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About the collection

The Zandra Rhodes Digital Study Collection provides unique open online access to images of 500 of the designer's iconic garments, for use in learning, teaching, and research. These designs were selected out of thousands of garments in the private archive of Zandra Rhodes, and cover her entire creative career from the late 1960s to the present day, with particular focus on her landmark collections of the 1970s and 1980s.

A number of contextual open educational resources (OERs) are also available at: This includes video interviews with Zandra Rhodes about the inspiration behind key, favourite garments selected by the designer. It also includes video tutorials in which the designer and her specialist studio team demonstrate some of the techniques involved in creating a handmade Zandra Rhodes couture piece. In addition, there is a unique, comprehensive, and previously unseen series of fashion drawings from the 'Zandra Rhodes Style Bibles.'

The Zandra Rhodes Digital Study Collection project was a collaborative venture between staff and students at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) and Zandra Rhodes Studio, with funding from JISC as part of their Content programme from November 2011 to January 2013.

Zandra Rhodes trained at one of UCA's founder colleges, the Medway College of Design, and was made the University's first Chancellor in 2010. She is among the most famous names in British fashion over the last fifty years and her work includes the design of haute couture dresses for clients such as Elizabeth Taylor, Freddie Mercury, and Diana, Princess of Wales.

Left to right: Garments from the Knitted Circle, 1969; The Conceptual Chic Collection, 1977-8, and The Renaissance/Gold Collection, 1981 © Zandra Rhodes 2012

Copyright and Contact Details

All images of Zandra Rhodes garments and drawings are copyright of Zandra Rhodes. They are available for use in learning, teaching, and research, and may only be used under the terms of a non-commercial Creative Commons Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). For reproduction requests and any other enquiries, please contact the University for the Creative Arts at:

Address: VADS
Library and Student Services
University for the Creative Arts
Falkner Road
Tel: +44 (0) 1252 892723

Portrait photograph of Zandra Rhodes taken by UCA BA Photography student, Martin Gardner © Martin Gardner.



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