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Bonington Vitrines #3: London's Calling

Bonington Gallery - Part of the Bonington Gallery exhibition programme

Juliana Sissons (left) and Scarlett Cannon (right) from the London club scene in the early 1980s

Exhibition Preview:
Thursday 21 September, 5 pm  – 7 pm

We have been delving into the archive of fashion designer and Nottingham Trent University (NTU) lecturer Juliana Sissons. Housed within the Gallery Vitrines, London's Calling reveals an eclectic collection of Juliana’s personal memorabilia and influences, iconic magazine features, design objects, and video footage from the 1980s.

  • From: Friday 22 September 2017, 10 am
  • To: Friday 27 October 2017, 5 pm
  • Location: Bonington Foyer, Bonington Building, Dryden Steet, Nottingham, NG1 4GG
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The 1980s was a decade when civil unrest threatened to undermine the country’s social order. Meanwhile, London’s fashion was at its most novel and diverse. At a time when Vogue was covering trend directions in pastel shade twinsets and pearls, the Face, i-D, and Blitz magazines were embracing the raw creativity in the unique style of London’s youth culture.

Young people were making innovative statements about contemporary life through their dress. Not driven by fashion labels of the time, but preferring to create their own ‘signature’ through eclectic mixes of jumble sale finds, vintage pieces, old theatre costumes, and home sewn garments  – pushing ideas outside of their traditional influences.

Young fashion designers emerged in an ad hoc way during the early 80s and were echoed in the anarchic environment of the music industry, and in the nightclubs that sprang up spontaneously across the capital. Creative self-expression was the focus that formed the ethos of London’s clubs in the early 1980s and the hedonistic mix of people who were drawn to this scene encouraged creativity and risk taking in design

This unique display gives a snapshot of Juliana's life as a fashion designer in London through the 1980s, working with the likes of Lee Alexander McQueen, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Top of the Pops, Divine, Scarlett Cannon, Leigh Bowery, Isabella Blow, and Judy Blame – capturing the excitement of this unique time of self-expression.

Exhibition Preview

Join us on Thursday 21 September from 5 pm to 7 pm for the special Preview of London's Calling, before the display opens to the public on Friday 22 September.

The preview is open to staff, students and the general public, please RSVP to confirm your attendance.


For all enquires about Bonington Gallery exhibitions and events please email us, or call +44 (0)115 848 8268. Alternatively, please visit the Bonington Gallery website.

Image courtesy of Juliana Sissons, Juliana Sissons (left) and Scarlett Cannon (right) from the London club scene in the early 1980s.

Location details


Bonington Foyer, Bonington Building


Dryden Steet


Situated on the University’s City Campus, our Gallery is a short walk from Nottingham city centre. Due to our central location we don’t have visitor parking available, but public transport will bring you almost to our door.

If you’re intending to park in the city centre, the closest (and largest) facilities to our City Campus are:

Travel Info:

Visitors traveling on the tram are advised to get off at the Nottingham Trent University stop on Goldsmith Street.

Visit our travel pages for campus maps and detailed information on how to get here.

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