Last week, I spent a lovely afternoon with fashion icon Zandra Rhodes at her London penthouse apartment (along with other people in the sewing industry, I must also say). We were all there to take a look at her debut collection of fabrics for FreeSpirit and Coats Crafts
I'd met Zandra many years ago at a Brother sewing machine function at the Fashion and Textile Museum and forgotten what a lovely lady she is and so approachable too.
Zandra Rhodes early textile fashion designs were considered too outrageous by traditional British manufacturers, and so in 1969 she decided to establish her own retail store front on fashionable Fulham Road in West London. Zandra Rhodes is a major influencer in the world of fashion and the founder of the Fashion and Textile Museum in London.
Lace Mountain, is Zandra’s debut collection with FreeSpirit and it is full of bold and vibrant colourful designs that you would expect from such an exuberant designer. Zandra has always been known for her dramatic, glamorous and extroverted designs and she has now collaborated with FreeSpirit and Coats Crafts to come up with this dynamic range of fabrics.
This new and exciting fabric collection takes its in inspiration from nature, and her mother who sewed and made dresses at home. “For this collection, I’ve delved into my vast Rhodes repertoire of wiggles, stitching, frills and flowers to specially produce wonderful memories that can be magically sewn together in a myriad of ways.”
“Lace Mountain represents memories of Australia’s Ayers Rock (The Lace Mountain), and the Spinifex Grass that grows around it. The way the imagery is interpreted is influenced by my mother and my sewing background,” explains Zandra.
There are three ranges within this colour-fest collection: Tribal, Midnight and Solar. Each has its own colour palette making them very adaptable for using together for making clothes to home furnishings. Tribal features gorgeous rusts, purples and oranges, Midnight features turquoise and purple tones while Solar includes hot pinks and yellows (what you would expect from a lady that loves pink). These fabrics drape beautifully and are also going to wash well and will retail at £12.99 per metre from FreeSpirit fabric stockists.
Zandra told us that “It’s been great going back through my designs and including them in this fabric range. The swatches were sent to me for approval while I was travelling with my exhibition in Kuala Lumpur and I was delighted with the results.” “These fabrics will so very versatile to stitchers,” she added.