Birth Day September 19th, 1940
Birth Place Chatham
Age 83 Years Old
Zodiac Sign Virgo

Dame Zandra Lindsey Rhodes simply named Zandra Rhodes is an English fashion as well as a textile designer. She has also designed garments for Diana Princess of Wales and numerous celebrities. She designed textiles for interiors, featuring her prints on furniture and homewares. She also founded the Fashion and Textile Museum in London in the year 2003. She has won numerous awards recognizing contribution within the fashion industry, including Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in the Performing Arts - Costume Design 1979 and the Walpole British Luxury Legend Award 2019. Scroll down to know more information regarding her full biography, early life, family, birthday, wiki, facts, partner, husband, net worth, career, awards, and many more.

Famous For

  • For designs being considered clear, creative statements; dramatic but graceful; audacious but feminine.
  • For her unconventional and colorful prints were often inspired by travel; chevron stripes from Ukraine and the symbols of the North American Indian, Japanese flowers, calligraphy, and shells.

Zandra Rhodes, a famous designer


Early Life of Zandra Rhodes

Zandra Rhodes was born on 19th September 1940 with the birth name/real name of Dame Zandra Lindsey Rhodes. Her birthplace is in Chatham, Kent, England. Her father was in the air force in Egypt and later became a lorry driver. Her nationality is English and her ethnicity/race is White. Her mother was a fitter at the House of Worth in Paris and later became a professor at Medway College of Art, now the University for the Creative Arts. She also has a sister named Beverley Rhodes. As of 2019, she celebrated her 79th birthday. As per her education, she first studied at Medway College of Art, her major area of study was printed textile design, in England. She later furthered her education under a scholarship at the Royal College of Art. In 1964, Zandra Rhodes graduated with a degree in home furnishing textile design. There is no information regarding her parent's names. Her birth sign is Virgo and her religion is Christian. 

Career of Zandra Rhodes

  • Zandra Rhodes's first textile fashion designs were considered outrageous by the traditional British manufacturers.
  • Later, she started a business with fashion designer Sylvia Ayton in the year 1968. 
  • Then, they also designers opened a boutique called Fulham Road Clothes Shop which allowed her to create her textile designs onto garments designed by Sylvia Ayton.
  • She produced her first collection showing loose, romantic garments.
  • Later in 1969, they went their separate ways, with Rhodes establishing her own studio in Paddington in West London.
  • As a freelancer, she released her first solo collection and the collection of garments received recognition from both the British and American markets. Marit Allen, editor of American Vogue at the time featured pieces of Rhode’s collection an issue.
  • Her own lifestyle has proved to be as dramatic, glamorous, and extrovert as her designs. 
  • She was one of the new waves of British designers who put London at the forefront of the international fashion scene in the 1970s. 
  • Her approach to the construction of garments can be seen in her use of reversed exposed seams and in her use of jeweled safety pins and tears during the punk era.
  • Moreover, she created handmade evening wear using her unique feminine textiles.
  • She made her biggest splash in 1977 with the establishment take on punk which she called "Conceptual Chic." 
  • She then created dresses with holes and beaded safety pins – 10 years before Versace – to form a sort of embroidery, mixed with loosely drawn figures screen-printed on silk jersey, or on the newly developed Ultra suede fabric.
  • She then designed for Diana, Princess of Wales, and continues to design for royalty and celebrities.
  • She also has notably designed costumes for Luke Spiller of The Struts, and Freddie Mercury and Brian May of Queen. She has a strong following in the US, UK, and Australia.
  • She designed her first interior home decor collection, licensed under Wamsutta in the year 1976.
  • In the year 1995, she established a studio in California to develop an interior design business.
  • The San Diego Opera commissioned her to design the costumes for her first opera, The Magic Flute, in the year 2001.
  • She continued her association with the San Diego Opera in 2004 when she designed the set and costumes for Bizet's Les pêcheurs de perles.
  • She also designed for Verdi's Aida at the Houston Grand Opera and English National Opera.
  • She designed a poster for Transport for London showing the River Thames as a woman wearing London landmarks as jewelry in the year 2002. 
  • She is also the founder of the Fashion and Textile Museum in London, which was opened in May 2003 by Princess Michael of Kent.
  • she also included three thousand of her own original garments within the museum along with her sketchbooks and silkscreens.
  • On 22nd September 2006, she appeared as herself on the long-running BBC Radio 4 soap opera The Archers.
  • In the year 2007, she also received an Honorary Doctorate from Heriot-Watt University.
  • She appeared, as herself, in an episode of Absolutely Fabulous during the BBC show's second season.
  • She was a Guest Judge for the first episode of the third season of Project Catwalk.
  • She was appointed Chancellor of the University for the Creative Arts in November 2010 which is one of the UK's newest universities, and only the second to focus specifically on art and design. 
  • She has her own collection of jewelry which includes five separate collections, which are Oriental Whisper collection, Punk Chic Collection, Lovely Lilies collection, Signature collection and Manhattan Lady Collection.
  • A more recent jewelry collection created in collaboration with Adele Marie London called Zandra Rhodes for Adele Marie, launched in August 2011. 
  • She also launched a handbag range made under license by Blueprint in 2010 and has also collaborated to produce a bed linen range and a new improved outdoor clothing range.
  • She also launched a Digital Study Collection of 500 of her iconic garments from her private archive, as well as drawings and behind-the-scenes interviews and tutorials in her studio on 26th March 2013.

