At York Furrier, we are singing the praises of iconic British designer Zandra Rhodes. With pink hair, artistic make-up, and a flair for dramatic details, Rhodes’ incomparable creations have contributed to the playful side of our very own York Collection.
Known in the fashion industry as the “Princess of Punk,” Rhodes has an incredible talent for irreverently pairing theatrically bold colors with feminine frills in geometrically distinctive designs that pop and surprise. A former Designer of the Year at York Furrier, Rhodes has contributed a unique perspective and irresistible energy to the York Collection of designer furs.
Rhodes, who burst onto the London fashion scene in 1967 after traditional British manufacturers deemed her work too outrageous for mainstream culture, has maintained a relevant role through the decades with her eclectic mix of ongoing projects. Pioneering the use of printed textiles as an integral part of her creations, Rhodes has been a trailblazer in the world of fashion ever since opening the doors to her own London shop and then taking her brilliant designs to New York only two years later in 1969.
Rhodes’ versatility as a designer is obvious in her range of clientele, which has included everyone from the royal (Diana, Princess of Wales, and HRH Princess Michael of Kent), to the legendary (Elizabeth Taylor and Jackie Onassis), to rock stars and runway greats (Freddie Mercury of Queen and Kate Moss), to pop culture’s Kylie Minogue, Joan Rivers, Sarah Jessica Parker and Paris Hilton. Her designs have sold worldwide, and she has now taken her theatrical personality to the stage, designing sets and costumes for operas throughout North America; opened a Fashion and Textile Mill in London; and created a touring museum exhibition, “Zandra Rhodes: Lifelong Love Affair with Textiles.”
Accolades for Zandra Rhodes include: “Woman of Distinction Award” in 1986, “Golden Hanger” Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997, Commander of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth II in 1997, Leading Woman Entrepreneur of the World by Star Group USA in 1998, and a Living Legacy Award in 2003, to name just a few of her many, many honors and achievements.
York Furrier is excited to feature multiple pieces by Rhodes, including her velour sheared mink hooded walking coat in a rich chocolate brown. Another Rhodes favorite in the York Collection is her Golden dyed Stone Marten Jacket with Leather Inserts, sure to flatter any form with its one-of-a-kind texture and shape.
Zandra Rhodes designed Golden dyed Stone Marten Jacket with Leather Inserts; Zandra Rhodes designed Natural White Mink Trimmed Lamb Walking Coat with Stretch Belt; Zandra Rhodes designed Natural Blue Iris Corded Mink Bolero Jacket with Cashmere Liner.
For the fashion-forward women of Chicago, Zandra Rhodes fur designs are just what you need to add a feminine flair to your wardrobe. The York Collection features many creations by this talented innovator, whose vibrant vision has taken the fashion world by storm over the past several decades. To follow Rhodes’ lead by perfecting the art of wearing fur, North Shore and Barrington shoppers may choose from the extensive selection of glam styles available at York Furrier!