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Discovering Zandra Rhodes on Sunday 1st July 2012

May 2, 2012

A special charity fashion day on the Island at Island Hall, celebrating International & Beloved British Fashion Designer Zandra Rhodes CBE.

Please join us for what promises to be a truly memorable day, we will be raising much needed funds for Cambridgeshire based charity MAGPAS, as a patron of the local Emergency Medical Charity Lady Linda will be displaying her large collection of Zandra Rhodes dresses, jewellery and accessories from the 1970’s & 1980’s as well as some recent pieces.


Zandra herself is scheduled to attend and lectures on her work in soft furnishings & textiles as well as her recent departure into the world of Opera, will be given by International (AD Top 100) Interior Designer Christopher Vane Percy PP BIID and International Author (and Editor At Large of Greek Vogue) Helena Matheopoulos. Christopher Vane Percy will talk about his 1970’s collaboration with Zandra. Working together the groundbreaking Zandra Rhodes ‘At Home’ collection was launched in 1972. This was Zandra’s first collaboration and was to be an exciting time for her textiles. Rhodes was introduced to Christopher Vane Percy (CVP Designs of Mayfair) by Leonard, the fashionable and trendsetting stylist of London who famously ‘created’ Twiggy with a daring haircut. Rhodes and Vane Percy had an immediate rapport and CVP was drawn to Rhodes’ strong textile designs for her fashion collections. A range of textiles and furnishings were developed, all derived from the various themes of her collections. Vane Percy’s use of Zandra’s work was strong and visual, with a mix of prints and colourways. The glamorous furnishings tended to reference several historical periods and places. As Rhodes had with her models, the interiors collections would be about creating the whole look.

Helena Matheopoulos began her career at British Vogue, followed by three years as Fashion Editor of The Tatler and two years as Fashion Editor of The Daily Express before moving from journalism into the Arts, here she found the inspiration for her first book ‘Maestro’.


Her most recent book ‘Fashion Designers In Opera’ discusses the roll and invaluable contribution the visionary perspective of fashion designers plays in aesthetic of opera and its promotion to a wider audience.

The lectures will be interspersed with refreshments and a sumptuous three course luncheon. To get your hands on one of our final few tickets please contact Magpas directly to RESERVE OR PAY FOR TICKETS EMAIL: info@magpas.org.uk TEL: 01480 371060 (BY 5pm FRIDAY 29th) £65.00 per head, we also have a LIMITED AMOUNT OF TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE GATE ON THE DAY, but spaces are limited so please come early to avoid disappointment!


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