Image: Installation view of the Zandra Rhodes exhibition

On View

Oct 3, 2010 - Apr 3, 2011

Curated By

Chetna Bhatt

This was an exhibition of selected designs by the internationally renowned British designer, who lives and works half the year in the San Diego area. Since the 1960s, Rhodes has created imaginative, colorful fabrics and clothing. This retrospective presented her textiles as well as high fashion garments. It had previously been seen in London, Milan, Melbourne and Mexico City.

Textiles and objects, selected by Rhodes from various cultures represented in Mingei International’s collection and displayed alongside her work, initiated a provocative conversation about influences and inspirations. “Manhattan,” a shocking pink dress of silk georgette that portrays the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings in silver, orange, black, pink, white and gold sequins and bugle beads was set in front of a vivid hot pink and gold sari from India. A length of kuba cloth was the backdrop for her “Zebra Skin” print kaftan. Mexican huipiles, fanciful children’s caps from Guizhou, China and elegant Egyptian shawls also enhanced her designs. In addition, lengths of Zandra’s own textiles are shown with garments fashioned from them so the viewer can see how she uses the textile design to shape each creation.

THE JOY OF JEANS! – Textile Painting with Zandra Rhodes took place on Saturday, October 23. A FOLK ART STUDIO on Saturday, December 11 learned to make holiday objects including Zandra Rhodes-inspired cards. A LIFELONG LOVE AFFAIR WITH TEXTILES – An Evening with Zandra Rhodes took place on Thursday, February 24, 2011. The renowned designer discussed her career and her life. THE AFFAIR CONTINUES – The Opera Designs of Zandra Rhodes on Saturday, March 19 featured a conversation between Rhodes and Nick Reveles, the Geisel Director of Education and Outreach for the San Diego Opera.