Fashion designer Zandra Rhodes is one of a smattering of the fashion population that most people, even those who have nothing to do with the industry, recognise – an appreciation much deserved by the founder of the Fashion and Textile Museum.
Aside from her penchant for cerise pink hair and bonkers make- up, Rhodes is best known for being at the forefront of the British print movement. She opened her first shop, The Fulham Road Clothes Shop, in 1967, stocking her balmy, pioneering designs. Now, at the age of 72, she hasn’t ceased.
The Hunger: You seem to me to be one of the hardest working people in British fashion.
Zandra Rhodes: Well, there always seems to be a million things to do, and there never seems to be enough time to do them. They all have to be fitted in.
What is your current project?
At the moment I’m preparing for my travelling exhibition of historical clothes, spanning from 1969 to the 90s. We are currently packing them ready to be flown to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Will they be travelling on from there, or staying in Boston for a while?
They’ll be there for a bit. The collection recently came back to London. Before that it was in Mexico City, at the Frank Mayer Museum, and then in San Diego, at the Mingei International Museum.
Read more of our exclusive interview in Issue Three of The Hunger, on sale now.