#2782 $450Zandra Rhodes printed silk chiffon dress, 1980s
Among today's most original designers, Zandra Rhodes (b. 1942) is first and foremost a textile artist, like Charles Frederick Worth. Her print designs, like a stylized form of handwriting, set her apart from other designers. She studied lithography, intending to become textile designer but instead gravitated to fashion design.
The stylish dress is hand screened with a peacock feather print accented with iridescent leaf paillettes and clear beads. The edges are hand rolled and embellished with faux pearls, faceted clear beads, and faux pearl drops on the hem points. The rayon jersey slip has satin straps and top edge binding as well as a lettuce hem.
The extravagantly feminine, fantasy print is signature Rhodes. Our youthful dress will grace the beauty which time ever spares, so that the wearer now seems only the elder sister of her own beautiful daughters.
Rhodes never loses sight of the raison d'etre for fashion: to make the wearer feel pretty and desirable. Each of creation blooms like an exquisite flower. If she has to break the "rules of fashion" to reach her goal, she goes for it. Her work appeals to the self-assured woman who is so chic that she is beyond fashion, as is Zandra Rhodes herself.
Her exotic originality makes her work among the most copied in the fashion world today. In recent seasons, interpretations of Rhodes' prints have appeared on the runways at Dior, Miu Miu, and Fendi. What her rivals know but can rarely obey is Fashion Commandment #4: if the design is outré, it must also be extravagantly beautiful!
The condition is excellent.
The size is marked English 10 and American 8.
It measures: 38" bust and waist, 42" hip, and 49" from the shoulder to the longest hem point.