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Dame Zandra Rhodes to speak April 4 in The Jeannene Booher Fashion Lecture Series

February 3, 2017


The Stephens College School of Design will host a visit and lecture by one of the most iconic names in fashion: Dame Zandra Rhodes, the pink-haired pioneering British designer who has dressed, among others, Princess Diana, Freddie Mercury, Helen Mirren, Sarah Jessica Parker and Lauren Bacall.

Rhodes will speak at 7 p.m. on April 4, 2017, at the Kimball Ballroom of Lela Raney Wood Hall, 6 N. College Ave. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Rhodes is the second speaker sponsored by The Jeannene Booher Fashion Lecture Series, which launched in November 2016 with a $1 million gift from Booher, a 1956 alumna of the Stephens College fashion program.

“We are excited to have Dame Zandra Rhodes as our newest Jeannene Booher Fashion Lecture Series guest,” said Dr. Monica McMurry, dean of the School of Design. “Ms. Rhodes is an internationally known textile and fashion designer.  She has a storied clientele and is now working with Valentino to create fabulous fabric prints.”

McMurry said beside her lecture Rhodes will work one-on-one with students in Stephens pattern to print and printmaking on fabric courses.

“This is an opportunity of a lifetime for our students,” she said.

Rhodes, known for her dramatic, glamorous and extroverted personality, has pieces in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute and the Fashion Institute of Technology’s library. She came onto the fashion scene in the late 1960s and is known for creating unique fashion pieces, timeless bold prints, fiercely feminine patterns and theatrical uses of color. She considers legendary editor Diana Vreeland of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue as a mentor.

In addition, Rhodes founded the Fashion and Textile Museum of London and designed costumes for the San Diego Opera’s “The Magic Flute” and Bizet’s “The Pearl Fishers.”

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