Day 5 – The day we fell in love with Zandra Rhodes

From the day that we launched our programme, there was one name that everyone was talking about, Zandra.

Zandra_Rhodes-by-Gene-Nocon at Bath in Fashion 2016

Zandra Rhodes, she of the shocking pink bobbed hair, vivid blue eyeliner and wildly patterened clothing that shouts ‘I am a designer’, was on our billing and weren’t we thrilled? Not just because she was our poster girl but because she was a forerunner, a game changing designer. A woman who has seen it all and yet continues to work right at the cutting edge of everything she touches. How lucky were we!

This talk with Sue James, editor of Woman & Home was a sell out, an early sell out and in fact we increased our capacity to accommodate the demand and then it sold out again.

Introduced as ‘the most iconic character in British Fashion’,┬áZandra Rhodes had us all mesmerised from her very first word, with her naturally witty and warm personality. Her story started with her describing her family as ‘artsy’ and how even though she finished at the Royal College of Art with a 1st class honors degree in Textiles she ‘couldn’t ┬ásell textiles to anyone’. But success came eventually and Zandra shared with us stories of designing for both Freddie Mercury and Princess Diana.

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Image by anthonyprothero.co.uk

Zandra didn’t just fly in to our event and leave, unlike some other guests, she thrilled us by getting involved with everything that was going on during her 2 day stay. She watched her set on our ‘designer’ catwalk show, added her little bit to the Anthropologie Colouring Wall, admired our Yarnbomb with our crochet Queen Emma Leith, met with many fans whenever she went, and to the BIF team’s delight, she ate pastries with us in our humble office.

Zandra told Sue James ‘people are surrounded with others like themselves. I am surrounded by boring workaholics’. Busy she may be but boring she wasn’t. Zandra, you made us all feel like your very best friend.

Thank you. You were wonderful. #BIFLOVES