Butterflies of excitement – Dame Zandra Rhodes


Dame Zandra Rhodes DBE (74) started her career as a textile designer, with colour and print central to her work. Her collection of pink and black jersey in 1977 saw her dubbed the Princess of Punk.

She has designed clothes for Diana, Princess of Wales, Jackie Onassis, Bianca Jagger, Freddie Mercury, Elizabeth Taylor, Kylie Minogue, Helen Mirren and Isabella Blow.

Her vintage pieces have been collected by Tom Ford and Anna Sui. It is also held in numerous museum collections around the world, including the V&A in London, Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Musee de la Mode et du Textile in Paris.

She continues to design clothes, costumes for opera, china and jewellery.

In 2003 she set up the Museum of Fashion and Textiles in London. She is also Chancellor of the University for the Creative Arts.

She was awarded a Commander of the British Empire in 1997 and made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List in 2014


Her archive of sresses and drawings can be seen here


Dame Zandra has long been a supporter of both local and international charities. From supporting the NSPCC with the showing of her 1980 collection, to her recent appointment as a London Breast Cancer Ambassador, her generosity leaves us in awe.

It is therefore with huge gratitude that we have a postcard by Dame Zandra Rhodes included in this year’s sale. Her work has been described as graceful, bold, dramatic and feminine, with inspiration drawn from nature. Will you be able to spot her card?



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