Zandra Rhodes: The Princess of Punk in Pink

I grew up in a family where fashion is everything. So, over the years, I have grown quite fond of different trends.

Considering last night was the 2022 Met Gala, I decided to do a short profile on one of my favorite designers, Dame Zandra Rhodes.

Zandra Rhodes: On Taste

“I am tired of good taste. I want to do everything wrong and get a result that is valid and of value as well.” – Zandra Rhodes

Zandra Rhodes, 50 Fabulous Years in Fashion


Zandra Rhodes was born in Chatham, Kent, the United Kingdom, on September 19, 1940.

She studied printed textile design at the Medway College of Art in Kent and London’s Royal College of Art.

Rhodes’s early designs were considered too loud for established British manufacturers, so she created dresses from her fabrics, developing printed textiles as an integral part of her garments.

In 1969, Rhodes took her collection to New York, where it was discovered by Diana Vreeland and featured in American Vogue. The feature was a critical turning point in her career, and Rhodes started selling her collections in Neiman Marcus and Saks shortly after.

Photo by Gianni Penati, 1970

Part of Britain’s New Design wave, Rhodes put London at the vanguard of the international fashion world, winning designer of the year in 1972.

Drawing inspiration from London’s street culture and punk movement, Rhodes created her most famous collection, “The Conceptual Chic,” in 1977. The line included pink and black dresses with safety pins and wonderfully jeweled tears that gave each piece its own story. After showing her collection, Rhodes was rightfully named “The Princess of Punk.”

Zandra Rhodes: Muses

Rhodes has dressed some of the world’s most famous fashion icons and celebrities, including Princess Diana, Elizabeth Taylor, Bianca Jagger, and Freddie Mercury.

Photo by Mick Rock, 1974
Photo by Eva Sereny for The Sunday Times Magazine, 1972

Zandra Rhodes: Personal Style

Rhodes has fantastic pink hair and often wears vibrant colors and patterns. She loves to accessorize and isn’t afraid to express herself artistically through her boldly beautiful makeup choices.

Photo by Suzanne Plunkett, 2015
Photograph by Amit Lennon, 2019

Let me know what you think about Zandra’s designs and style below.

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