On Monday evening, Zandra Rhodes, legendary British designer to royalty, celebrities and opera performers, was at the downtown Larrimor's for an intimate evening with local Pittsburghers. As you can see in the photo above, she is all around fabulous. From her bright pink hair, to arms full of bracelets, she is a true artist and is not afraid to be bold.
Before we even sat down with her, I learned a lot. I need pink hair at some point in my life, I need to be more adventurous with style, and I definitely need to start wearing more jewelry starting NOW.
The evening with Sandra started off with a small discussion between her and local artisans. In this collaborative and safe environment, designers had their pieces critiqued by Zandra and Larrimor's employees. Following this session, many students from the fashion merchandising program at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh filled Larrimor's store, asking Zandra all the questions they could. Questions ranged from starting your own design business to getting your first internship.
Zandra informed students that they should get their foot in the door with an internship or entry-level job. She said that no job is small, and that her own past interns included now well-known designers Matthew Williamson and Philip Treacy. In these jobs, Zandra says that you should dress up for the job you really want. She went on to say that she can tell who really wants a job and who doesn't from how they dress.
Zandra is in town designing the set and costumes for the Pittsburgh Opera's production of "The Pearl Fishers." You can see more photos at the Clutch Facebook page here.