50 years of fashion: Dame Zandra Rhodes

One of the most iconic and recognisable UK fashion designers Dame Zandra Rhodes has been designing fashion for an astonishing five decades. The Fashion and Textile Museum in London celebrated her achievements with a fabulous retrospective exhibition.

Dame Zandra Rhodes. Photograph by Simon EmmettDame Zandra Rhodes. Photograph by Simon Emmett.

Her early education in fashion set the foundation for a career in the industry creating textile prints.  In addition to designing garments, she designed textiles for interiors, featuring her prints on furniture and homeware. In 2003 Rhodes founded the Fashion and Textile Museum in London. Over her fifty year career Rhodes has won numerous awards recognising her amazing contribution within the fashion industry.

Zandra Rhodes, 1977. Photograph by John Swannell. Z with Pink Hair Pink Nails. Archived by ‘Zandra With A Zee’ – Documentary about Zandra.

Zandra Rhodes and models at Port Eliot Festival, Cornwall, 29 July 2017. Image Louise RobertsZandra Rhodes and models at Port Eliot Festival, Cornwall, 29 July 2017. Image: Louise Roberts.

Models wearing garments from Zandra Rhdoes A/W 1976/78 ‘Mexican’ collection.Zandra Rhodes ‘Cactus Highway’ print, 1976.

Zandra Rhodes Chevron Shawl Print Circle, 1969Zandra Rhodes Chevron Shawl Print Circle, 1969.\

Zandra Rhodes Top Brass Print, C.1964Zandra Rhodes Top Brass Print, C.1964

Photograph by Bridie O’Sullivan.Zandra Rhodes photo for the poster for the S/S 1986 ‘Spanish Impressions’ collection. Photograph by Robyn Beeche. Zandra Rhodes SS19 Lookbook.

Below are some images of the exhibition, showcasing Zandras’ fabulous use of colour and pattern in her fashion collections through the years. Always staying true to her iconic and individual style.Zandra Rhodes 50 Years of Fabulous. Photo by Bridie O'Sullivan. Copyright Fashion and Textile Museum (1)Zandra Rhodes 50 Years of Fabulous. Photo by Bridie O’Sullivan.

All images Copyright of the Fashion and textile museum.

group1SPRING SUMMER 20
Jubilee Collection

The House of Zandra Rhodes is thrilled to release Zandra’s Jubilee Collection for SS20.
Head over to the website to look at more fabulous images of the new collection.

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