Fashion

Zandra Rhodes (1940)

Originally a textile designer, the British dressmaker turned to fashion when she realized her creations were too bold for others. Inspired by Roy Lichtenstein and Emilio Pucci, she imagined unorthodox garments with extraordinary prints. An experimental artist, the designer is also the protector of fashion's heritage since she opened London's Fashion and Textile Museum.

Zandra Rhodes by Norman Parkinson, 1981
Zandra Rhodes by Norman Parkinson, 1981
 Zandra Rhodes, Ensembles, photographed by Norman Eales for Harpers and Queen, 1976
Zandra Rhodes, Ensembles, photographed by Norman Eales for Harpers and Queen, 1976
Zandra Rhodes, Egyptian Revival Party Dress (detail), 1980s
Zandra Rhodes, Egyptian Revival Party Dress (detail), 1980s
Zandra Rhodes, Coat, photographed by Bishin Jumonji, 1971
Zandra Rhodes, Coat, photographed by Bishin Jumonji, 1971
Freddie Mercury in Zandra Rhodes Ensemble, 1973
Freddie Mercury in Zandra Rhodes Ensemble, 1973
Freddie Mercury in Zandra Rhodes Ensemble, 1973
Freddie Mercury in Zandra Rhodes Ensemble, 1973
Zandra Rhodes, Ensemble, photographed by David Bailey for Vogue UK, 1975
Zandra Rhodes, Ensemble, photographed by David Bailey for Vogue UK, 1975
Zandra Rhodes, Ensembles, photographed by Jean-François Jonvelle for Vogue UK, 1972
Zandra Rhodes, Ensembles, photographed by Jean-François Jonvelle for Vogue UK, 1972
Zandra Rhodes, Ensemble, photographed by Peter Knapp, 1970s
Zandra Rhodes, Ensemble, photographed by Peter Knapp, 1970s
Fran Lebowitz and Tina Chow in Zandra Rhodes Evening Dress, photographed by Roxanne Lowit, 1980
Fran Lebowitz and Tina Chow in Zandra Rhodes Evening Dress, photographed by Roxanne Lowit, 1980
Zandra Rhodes, Ensembles, photographed by David Bailey for Vogue, 1975
Zandra Rhodes, Ensembles, photographed by David Bailey for Vogue, 1975
Zandra Rhodes, Ensembles, photographed by David Bailey for Vogue, 1975
Zandra Rhodes, Ensembles, photographed by David Bailey for Vogue, 1975
Zandra Rhodes, Sketch, 1971, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Zandra Rhodes, Sketch, 1971, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Zandra Rhodes, Ensembles, 1970s
Zandra Rhodes, Ensembles, 1970s
Marisa Berenson in Zandra Rhodes Ensemble, late 1960s
Marisa Berenson in Zandra Rhodes Ensemble, late 1960s
Zandra Rhodes, Dress, in Vogue UK, 1977
Zandra Rhodes, Dress, in Vogue UK, 1977
Zandra Rhodes, Dress, in Vogue UK, 1977
Zandra Rhodes, Dress, in Vogue UK, 1977
Zandra Rhodes, Dress, in Vogue UK, 1977
Zandra Rhodes, Dress, in Vogue UK, 1977
Zandra Rhodes, Dress, in Vogue UK, 1977
Zandra Rhodes, Dress, in Vogue UK, 1977
Zandra Rhodes, Ensemble, Fall/Winter 2012
Zandra Rhodes, Ensemble, Fall/Winter 2012
Zandra Rhodes, Wedding Dress, 1977
Zandra Rhodes, Wedding Dress, 1977
Zandra Rhodes, Evening Dress, 1980s, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Zandra Rhodes, Evening Dress, 1980s, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Zandra Rhodes Fashion Show, Spring/Summer 2007
Zandra Rhodes Fashion Show, Spring/Summer 2007
Zandra Rhodes, Dress, photographed by Francois Lamy for Harpers and Queen, 1976
Zandra Rhodes, Dress, photographed by Francois Lamy for Harpers and Queen, 1976
Andrew Logan, Brian Eno and Zandra Rhodes, 1995
Andrew Logan, Brian Eno and Zandra Rhodes, 1995
Zandra Rhodes, Dresses, photographed by David Bailey for Vogue UK, 1969
Zandra Rhodes, Dresses, photographed by David Bailey for Vogue UK, 1969
Zandra Rhodes, Dresses, photographed by David Bailey for Vogue UK, 1969
Zandra Rhodes, Dresses, photographed by David Bailey for Vogue UK, 1969
Zandra Rhodes, Kaftans, photographed by Norman Eales, 1970
Zandra Rhodes, Kaftans, photographed by Norman Eales, 1970
Zandra Rhodes, Dress, photographed by Terence Donovan for The Daily Telegraph Magazine, 1972
Zandra Rhodes, Dress, photographed by Terence Donovan for The Daily Telegraph Magazine, 1972
Freddie Mercury in Zandra Rhodes Ensemble, 1973
Freddie Mercury in Zandra Rhodes Ensemble, 1973
Zandra Rhodes, Dress, photographed by Harri Peccinotti for Vanity Fair, 1971

Zandra Rhodes, Dress, photographed by Harri Peccinotti for Vanity Fair, 1971

Vivienne Lynn for Zandra Rhodes Invitation, photographed by Grant Mudford, 1977
Vivienne Lynn for Zandra Rhodes Invitation, photographed by Grant Mudford, 1977
Zandra Rhodes, Ensemble, photographed by Barry Lategan, 1970s

Zandra Rhodes, Ensemble, photographed by Barry Lategan, 1970s

Zandra Rhodes, Evening Dress, 1972, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Zandra Rhodes, Evening Dress, 1972, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Natalie Wood in Zandra Rhodes Dress, photographed by Gianni Penati for Vogue, 1970
Natalie Wood in Zandra Rhodes Dress, photographed by Gianni Penati for Vogue, 1970
Zandra Rhodes, Dress, photographed by David Bailey for Vogue, 1970
Zandra Rhodes, Dress, photographed by David Bailey for Vogue, 1970
Zandra Rhodes by Bern Schwartz, 1977
Zandra Rhodes by Bern Schwartz, 1977
Models displaying the new Zandra Rhodes Collection, photographed by Barry Lategan, Spring/Summer 1974
Models displaying the new Zandra Rhodes Collection, photographed by Barry Lategan, Spring/Summer 1974
Zandra Rhodes Fashion Show, 1985
Zandra Rhodes Fashion Show, 1985
Cecil Beaton, Zandra Rhodes, 1979
Cecil Beaton, Zandra Rhodes, 1979
Zandra Rhodes, Evening Set, 1981, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Zandra Rhodes, Evening Set, 1981, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Zandra Rhodes, 1970s
Zandra Rhodes, 1970s
Zandra Rhodes, Ensembles, photographed by Andreas Heumann for Over 21 Magazine, 1973
Zandra Rhodes, Ensembles, photographed by Andreas Heumann for Over 21 Magazine, 1973
Zandra Rhodes' Boutique on Grafton Street, 1981
Zandra Rhodes' Boutique on Grafton Street, 1981
Anjelica Huston in Zandra Rhodes Dress, photographed by David Bailey for Vogue UK, 1971
Anjelica Huston in Zandra Rhodes Dress, photographed by David Bailey for Vogue UK, 1971
Zandra Rhodes for L.A. Eyeworks, photographed by Greg Gorman, 1982
Zandra Rhodes for L.A. Eyeworks, photographed by Greg Gorman, 1982
Zandra Rhodes, Dress (detail), 1970s
Zandra Rhodes, Dress (detail), 1970s
Zandra Rhodes, Ensemble, 1979, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Zandra Rhodes, Ensemble, 1979, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Robyn Beeche, Zandra Rhodes – Egyptian, 1986
Robyn Beeche, Zandra Rhodes – Egyptian, 1986
Pat Cleveland in Zandra Rhodes Dress, photographed by Ed Pfizenmaier, 1973
Pat Cleveland in Zandra Rhodes Dress, photographed by Ed Pfizenmaier, 1973
Pat Cleveland in Zandra Rhodes Dress, photographed by Ed Pfizenmaier, 1973
Pat Cleveland in Zandra Rhodes Dress, photographed by Ed Pfizenmaier, 1973
Zandra Rhodes Fashion Show, 1971
Zandra Rhodes Fashion Show, 1971
Zandra Rhodes by Roby Beeche, 1985
Zandra Rhodes by Roby Beeche, 1985
Tim Curry, Paula Yates, Bob Geldof and Janet Street-Porter at a performance of The Pirates of Penzance in London, photographed by David Montgomery, 1982
Tim Curry, Paula Yates, Bob Geldof and Janet Street-Porter at a performance of The Pirates of Penzance in London, photographed by David Montgomery, 1982
Zandra Rhodes, Ensembles, photographed by Norman Eales for Harpers and Queen, 1976
Zandra Rhodes, Ensembles, photographed by Norman Eales for Harpers and Queen, 1976
Zandra Rhodes, Dress, 1971
Zandra Rhodes, Dress, 1971
Zandra Rhodes, Coat, Spring/Summer 2013
Zandra Rhodes, Coat, Spring/Summer 2013
Twiggy in Zandra Rhodes Dress, photographed by Barry Lategan for Vogue, 1974
Twiggy in Zandra Rhodes Dress, photographed by Barry Lategan for Vogue, 1974
Zandra Rhodes, Dress, 1971, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Zandra Rhodes, Dress, 1971, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Zandra Rhodes, Invitation, photographed by Greg Barnett, 1983
Zandra Rhodes, Invitation, photographed by Greg Barnett, 1983
Zandra Rhodes, Dress, photographed by Clive Arrowsmith for Vogue UK, 1970
Zandra Rhodes, Dress, photographed by Clive Arrowsmith for Vogue UK, 1970
Zandra Rhodes, Dress, photographed by Clive Arrowsmith for Harpers and Queen, 1980
Zandra Rhodes, Dress, photographed by Clive Arrowsmith for Harpers and Queen, 1980
Zandra Rhodes, Dress, ca. 1969, Kyoto Costume Institute, Japan
Zandra Rhodes, Dress, ca. 1969, Kyoto Costume Institute, Japan
Vivienne Lynn for Zandra Rhodes Invitation, photographed by Robyn Beeche, 1979
Vivienne Lynn for Zandra Rhodes Invitation, photographed by Robyn Beeche, 1979
Zandra Rhodes, Dress, 1981
Zandra Rhodes, Dress, 1981
Bianca Jagger in Zandra Rhodes Dress, in the Sunday Times Magazine, 1972
Bianca Jagger in Zandra Rhodes Dress, in the Sunday Times Magazine, 1972
Bianca Jagger in Zandra Rhodes Dress, in the Sunday Times Magazine, 1972
Bianca Jagger in Zandra Rhodes Dress, in the Sunday Times Magazine, 1972
Bianca Jagger in Zandra Rhodes Dress, in the Sunday Times Magazine, 1972
Bianca Jagger in Zandra Rhodes Dress, in the Sunday Times Magazine, 1972
Bianca Jagger in Zandra Rhodes Dress, in the Sunday Times Magazine, 1972
Bianca Jagger in Zandra Rhodes Dress, in the Sunday Times Magazine, 1972
Bianca Jagger in Zandra Rhodes Dress, in the Sunday Times Magazine, 1972
Bianca Jagger in Zandra Rhodes Dress, in the Sunday Times Magazine, 1972
Zandra Rhodes, Dress, 1974
Zandra Rhodes, Dress, 1974
Zandra Rhodes, 1977
Zandra Rhodes, 1977
Zandra Rhodes, Ensemble, photographed by Clive Arrowsmith, 1970
Zandra Rhodes, Ensemble, photographed by Clive Arrowsmith, 1970
Zandra Rhodes in her studio, photographed by Susan Wood, 1970
Zandra Rhodes in her studio, photographed by Susan Wood, 1970
Zandra Rhodes, Punk Dress, 1977
Zandra Rhodes, Punk Dress, 1977
Victoria Cooper for Zandra Rhodes Fashion Show, Fall/Winter 2010
Victoria Cooper for Zandra Rhodes Fashion Show, Fall/Winter 2010
Zandra Rhodes, Sketch, 1971, Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Zandra Rhodes, Sketch, 1971, Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Zandra Rhodes by Eric Boman, 1971
Zandra Rhodes by Eric Boman, 1971
Zandra Rhodes, Dress, 1970s
Zandra Rhodes, Dress, 1970s
Zandra Rhodes, Dress, 1970s
Zandra Rhodes, Dress, 1970s
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