A Lifelong Love Affair with Textiles Past
Since her first solo collection in 1969, internationally renowned British fashion designer Zandra Rhodes has been creating brilliant and imaginative fabrics and clothing. This retrospective, her first solo exhibition on the East Coast, presents a selection of her textiles and more than 40 high-fashion garments.
A Lifelong Love Affair with Textiles chronicles designs from the 1960s through the 1980s and reveals the designer's process; her approach to shape, color, technique, and her worldwide influences. A veritable Who's Who have donned her fashions, including Diana, Princess of Wales; Debbie Harry; Freddy Mercury; Jacqueline Onassis; Joan Rivers; and Elizabeth Taylor. Rhodes' work is included in many museum collections, among them the Victoria & Albert, New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian Institute.
This exhibition was made possible by a gift from the Poss Family Foundation. The presentation at the MassArt Art Museum was coordinated by Chloé Zaug. Exhibition design and installation overseen by Rob Gainfort.