Zandra Rhodes: Lunch with a Legend

Sep 22, 2013

zandra-rhodes-for-msEnjoy a lunch prepared by chef Bryant Wigger at Pasadena’s relatively new Trattoria Neapolis (dubbed best new restaurant) while also having “an exclusive opportunity to meet, mingle, and enjoy conversation with legendary British designer Zandra Rhodes, CBE.”

“‘I am tired of good taste,’ Zandra Rhodes once said. ‘I want to do everything wrong and get a result that is of value and valid as well.'” (

Influenced by Roy Lichtnestein’s comic book art and Emilio Pucci’s prints, Rhodes immersed herself in the world of textiles. She studied and sketched “Maasai warriors in Kenya, cacti in the Mojave Desert, Australian rock formations, and even celestial bodies that she discovered at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.” (Voguepedia)

Zandra Rhodes textile

Rhodes was “the guiding light behind 1970s punk fashion and a favourite of Princess Diana.” (Angella Johnson/Daily Mail)

article-0-1AF9B944000005DC-126_196x440Other clients for whom she has designed are Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor, Helen Mirren, Freddie Mercury of Queen, and Sarah Jessica Parker. Since the turn of the century, Rhodes has designed the costumes for numerous operas including The Magic Flute and Les pêcheurs de perles at the San Diego Opera.

She has her own jewelry collections with names like Lovely Lilies, Manhattan Lady, Punk Chic, and Oriental Whisper. In 2003, Rhodes opened the Fashion and Textile Museum in the wonderfully named Bermondsey, just south of London, which has “an ongoing programme of temporary displays” and houses a textile studio, a printing workshop, and private residences quarters.Much like the artist herself, the building is a tourist attraction in its own right with a color scheme of hot pink, burnt orange, yellow, and bright blue.

Lunch with a legend is presented by the Pasadena Museum of History.

Lunch with a Legend: Fashion Designer Zandra Rhodes
Saturday, October 26th, 12:30 p.m.
Trattoria Neapolis, 336 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena 91101
Tickets: PMH members, $30; non-members, $35
Purchase at BrownPaperTickets or call 800.838.3006, ext. 1




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