ZANDRA RHODES IS A DAZZLING PRESENCE: SO WHEN AN INVITATION MADE ITS WAY TO HIS & HERS MAGAZINE TO VISIT BOUDOIR BOUTIQUE AND MEET AND INTERVIEW ZANDRA RHODES WE THOUGHT CHRISTMAS HAD COME EARLY, BRINGING ITS OWN MAGICAL GIFTS.
It’s difficult to do Zandra Rhodes justice. She’s as vibrant, as creative and as busy designing clothes, jewellery, and bags as she’s ever been: yet that’s only part of what she does. She has set up the Fashion and Textile Museum in London: her early textile designs were considered too outrageous by the traditional British manufacturers so she decided to make dresses from her own fabrics and pioneered the very special use of printed textiles as an intrinsic part of her work. Zandra Rhodes and Vivienne Westwood were celebrated as the ‘Princesses of Punk’: and they have both stood the test of time, to retain iconic fashion status, and, ironically, might be described as designers of classics today. Zandra has diversified into designing sets and costumes, firstly for the San Diego Opera in USA, and more recently, she worked with Houston Grand Opera on Egyptian-inspired designs for Verdi’s ‘Aida’.
Zandra Rhodes divides her time between California and London. She loves to visit Liverpool, which she does on a regular basis because she loves the fashion vibe, and she adores Boudoir Boutique where her own designer bags are on display, alongside her wonderful paintings, and designs. Boudoir Boutique is the obvious space to show-case Zandra Rhodes’ designs. It’s a treasure-trove of gorgeous party frocks, fabulous jewellery, hand-crafted and embroidered hats, fine bone china vintage tea-sets, and much more.
It turns out that Zandra Rhodes’ mother was a fitter for the Paris fashion house of Worth, and this must have inspired her life-long interest in the many different aspects of fashion. She’s inspiring, calm, gracious, and very grounded, and her only complaint, about the life she obviously loves, is that she struggles to fit everything into her busy schedule. It’s a good problem to have! We’d spotted a classic Zandra Rhodes bag, compact, in royal shades of purple, with a gold chain strap, and it will remind me of a very special person every time I use it. Boudoir Boutique can be found in Cavern Walks, and it’s well worth a visit for Christmas present inspiration and it is the very essence of Christmas cheer.
Boudoir Boutique: 0151 231 1424
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