I previously worked as Print Designer and Head of Textiles for Dame Zandra Rhodes. In this role I worked on many projects including scenery and costumes for opera, interior textiles, and most notably the print collaboration between Zandra Rhodes and Valentino for their Spring/Summer 2017 collection. This role also gave me the opportunity to work with the vast archive of designs produced by this iconic Fashion House over the past 50 years and to appreciate the process of designing for 'slow fashion'.
Preliminary paintings in the design process.
A length of screen printed silk chiffon featuring the finished design.
The 'Frilly Circle Dress'; forming part of the Zandra Rhodes Archive Collection exclusively for Matches Fashion.
New floral layouts.
Hand painted ideas for new prints.
Bouquets and bows - hand painted print options.
Hand painted print and motif ideas.
Final artwork painted in three colours to create separate screens for printing.
Screen printed colour swatches.
Finishing touches completed by hand.
Scenery paintings inspired by Chinese artwork.
Chinese dragons in navy and gold.