collection SC.491 - Zandra Rhodes fashion runway show videos, 1978-1998

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Zandra Rhodes fashion runway show videos, 1978-1998


  • 1978-1998 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

22 videos on magnetic media cassette tapes, including VHS, betamax, and U-matic.

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Biographical history

"Zandra Rhodes has been a figurehead of British fashion since 1969, the year in which she founded her eponymous design house. Having begun her career as a textile designer before turning to fashion design, Rhodes's designs display a fascination with printed textiles; she is famous for her embroidered, beaded, and often hand-painted chiffons, and overtly theatrical clothes. Being placed amid a London fashion environment that appreciated the eccentric, and with brand advocates such as Natalie Wood, Liza Minnelli, and Princesses Anne and Margaret, Rhodes gained a committed following throughout the 1970s and early 1980s. The designer founded London’s Fashion and Textile Museum in 2003, and was named Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2014."

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by Zandra Rhodes in September 2020.

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Scope and content

Zandra Rhodes runway fashion show videos, some choreographed by Derek Jarman and Ron Link. Collection includes:

  • 1978 June: London Show
  • 1982 May 1: Fashion Show- La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art
  • 1983 October: Spring/Summer 1984 Fashion Spectacular Fables of the Sea
  • 1985 October: Spring/Summer 1986 Spanish Impressions 2nd show
  • Autumn/Winter 1985 India Revisited
  • Spring/Summer 1985
  • Autumn/Winter 1986 March Ode to Woman
  • 1987 December: Seibu Sari Show Tokyo, at the Seed Hall
  • Autumn/Winter 1987 Wish Upon a Star
  • Autumn/Winter 1988 'Elements of Woman' Show Pillar Hall Olympia
  • Spring/Summer Fantastic Flower Garden Show
  • Spring/Summer 1989 Venetian Splendor
  • Autumn/Winter 1989 Queen of Hearts
  • Spring/Summer 1990 Zandra Goes Hollywood
  • Autumn/Winter 1991 Celestial Bodies
  • Spring/Summer 1991 Flower Power
  • Autumn/Winter 1992 Pretty Woman
  • Spring/Summer 1992 Cinderella Dreams in Color
  • Autumn/Winter 1995 An Unfinished Symphony
  • Spring/Summer 1995
  • Autumn/Winter 1996-97 Pologeorgis
  • 1998 February 14: Fashion Show

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Must be digitized.


System of arrangement

Cassettes arranged in one box as they can fit.

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Conditions governing access

Access is open to researchers by appointment at the Fashion Institute of Technology Library, Department of Special Collections and College Archives. If you have any questions, or wish to schedule an appointment contact us at or call (212) 217-4385.

Conditions governing reproduction

The Department of Special Collections and College Archives does not own copyright for all material held in its physical custody. It is the researcher's obligation to abide by and satisfy copyright law ( when copying or using materials (including digital materials) found in or made available from the department. When possible, the department will inform a researcher about the copyright status of material, the researcher's obligations with regard to such material, and, wherever possible, the owner or owners of the copyrights. Any and all reproduction of originals is at the archivist's discretion.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

  • Latin

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Magnetic media cassettes require special equipment to view. Material is rare and fragile. Digitized versions of video content can be viewed on the premises only.

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Existence and location of originals

The Library of the Fashion Institute of Technology, Department of Special Collections and College Archives, 27th St. at 7th Ave., NY, NY , USA, 10001

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Dates of creation revision deletion

July 5, 2023


  • English


  • Latin


Archivist's note

Arrangement, description, and archival processing by Samantha Levin in 2023, FIT, NY, NY, USA.

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