Zandra Rhodes was first introduced to the world of fashion by her mother, who was a fitter for the Paris fashion House of Worth and later a lecturer at Medway College of Art in Kent. Rhodes studied printing textile design at Medway College and then at the Royal College of Art in London. Her initial textile designs were considered too outrageous for traditional British manufacturers to produce, so Rhodes decided to make her own fabrics. She used specially printed textiles as an intrinsic part of the garments she designed. In 1967 Rhodes opened her first store, The Fulham Road Clothes Shop in London, with Sylvia Ayton. In 1969 Rhodes set up her own studio and then took a collection to New York where Diana... more.