Friday, 21 September 2012

Zandra Rhodes

It's Follow Friday!

Zandra Rhodes, a British Textile Designer was introduced to the fashion world by her mother.  She studied at Medway College and then The Royal College of Art, London.  Zandra opened her first shop in 1967, then in 1969 she set up on her own and took her collection to New York City.  She was then featured in the American version of Vogue and has grown successfully ever since.  Zandra Rhodes' collections are as outrageous, unique and extravagant as her own lifestyle, she has bright pink hair, wear theatrical make-up and art jewelery; which stamped her own identity in the fashion world.

'She was one of the new wave of British designers who put London at the forefront of the international fashion scene in the 1970's. Her unique use of bold prints, fiercely feminine patterns and theatrical use of colour has given her garments a timeless quality that makes them unmistakably a Rhodes creation. In 1977 she pioneered a pink and black jersey collection with holes and beaded safety pins that earned her the name of "princess of punk".'

*Quoted from the Zandra Rhodes website.

Zandra has had many clients over the years including Diana, Princess of Wales, Freddie Mercury (music rock group Queen), Kylie Minogue, Paris Hilton and many more.  Her dresses are worn by many celebrities across the globe including Sarah-Jessica Parker, Kelly Osbourne, Kate Moss and many more. 

Since 2003, Zandra has also been dedicated to 'The Fashion and Textile Museum' in London bringing exhibitions of fashion since the 1950's.  She has won so many different awards over the years and will win many more to come.  She is presented in many museums and had many exhibitions all over the World.  She has also done several lectures and television appearances.

Below is an image of Zandra Rhodes herself and her upcoming A/W fashion collection.

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