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Zandra Rhodes was ready for archive collection

FashionBy Sunday World
Zandra Rhodes was ready for archive collection

Zandra Rhodes thinks it is the right time to release her archive-inspired collection.

The 75-year-old designer has teamed up with MatchesFashion for a special collaboration which pays homage to 10 of her most famous dresses and she thinks modern technology has given the garments a "fresher" feel.

He said: "I've talked about it a few times with some great people but it just never felt progressive before as it does now. I have exactly the right team in place to do it to our best ability, this - partnered with and their digital trunk shows - has allowed me to do the bits I love best about my work and allows me to work at a pace that is respectful to my atelier, my craft and the environment.

"Even though I print in a very traditional way, I feel technology makes the whole thing feel different. For me it feels fresher, not just doing the same old, selling the same clothes in the same way."

But Zandra admits it was hard to pare down the collection to just 10 pieces.

She told "It wasn't easy to choose just the 10, there's enough for quite a few of these collections if I'm honest.

"One of my favourite prints though is Star Wars, which features on the skirt of the Frida Dress, with a Mexican collection circular print on the top. I think mixing my prints and how they are placed on the body is what makes my work uniquely mine.

"The Diana Dress is very special as it's such a limited edition. There has only been one before now, as it was a collaboration with the Princess and myself, that one is on permanent display at Kensington Palace in the Style Rules Redefined exhibition.

"We've altered the shade of cherry-blossom pink slightly in respect for the original, but it feels meaningful to be able to not only celebrate such a great woman but an amazing time in my career."