Who can out Betsey Betsey Johnson? In my opinion Zandra Rhodes can. She has pulled on the reigns of the colorfully avante garde since the late 1960s. Her signature was reversed seams, safety pin accents, and bright “clashing” colors. Sound familiar? It should considering she, and probably Viviene Westwood, were the only designers to sink their teeth into punk culture and commodify it for the high market. Rhodes morphed the hard edge of punk attire and merged it with the whimsy of the 60s. In 2003 she founded London’s Fashion and Textile Museum. You can find more information about the museum here. Her accomplishments seem overlooked here in the states so I like to think I am one of her biggest American fans. Below are some sources, be sure to let me know what you think!
Pictures are sourced and collected at The Unsewn’s Pinterest account here.
Morgan, Ann Lee (ed.) (1984) “Rhodes, Zandra (1940-)” Contemporary Designers First edition, Gale Research, Detroit;
Zandra Rhodes Textile Revolution: Medals, Wiggles, and Pop 1961-1971′, by Samantha Erin Safer, published by The Antique Collectors’ Club