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Zandra Rhodes (1940-), Fashion designer

Dame Zandra Lindsey Rhodes

Sitter in 12 portraits
Fashion designer. Rhodes, whose mother was a fitter in a Paris fashion house, was born in Kent. She trained at Medway College of Art (1959-61) and the Royal College of Art (1961-64), where she subsequently taught. In 1964 she became design partner in the Fulham Road Clothes Shop, and set up her print factory and studio the following year. In the 1970s Rhodes designed clothes for Royalty and the Rock band Queen. From 1987 her clothes were influenced by and made from the Indian sari. She set up her Fashion Museum in Bermondsey in 2003.