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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, producing dresses using her own prints. 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 is known as an innovator in the use of various fabrics including jersey, made up into garments with 'lettuce' edges and seams on the outside. She set up her Fashion Museum in Bermondsey in 2003.

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Zandra Rhodes, by Bernard Lee ('Bern') Schwartz - NPG P1241

Zandra Rhodes

by Bernard Lee ('Bern') Schwartz
dye transfer print, 23 June 1977
NPG P1241

Zandra Rhodes, by Norman Parkinson - NPG P850

Zandra Rhodes

by Norman Parkinson
colour print, 1981
NPG P850

Zandra Rhodes, by Andrew Logan - NPG 6221

Zandra Rhodes

by Andrew Logan
glass mosaic bust, 1989
NPG 6221

Zandra Rhodes, by Universal Pictorial Press and Agency Ltd - NPG x184038

Zandra Rhodes

by Universal Pictorial Press and Agency Ltd
bromide press print, March 1978
NPG x184038

Zandra Rhodes, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x40350

Zandra Rhodes

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1979
NPG x40350

Zandra Rhodes, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x40351

Zandra Rhodes

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1979
NPG x40351

Zandra Rhodes, by Norman Parkinson - NPG x30143

Zandra Rhodes

by Norman Parkinson
colour print on card mount, 1981
NPG x30143

Zandra Rhodes, by Steve Pyke - NPG x45581

Zandra Rhodes

by Steve Pyke
bromide fibre print, 1993
NPG x45581

Zandra Rhodes, by Peter Lane - NPG x47315

Zandra Rhodes

by Peter Lane
resin print, 1993
NPG x47315

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Zandra Rhodes

by Unknown photographer
bromide press print, 17 June 1980
NPG x184037

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Zandra Rhodes

by Peter Lane
resin print, 1993
NPG x47314

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