Awards and Achievements/Honours of Zandra Rhodes

  • Zandra Rhodes was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1997 and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to British fashion and textiles, having been invested at Buckingham Palace by Princess Anne.
  • 1972 Designer of the Year, English Trade Fashion, Royal Designer Industry, Royal Society of Arts
  • 1978 Fellow of the Society of Industrial Arts, Moore College of Art Award, Philadelphia
  • 1979 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in the Performing Arts Costume Design
  • 1983 British Designer, Clothing and Export Council and National Economic Development Committee
  • 1985 Alpha award for Best Show of the Year, Saks Fifth Avenue, New Orleans
  • 1986-Women of Distinction Award, Northwood Institute, Dallas
  • 1990 Number One Textile Designer, Observer Magazine
  • 1995 Hall of Fame Award, British Fashion Council
  • 1997 C.B.E. (Commander of the British Empire, Queen Elizabeth II), Golden Hanger award for lifetime achievement, Fashion Careers of California College, San Diego
  • 1998 Leading Woman Entrepreneur of the World by the Star Group U.S.A.
  • Honor Award from the National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association Honor for Del Mar Terrace
  • 2006 Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award 
  • 2019 Walpole British Luxury Legend Award

Personal Life of Zandra Rhodes

Zandra Rhodes with her longtime partner, Salah Hassanein


Zandra Rhodes's marital status is unknown yet as she was linked with a former president of Warner Brothers Salah Hassanein (1921-2019), her longtime partner since the year 1975. Recently, her partner died at the age of 98. As of now, she is living a single life without any disturbances. Her sexual orientation is straight. She does not have any children as she takes her work as children.

Salah Hassanein was already married to Adrienne and the duo was blessed with the children named; Richard, King, Nesa, Salah, and the Neva with the four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; his half-brother, Esmat.

Net Worth of Zandra Rhodes

Zandra Rhodes is a successful English fashion and textile designer. As of 2020, her net worth is estimated to have $1.4 Million. Her major source of earning is from her Costume Designer career. Whereas her exact salary is unknown yet. Without a doubt, she is satisfied with her earnings. There is no information regarding her car collection and houses. There is no information regarding her lifestyle as well. 

Body Measurements of Zandra Rhodes

Zandra Rhodes is a very beautiful woman with pink hair and blue eye color. She has got a perfect body with a tall height of 1.79 m with the bodyweight of 66 Kg. Her other body measurement such as waist size, breast size, dress size, shoe size, and more is unknown yet. Overall, she has got a healthy body with a charming smile and a glowing face attracting a lot of people towards her. She reveals she sleeps in her make-up and never leaves the house without it - and admits she doesn't have eyebrows after she 'plucked them all out' in the Sixties.

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