So the cat is out of the bag! I had the opportunity to meet Zandra Rhodes last week at a fashion event being held at Larrimor's in Pittsburgh,PA. If you're asking who is Zandra Rhodes you must have been hiding in a cave for the last 40years lol! As if she needed an intro. but I will do my best to tell you a little bit about this wonderful international famous British designer. She launched her career in 1967 with her own shop, in 1969 one of her collections was featured in American Vogue, in 1977 she earned the title "Princess of Punk" because of a pink and black jersey collection she pioneered. She continues to have a successful career in the world of fashion but it doesn't stop there. Zandra also designs costumes and sets for operas internationally, which brings me to why she is gracing our presence here in Pittsburgh. She is currently here designing the sets and costumes for The Pearl Fishers opera. Last week she took a break from her busy schedule to give some valuable advice to young designers and Art Institute students about getting started in the fashion industry. I had the privilege of being featured as one of the local designers. She modeled a red/black Lagelle Cloche and loved it! I felt compelled to say thank you by giving her the very hat she modeled. She's been wearing it proudly here in Pittsburgh ever since (as shown above).
I'm still on that high and taking that momentum to my upcoming shows in Toronto,Canada and the Renegade show in Chicago,IL. I will be posting more info on these events soon.