Zandra Rhodes on art and fashion

This interview is part of a conversation series by Artby: short sparkling talks with flamboyant creatives and high profile fashionistas, sharing their view on the love affair between art and fashion

Once known as the ’princess of punk’, the designer Zandra Rhodes attracts the rich and famous - from rock stars to royalty. She has dressed Freddie Mercury, Kylie Minogue, Bianca Jagger, Paris Hilton, Jackie Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor and the late Diana, Princess of Wales, among others. Her vintage pieces have also been collected by Tom Ford and worn by Kelly Osborne, Ashley Olsen and Kate Moss. For lovers of eye-catching design, artistic integrity and acid bright colors - this cult designer is pure pleasure

The glamorous, bold and pink haired Zandra Rhodes kindly agreed to talk with us about art and fashion. She insits on a free definition of art and lets us know which artworks she loves and lives with

What is art to you, Zandra Rhodes? My ‘Art’ is printed textiles that I design and print. I consider my work ’Art’ as much as painting. Art is an all-encompassing word  

Fashion and art, are they two different things or two versions of the same thing? If it’s ‘Art’ with a capital ’A’ then I automatically think of painting and sculpture, but fashion IS art! It is a magnificent art form. In my case I believe the creation of my printed textiles is an ART. As much art as painting.  It is a work of art except that the fabric moves around the body - definitely two versions of the same thing

Favorite art piece? My favorite art piece is an art piece I’d love to live with on my wall. The magical view of a house by a river by Duggie Fields that I love and have lived with for over 50 years. Or the Ghandi mirrored head complete with a map of India by Andrew Logan. However, I could live with a Matisse - The Bathers. But equally the amazing tall sculptural elongated mannequins with the Grace Jones’ dress by Azzedine Alaïa, in his earlier exhibition in London at the Design Museum

Photo credit: Sarah Mireya

More? Visit www.zandrarhodes.com. Other talks on art and fashion, check out: IN CONVERSATION WITH THE ICONIC DIANE PERNET, TALKING ABOUT ART AND FASHION WITH BEA ÅKERLUND