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Zandra Rhodes

January 1, 1986

1986 – London, England & Solana Beach, California

Zandra Rhodes studied textile printing and lithography at the Medway College of Art and graduated with honors as a designer from the Royal College of Art, School of Textile and Design, London, in 1964. Upon completion of her schooling, she formed her own company, designing and printing fabrics for the new wave of “mod” designers. In 1969, she brought her first collection to the United States where it was featured in both Vogue and Women’s Wear Daily. She was one of the British designers who put London at the forefront of the international fashion scene in the 1970s. In 1973, Ms. Rhodes received the Royal Designer of Industry Award, presented by H.R.M. Prince Philip. Her designs have always been clear creative statements and her garments have a timeless quality that makes them unmistakably a Rhodes creation. In 1979, Zandra Rhodes was named top British designer for British Fashion Fortnight by Neiman Marcus of Dallas, and, in 1981, she designed and created the setting for the Houston Ballet Ball. Designing costumes for the London and Broadway stages and for the Dallas Ballet, she received an Emmy award for costume design in 1984. “The Art of Zandra Rhodes” was published in 1984-1985 in England and the United States and is available on Over the years she has had many academic and professional honors bestowed upon her and was made Commander of the British Empire by the Queen in 1997. Zandra is currently founding The Fashion and Textile Museum in London. She continues to design beautiful custom dresses in London.