Meet A Rebel Zandra Rhodes
The Queen of Colours
The colourful British textile designer Zandra Rhodes made her entrance to the fashion industry in 1967. With her vibrant and playful prints, she revolutionized the scene for good. Being true to herself and standing by her designs, Zandra Rhodes is a true rebel and the Queen of Colour.
In the 80’s Zandra was a frequent visitor of Studio 54. It was a fabulous, glitzy time where Donna Summer was all the rage and Zandra would be pictured leaving the club in the early hours with Bianca Jagger.
“I adore that my prints have become wall murals. A rebellious and unexpected statement that doesn't hide in the background – quite literally!“
Wall murals that make a fabulous statement!
At Rebel Walls, we are thrilled to have this fantastic opportunity to explore Zandra's eye for colour and print archive with her and her team, which has resulted in the creation of these unique wall murals from an exclusive selection of her prints
Step into Zandra Rhodes’ colourful world and claim your space with her iconic prints!
“A rebel is someone who comes up with a totally new concept - something that sends shockwaves.“
Ayers Rock – How Australia Inspired Ayers Rock
The Ayers Rock pattern, now rightfully called its native name Uluru, was created by Zandra Rhodes during her first visit to the centre of Australia in 1973. She was traveling for a large publicity campaign for her textile designs for Selkers Silks and Australian Women’s Weekly.
She drew this amazing rock with the spiky spinifex grass in the foreground. The pattern was first used for gorgeous square cloaks in wool felt and classic one sided chiffon dresses that have become immortalised by Jackie Kennedy and Lauren Bacall.
Zebra Skin – Multicultural Motives Behind Zebra Skin
This Zebra Skin design was created during Zandra’s African show, which made its debut at Olympia in 1981 with amazing makeup by the great Richard Sharah.
The design was part of Zandra Rhodes’ African Collection in 1981. The Zebra Skins are mixed with Chinese motifs with exotic stripes and the skins are surrounded with Zandra's interpretation of African explosions.
Manhattan – Glitz and Glam Manhattan
The pattern for Manhattan is a magical zigzag print, celebrating the electric city of New York. The print was first featured in the 1984 Magic Carpet Collection on chiffon dresses with gorgeous pointed hems and hand-finished glittering beads.
In the 80’s Zandra was a frequent visitor of Studio 54. It was a fabulous, glitzy time where Donna Summer was all the rage and Zandra would be pictured leaving the club in the early hours with Bianca Jagger. At that time, Zandra was staying with her friend Divine in his penthouse on 85th Street and would go out early in the morning and draw the skyscrapers. What a monumental time for arts, fashion and subcultures! Full of colourful explosions and glitter, Zandra portrayed The Empire State and Chrysler Buildings as a giant, sparkling icicles.
Fringed Follies – Exotic fringing that always stays in place
Zandra loved the idea of exotic fringing that would always stay in place because it’s printed! These resemble beautiful exotic curtains that will make a perfect backdrop for everyday living!
Find out more about this colourful Rebel:
What was your first impression of Rebel Walls and why did you say yes to this collaboration?
I adore everything that I have seen done by Rebel Walls. You always do something unexpected that lights up the space. As a fashion and textile designer it’s fabulous to work on a project that focuses so wonderfully on designs.
What is a rebel to you?
A rebel is someone who comes up with a totally new concept - something that sends shockwaves. They are not afraid to introduce something that has never been seen before. In this case it is a wall that makes a statement! It does not hide into the background - quite literally!
How do you feel about your prints becoming wall murals?
I adore the idea of my prints becoming wall murals. Making a fabulous statement! A rebellious, dramatic and unexpected statement!
What is the best way to claim your space in your home?
Objects like vases, cushions and definitely wallpaper which immediately alters your surroundings. It gives the room a focus, it commands your attention as soon as you step into it. And of course a home should be a reflection of yourself!
“I invite you to claim your space with Rebel Walls