Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Weds 29th Feb: Paris Fashion Week - Zandra Rhodes - Retrospective Collections

I have come to Paris to witness Kim Howells style a retrospective runway show of Zandra Rhodes CBE having edited the complete archive down to 24 looks with the designer. One of my earliest memories of visiting the V&A as a child was enjoying the exquisitely beautiful yellow felt circular coat which has been pulled to open today's show as the first look from 1969. Kim has experienced a rare dream opportunity of joining forces with Zandra to realise a concise projection of all her past memories and triumphs. Its been a joy for me to see the process and peek round the computer screen at skype conversations between the pair and now finally be present for the final presentation. Here are whole crew who came on board to add the finishing touches with hair stylist Lyndell Mansfield and Makeup Artist Andrew Gallimore. The beauty team have recreated the idiosyncratic faces of Zandra's historic themes from the dawn of bohemia thru to the punk era, via Princess Diana to the latest cubist collection............ which I will break down in a series of posts to share ..........

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