Zandra Rhodes: 50 Years of Fabulous – Curator Talk

Friday 27 September | 11:15am



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Standard: £15 includes exhibition entry
Student: £12 includes exhibition entry
Standard ticket with book: £45 includes exhibition entry
Student ticket with book: £42 includes exhibition entry

Join British design legend Dame Zandra Rhodes alongside the curatorial team from the Fashion and Textile Museum to hear the behind the scenes story of Zandra Rhodes: 50 Years of Fabulous.

In celebration of fifty years of the Zandra Rhodes’ label, the Fashion and Textile Museum presents Zandra Rhodes: 50 Years of Fabulous. Highlighting100 key looks, as well as 50 original textiles, this comprehensive exhibition explores five decades of the distinguished career of a British design legend.

Dame Zandra Rhodes DBE founded her eponymous fashion house in 1969 with a small collection. Her prints were Pop Art-infused commentaries on the world of Sixties Britain; the designer felt that there was inherent structure within the pattern that could work with and enhance the shape and construction of a dress. With this concept as a starting point and with her distinctive approach to cut and form, the house of Zandra Rhodes soon became one of the most recognisable labels in London.

Hear about the creative processes behind the exhibition and gain a glimpse into what it is like to work with a British fashion legend. Discover the challenges and inspirations behind the design and installation and discover how the team chose what to display from Zandra’s extensive archive, amassed throughout five decades in the fashion industry.

Panel:
Dame Zandra Rhodes

Dennis Nothdruft, Head of Exhibitions, Fashion and Textile Museum
Teresa Collenette, Assistant Curator, Zandra Rhodes: 50 Years of Fabulous
Piers Atkinson, Milliner and creative headwear designer for Zandra Rhodes: 50 Years of Fabulous

The event starts at 11:15am in the Fashion Studio and lasts for approximately one hour including an opportunity to ask questions. Ticket includes admission to the exhibition and guests are welcome to view this before or after the talk.

Standard: £15 includes exhibition entry
Student: £12 includes exhibition entry
Standard ticket with book: £45 includes exhibition entry
Student ticket with book: £42 includes exhibition entry

Book online
Numbers are limited for this event, please book early to avoid disappointment. If you have any questions about this event please complete our enquiry form.

Dennis Nothdruft is Head of Exhibitions at the Fashion and Textile Museum and curator of the exhibition Zandra Rhodes: 50 Years of Fabulous. He has led the exhibitions team at the Museum since it was founded by Zandra in 2003 and previously spent many years working as a design assistant in Zandra Rhodes studios in both San diego and London.

Theresa Collenette is assistant Curator of Zandra Rhodes: 50 Years of Fabulous. She is a design historian specialising in the history of scissors. A graduate of the Royal College of Art / Victoria and Albert Museum History of Design Masters programme she has worked on various Fashion and Textile Museum exhibitions; Night and Day: Fashion and Photographs, The World of Anna Sui, Liberty in Fashion, 1920s Jazz Age and T-Shirt: Cult – Culture – Subversion, both in house and on tour.

Piers Atkinson launched his first collection of luxury, handmade headpieces in 2008, the nine-piece collection contained elements of his roots; from fashion and theatre to sculpture and the wild, energetic excesses of the London club scene. In 1999, Piers started work with iconic fashion designer Zandra Rhodes. ‘She instantly cured my conservative approach to colour!’ says Piers, and his link between art and fashion was forged. Now Piers’ designs are exhibited in galleries and museums as works of art, most notably in the V&A’s ‘Hats: an Anthology by Stephen Jones’ and ShowStudio’s exhibition ‘The Café’. Piers’ creations regularly appear in the pages of Vogue, Italian Vogue, Love, VCR Fashion Book, V Magazine, Tatler and the London broadsheets.

Image: Zandra Rhodes, 1977. Photograph by John Swannell.

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