September 2012. Lunchtime visit to the V Museum in South Kensington, taking in some of the exhibits which were part of the London Design Festival. Knitwear collection by Juliana Sissons taking inspiration from 16th century armour.
Suit by Bill Gibb, 1976, Acrylic From the KNITWEAR Chanel to Westwood exhibition Image (c) Fashion and Textile Museum This knitted tunic pullover, pantaloons and scarf set are from the “Byzantine” collection by Bill Gibb and his partner Kaffe Fassett. Fassett would hand dye and knit sample swatches which would then be made by technician Mildred Boulton, into garments designed by Gibb. This set uses 7 colours on the two designs but Boulton had knitted up to 20 colours in one garment.
Tank top by Mr Freedom, c.1970, Acrylic From the exhibition KNITWEAR Chanel to Westwood Image (c) Fashion and Textile Museum www.ftmlondon.org The choice of colours on this tank top by Mr Freedom produces an Op Art effect with the vibrant pink spots floating off the grey background. The Mr Freedom label featured a Pop Art, Roy Lichtenstein-esque female nude.