Posts Tagged ‘Woman’s Hour’

Speaking of the royal wedding (because EVERYONE is) Zandra Rhodes actually has nothing to do with it.  But the British designer did have an opinion when she was recently asked on Woman’s Hour her prediction for Meghan’s dress:  “I don’t think it will be too daring … not too low or too high or too short … they’ll make sure that she just looks gorgeous and the whole world thinks she’s gorgeous.”

She went on to say that she’s never met Meghan and although she would have liked to have designed the wedding dress, she wasn’t asked.

Princess-Anne1Ms. Rhodes did design various dresses for Princess Diana and in the early 1970s she designed the dress Princess Anne wore in the official engagement photos after the announcement that she was to marry Captain Mark Phillips. (They divorced in 1992, just FYI.) As you can see pictured on the left, it was very much a fairy-tale dress and of its era.




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Princess Anne makes Zandra Rhodes a Dame.

In 2015 Ms. Rhodes was made a Dame, presented with the honor by Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace. How nice is that?

Now, while the royal wedding is happening, so is (B)old Festival (damn, it’s going to be a madhouse in London). (B)old Festival is a weekend celebration along the south side of the Thames, celebrating all artists 65 and older. Dame Rhodes has designed a series of flags that will hang all along the festival hall.

Back to Meghan, her dress and the designer are top secret but we can be sure that 1. It will be stunning and 2. It will be in good taste. I’m hoping that, like Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, she’ll embrace sleeves. Because strapless wedding gowns are becoming old hat!

So, Royal Wedding Day 2018 is almost here. Let the countdown begin.




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untitledAnd the models were so scantily dressed and so underfed and so clompy – even when wearing six-inch, lethally dangerous stiletto heels. I always thought models were supposed to be elegant and walk beautifully. Not so. I just wanted to take them home, warm them up, cook them dinner and tell them to smile!

– Jenni Murray, host of Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4

Ms. Murray attended London Fashion Week, which was held February 14 – 18, 2014 at Somerset House.

Elegant? Oh, how passé.

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Heart Hat. Photo by John Ross, model is Connie Chai. Image courtesy of Primitive Streak.

Listening to BBC Radio Woman’s Hour last week, I learned about a unique fashion project created by leading British fashion designer Helen Storey and her sister Kate Storey, who is a developmental biologist at Oxford University.

Started in 1997 the project is called Primitive Streak, which in developmental biology refers to an essential moment in the early embryo when cells move into place to start making internal organs like the heart, muscle, and kidneys. Helen and Kate collaborated to design and build 27 pieces of clothing representing the first 1000 hours of life from fertilization to recognizable human form. The collection toured Britain in the late 90s and ten of the pieces are on tour again with the additional new Lung Dress.

Included in the collection are representations of:

  • sperm as a white lacy coat
  • cell division in a long flowing dress with a red and black applique
  • and the heart as a structured hat (pictured above).  

Using vivid colors and innovative design, the clothing turns complicated science into desirable chic.

On the Woman’s Hour segment, Helen said she enjoyed the opportunity of experimenting with textiles and in creating the various pieces, biology had to suggest the material. For her part, Kate is pleased to be able to convey these amazing human development sequences to a different audience.  

Click here to read more about Primitive Streak and see photos.

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