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Research interests

Simon's current research interest is the history of jewellery and metalwork in relation to the culture of modernism. His book Jewellery in the Age of Modernism 1918-1940: Adornment and beyond is published by Bloomsbury (2019).

Scholarly biography

Simon has been teaching and researching in UK Further and Higher Education for over 30 years, specialising in teaching design history and theory to practice-based students of art, architecture and design. During this time Simon has worked as a part-time and full-time lecturer, senior lecturer, course leader, director of studies and associate dean as well as undertaking duties as an external examiner. He also has many years' experience of supporting international students and has one PhD completion as a lead supervisor.

Simon completed his PhD by Publication at the University of Brighton with a thesis entitled "Jewellery, Silver and the Applied and Decorative Arts in the Culture of Modernism, 1918-1940".

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Brighton


Master, City of Birmingham Polytechnic


Bachelor, North Staffordshire Polytechnic


External positions

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2001 → …

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Research Output

Jewellery in the Age of Modernism 1918-1940: Adornment and Beyond

Bliss, S., 15 Nov 2018, New York: Bloomsbury Academic. 224 p. (Material Culture of Art and Design)

Research output: Book/ReportBook - authored

  • «L’intelligence de la parure»: заметки о ювелирных украшениях 1920-х годов

    Translated title of the contribution: “L'intelligence de la parure”: notes on the jewelry of the 1920sBliss, S., 2016, Теория моды: одежда, тело, культура. Aliabieva, L. (ed.). 41 ed. Moscow: New Literary Observer, Vol. Autumn. p. 35-57 22 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter

  • L'intelligence de la parure: Notes on Jewelry Wearing in the 1920s

    Bliss, S., 22 Sep 2015, In : Fashion theory. 20, 1, p. 5-26 22 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Charlotte Perriand, Ball Bearings, and Modernist Jewelry

    Bliss, S., 1 Apr 2013, In : Modernism/modernity. 20, 2, p. 169-188 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • New Displays: The Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris

    Bliss, S., 2007, In : Silver Studies. 22, p. 77-81 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle