London’s Fashion and Textile Museum is to celebrate its 10th anniversary this summer with an exhibition about its founder, Zandra Rhodes. The pink-haired fashion icon was born in Kent in 1940 and had clothes-making in her blood – her mother was a fitter for the Parisian House of Worth. Her early designs in the ’60s were considered outrageous by the textile manufacturing establishment, but two years after opening her first boutique, The Fulham Road Clothes Shop, in 1967 her designs were feature in American Vogue, then under the editorship of Diana Vreeland. She is one of the designers credited with putting London on the fashion map in the ’70s.
Bold, feminine and theatrical, her designs have been worn by Princess Diana, Elizabeth Taylor and Freddie Mercury. The exhibit, called Zandra Rhodes Unseen, will include archive pieces, sketches and designs seen in her ’80s fashion shows, shedding light on her experimentation with colour, print and fabric. Highlights also include the safety pin designs that earned Rhodes the name “Princess of Punk”.
The exhibition opens on 12 July and closes on 31 August 2013