11th November 2005




Top fashion designer Zandra Rhodes CBE will be at the University of Lincoln on Monday (14th November) to discuss plans to work with staff and students on a range of initiatives.


Rhodes wants to work with a university to provide a greater focus on the learning aspect of her new Fashion and Textiles Museum which she opened in Bermondsey, south London, in 2003.


"We are really excited about Zandra’s visit as it provides an opportunity to explore ideas and potential collaboration with one of the most flamboyant, creative minds of the last 40 years," said Paul Middleton, Head of Design at the university.


Rhodes was one of the new wave of British designers who put London at the forefront of the international fashion scene in the 1970s.


She has designed for clients as diverse as Diana, Princess of Wales, Jackie Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor and Freddie Mercury.


She continues design for royalty and stars from all around the world, from Debbie Harry and Bianca Jagger to Princess Michael of Kent, Joan Rivers and Kylie Minogue.


Her own lifestyle has proved to be as dramatic, glamorous and extrovert as her designs. With her bright green hair (later changing to purple, then orange and now pink), theatrical make-up and art-jewellery she has stamped her identity on the international world of fashion.


She will be arriving at Thomas Parker House at 9am and touring the Fashion Department to meet staff and students.


Then she will meet senior managers at the Brayford Pool campus at 12 noon.


To arrange photographs or interviews at Thomas Parker House between 10am and 12 noon please contact the press office on 01522 886042.


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For more information contact:

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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