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PLACEText: Sari Uchida

Fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, whose popularity was at its peak in the 1970s, is enjoying a comeback thanks to her newly opened Fashion and Textile Museum. It will house three thousand of Rhodes’ own creations and also support educational facilities, providing opportunities for people to study and become familiar with all areas of fashion and textiles.

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Rhodes is well known for her unsubtle appearance: shocking pink hair and matching lips, eyelids heavily caked in deep purple. Her museum has just the same qualities: large walls of pink, yellow and orange as designed by Mexican architect Ricardo Legoretta. He is known for his lavish use of vast areas of warm, bold colours best demonstrated here in the entrance lobby, with its shocking pink walls (reflecting his client’s hair colour) and vibrant blue arch ceiling. This is Legoretta’s first building in Europe.However, as the building was once a cash-and-carry warehouse, it gives an impression that the architect worked on it more as an interior (andexterior) renovator.

‘My Favourite Dress’ is the theme for the opening exhibition, with dresses selected by seventy leading designers. The aim is to illustrate the creative process behind each dress; how the designer was inspired, came up with the design and realized the creation, by providing anecdotes and quotes from each.

Rhodes’ own favourite dress is a one-shouldered, pea green chiffon dress which she created in 1974. It features images of Ayers Rock, Australia, at sunset and sunrise together with pincushion plants. The dress is held in place at the top with a quilted satin panel. There are many colour variations, one of which was owned by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

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