Zandra Rhodes

Zandra Rhodes

Zandra Rhodes thinks textile designers deserve more recognition.

Cinderellas of the business

The designer says the people behind the creations are the "Cinderellas of the business" as they put so much hard work in.

She added to WWD: "If you see a fabulous Chanel suit in a beautiful weave on the runway, you can be sure Karl Lagerfeld didn't design [the fabric]," she says. "I'd like to see more credit given to textile designers for all their work done in the background."

Zandra also revealed how she sees if her ideas work on paper first and would never work out her garment prototypes on models.

She said: "It's so expensive to do it in fabric, so I have to see if it slightly works on paper first. Out of a print, I may get 10 to 30 ideas, but I initially need to feel that two or three will work before I invest in screens for printing. The print dictates the dress cut, not the other way around

"A model can make a sack look good. If it doesn't look good on a real body, there's going to be a problem. I've always experimented on myself."

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