Zandra Rhodes: Unseen

Exhibition will reveal new archive pieces

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of London’s Fashion and Textile Museum, a new Zandra Rhodes exhibition, Unseen, will be unveiled next month.

The flamboyant designer is known for her zany use of colour and print in a career that has spanned an impressive 50 years. And, as the exhibition title suggests, it will feature her archive pieces for the very first time.

‘It is wonderful to see my work in a new light,’ says Rhodes. ‘Many of these garments have only ever been seen on the catwalk before, so it is a joy to me that they haven’t been forgotten.’


With a/w 2013’s punk trend kicking into gear, it couldn’t be more timely. Rhodes was nicknamed the Princess of Punk for being the first designer to translate punk to high fashion in the 1970s.

Exhibition highlights include her 1977 Conceptual Chic collection (Rhodes' first without a printed design), which featured pink and black jersey pieces with holes and beaded safety pins. So for punk inspiration, get on down to the Fashion and Textile Museum.

Zandra Rhodes Unseen will run 12 July-31 August 2013.

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