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Zandra Rhodes, born in Kent, was introduced to the world of fashion by her mother who was a fitter in a Paris fashion house and lecturer at Medway College of Art. Zandra studied at Medway College and subsequently at the Royal College of Art in London. Her major focus of study was textile design.

Zandra Rhodes' early work was considered too daring by British manufacturers, but she established her own label in 1969, winning the Designer of the Year award, 1972 and in 1974, becoming a Royal Designer for Industry. In recognition of her contribution to fashion and textile design, she was made Commander of the British Empire in 1997. She continues to design for retail and private clients and has also designed for the stage.

Zandra’s experiences in the fashion business prompted her to found a permanent museum where a wide general public as well as students could examine fashion and textiles in all their aspects.

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