Works by internationally-acclaimed fashion designer Zandra Rhodes are to be made available on the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS) image repository. Amongst other collections, VADS is a great resource for obtaining contextualised images of textile and fashion-related items.
The Digital Collection Project is a collaborative venture between the University of Creative Arts in London (UCA) who host VADS and the Zandra Rhodes Studio which has been a powerhouse in fashion over the last 50 years. Zandra, who trained at one of UCA's founder colleges is one of the most famous names in British fashion, designing haute couture costumes for celebrities, royalty and even for opera. Her interests in fashion education are apparent through her close links with UCA and this recent effort to share in a project that uses digital technology for the benefit of teaching and research.
500 images of the designer's most iconic designs will have open online access selected from her back-catalogue, which stretches back to the 1960s. The resource is a great opportunity for emergent and aspiring fashion and textile designers interested in British fashion heritage.
For more information, visit the project's Wordpress blog below and keep checking VADS for the collection to make its colourful entrance.