high profile designer, Juliana Sissons.

As a freelance knitwear designer and pattern cutter, Juliana’s clients have included Alexander McQueen, Louis Vuitton, Hewitts of Savile Row and the BBC, to name just a few.

Our students’ workshop involved research in the Mary Quant Exhibition and then an intense masterclass where they produced sculptural garment designs exploring new methods of construction. Group and one-to-one discussion supported what was a very exciting development of ideas.

Director of Art at King’s Ely, Alison Rhodes, said: “This was such a valuable opportunity to work with a successful designer. Juliana said our students were highly skilled, mature designers and that they were not afraid to take risks with the garments produced.

“Our students worked in a professional manner throughout the day and their outcomes were extremely inventive, showing both strength and determination.”

Students were also able to visit some of the permanent collections at the V&A Museum, which includes 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity.

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