Zandra Rhodes has been described as the Queen of fantasy and the Rolls-Royce of fashion, putting London at the forefront of the international fashion scene from the 1970s. Her highly individual style and energy combined with her artistic eye has caused her bold and feminine prints to become instantly recognisable. What I admire about Zandra Rhodes is that she broke away from the status quo (once a textiles designer always a textiles designer) and continued creating garments despite the initial nasty reactions from the industry. Zandra Rhodes: Unseen coincides with the 10th anniversary of the Fashion and Textile Museum and presents an opportunity to delve into her world and explore her creative process and designs. Exhibition highlights include garments from her 1977 Conceptual Chic collection that earned Rhodes her ‘Princess of Punk’ name as well as signature embroideries and beaded garments. Running from now until 31st August, this exhibition is a must this summer.
Zandra Rhodes: Unseen runs from 12 July-31 August at the Fashion and Textile Museum. Opening times: Tuesday-Saturday. 11am-6pm.
Words: Lizzie Ashby