Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Zandra Rhodes: A Lifelong Love Affair with Textiles

Last night before Pattern Drafting, our professor had us meet her at the opening reception for the Zandra Rhodes: A Lifelong Love Affair with Textiles. I, admittedly, had never heard of Zandra Rhodes ( I know, gasp!) but once I saw this exhibit, I had to do some major Googling. To see the history of her textiles in one room, was truly an awesome experience, especially for a lover of fabric like me. The only real issue that I had with this amazing exhibit is that it was too small but perhaps I'll need to visit again and examine things more closely, with a smaller crowd. A feast for the eyes, Zandra Rhodes textiles and fashion designs are works of art, in and of themselves.  Check out what I mean, after the jump...

I could go into a biographical synopsis about what Zandra Rhodes is all about but the facts are this: She has dressed some of the best, her prints are absolutely stunning and the woman is fierce. She has that same Betsey Johnson qualities that I love; fun, quirky and does what she wants.

Dude, Zandra even does Needlepoint Patterns and puppet designs for the Summer Olympics...that is fairly awesome, is it not? I love the designer that has a robust portfolio, has explored many different avenues and just totally is rocking life. I am so glad that not only did I discover Zandra Rhodes through Mass Art but that I may have the chance to hear her speak in the near future as it is something that I have heard rumblings about at school. This whole going back to design school is starting to have it's perks!
Zandra Rhodes Olympic Puppet, Summer 2012

If you are in the Boston area, The Zandra Rhodes: A Lifelong Love Affair with Textiles exhibit, runs from September 12th until December 1st. It is Free and Open to the Public at Mass Art. You should take a peek!


  1. stunning dimension in all her patterns, thanks for sharing - XO Catherine!

  2. Great blog. Love the styles. Thank you for bringing all these art pieces to us.
    Haley www.instyleforless.org


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