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Everyone is an individual but some are more individual than others. And there’s no-one more individual & distinctive than The Doyenne of British Fashion, Zandra Rhodes. Zandra’s own lifestyle is as dramatic, glamorous and extrovert as her designs. With her bright pink hair, theatrical make-up and art jewellery, she has stamped her identity on the international world of fashion while having a life long love affair with textiles that started when she studied printed textile design at The Royal College of Art in London. Zandra is living proof that if you have a talent – nurture it. If you have a passion – embrace it. And if you have a dream – realise it. Which is what she did when she opened the Fashion & Textile Museum in 2003.

The Princess of Punk becomes a Dame
In 1977 she pioneered the pink and black jersey collection with holes and beaded safety pins that earned her the name of “Princess of Punk”. Imagine being instrumental in making safety pins a fashion statement. Her famous punk garments have been an example for other designers to follow. She has been designated as a “punk hero” by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in their recent (May, 2013) exhibition “PUNK: Chaos to Couture”. Quite an accolade for someone who’ll is in her sumptuous 70s. Not to mention her recent trip to Buckingham Palace in February where she was bestowed the title of Dame as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Zandra Rhodes has certainly made her mark on the landscape – packed it in and has an absolutely fabulous fan base and diverse client list to die for.

The Zandra Rhodes Fan Club
Her fans have included Diana, Princess of Wales, Jackie Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor and Freddie Mercury of the rock group ’Queen’. She continues to clothe and design for the rich and famous around the world from royalty to rock stars including: HRH Princess Michael of Kent, Debbie Harry, Bianca Jagger, Kylie Minogue, Anastasia, Paris Hilton, Joan Rivers and the late Isabella Blow. Zandra’s dresses are the ultimate dress-up dress. Helen Mirren, star of “The Queen” wore a Zandra Rhodes when she received her award from BAFTA and Sarah Jessica Parker dressed up in a Zandra for “Sex and the City”. Her vintage pieces have long been collected by Tom Ford and Anna Sui and have been worn by Kelly Osbourne, Ashley Olsen, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell.

The wonderous world of Zandra Rhodes
Zandra Rhodes’ collections are sold in the top stores and boutiques around the world but her work does not just stop with dresses and printed textiles. It encompasses various exciting licences including jewellery, wrapping paper and china for Royal Doulton. She has also collaborated with MAC to produce a limited edition make-up range. The thing about Zandra is she never stops. To say she’s prolific would be an understatement. So if you’re ever stuck for inspiration or a little motivation Google Zandra Rhodes or: