Truly The Dame

Vantage Shanghai - - IN FASHION 爱出色 -

Iwonder whether it could be coincidence or not that the fashion attitudes of a nation seems to be the opposite of its history and culture. For example, France has not had a royal house in hundreds of years, yet French fashion maintains an elegant air of nobility. Over at the UK, a country with a longstanding monarchy, seems to be a breeding ground for iconoclastic fashion brands.

Rock n Roll, punk, fantasy burst out within these designers. Besides them, there is an extraordinary designer - the peer of Vivienne Westwood - who with her pink hair sets her own distinctive image, meet Zandra Rhodes, the Dame of Fashion.

AUTHENTIC FASHION

Success comes with reasons. Designer Zandra Rhodes was born in Chatham, Kent, UK in 1940 and introduced to the world of fashion by her mother who worked as a fitter for the Paris fashion house House of Worth and later as a lecturer at Medway College of Art.

Rhodes studied at Medway College of Art in Kent, UK, and then at The Royal College of Art in London. Her major area of study was in printed textile design. 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 the garments she created. In 1967, she opened her first shop: The Fulham Road Clothes Shop in London with Sylvia Ayton.

In 1969, she struck out on her own and took her collection to New York where Diana Vreeland featured her garments in American

这不仅是时装设计,她令时装设计渗透到方方面面,这是真正的时装女爵士。Zandra Rhodes is not just a deft hand at fashion design. She enables many things to be with fashion. She is the Dame of Fashion.

不知道是不是巧合,一个国度的时装业和它的历史传统似乎一直有着相反或至少是不同的态度。比如时装王国法兰西,经过革命之后法国已经没有传统意义上王族,但是法国的时装业却不像是革命过的,充满了历史的传承。再看英国,这个仍然保留王室制度的国家,给人的印象往往是讲究身份、传统的绅士和贵夫人,然而在时装业,英国历史上却出了多少天马行空的设计师?“坏小子”亚历山大·麦昆、“西太后”薇薇安· 韦斯特伍德和6岁便移居伦敦的约翰·加利亚诺,拿出来哪个不是有几多惊世骇俗故事的?

此外,还有一位不为人所熟知,但以一头引人注目的粉色头发闻名于时尚界的“朋克之母”——女爵士桑德拉· 罗兹。

或许因为主要并不从事成衣设计的缘故,罗兹似乎并不为大众所熟知,直到提起她的客人,大家才会惊叹一声。他们都不是普通人,比如英国戴安娜王妃、英国威尔士公主和传奇影星伊丽莎白 ·泰勒等。

名门时装背景

都说成功是有原因的。这位老太太的时装背景不容小觑:她1940年出生于英国肯特郡的查塔姆,之后由母亲带进了时装设计行业,最初便加入了沃斯时装屋,在那里担当试衣裁缝师。沃斯是谁?说来有趣,这位英国人可是法国时装高级定制行业的始祖,他1858年便在巴黎和平街开出时装屋,并第一个以私人定制的形式服务客人。

得益于罗兹在沃斯时装屋的经历,她之后的时装求学背景十分纯正。一开始她进入了英国肯特郡的梅德韦艺术学院学习,之后又进入了伦敦

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