Couture Inside Out: Zandra Rhodes

One of our most popular and long-running workshops is Couture Inside Out. This workshop is the rare opportunity to join the Museum’s exhibitions team to view the ins and outs of couture construction; to take an up-close and intimate look at selected garments from the Fashion and Textile Museum Collection.

While we can’t bring this workshop to you in person, we’ll be bringing mini versions to the blog, hosted by our Head of Exhibitions, Dennis Nothdruft! For our fourth episode, Dennis discusses the work of Museum founder, Dame Zandra Rhodes.

Of Dame Zandra Dennis says Zandra Rhodes is one of British fashion’s most recognizable figures. Her career spans more than five decades, and Dame Zandra continues to design textiles, fashion collections, collaborations with companies such as IKEA, and operas.

Trained as a print designer, Dame Zandra’s approach to pattern is distinctive and is the result of her unique vision.  Trained at the Royal College of Art, Dame Zandra is rooted in the Pop Art movement.  Her inspirations come from the world around her and come to life in here ever-present sketchbooks.

We hope you enjoy this instalment of Couture Inside Out! We’ll be back with Episode 5 soon, in which Dennis discusses the work of the iconic Dior.


We do hope you’ve enjoyed exploring the Fashion and Textile Museum online. If so, please consider making a donation, to help us continue our work during this difficult time.

Every donation will support us in showcasing contemporary fashion and textile design during our closure, and will assist us in welcoming you back to the Museum, as soon as we are able.

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