Gainsborough x Zandra Rhodes

Launching Spring 2022, ‘The Britannia Collection’ is an exciting new collaboration between two of Britain’s most iconic design names; silk weaving house Gainsborough and legendary fashion designer Dame Zandra Rhodes. Skilfully composed and curated, the collection showcases a fusion of two distinct yet complementary aesthetics: the refined grandeur of Gainsborough’s exquisite designs alongside the bold, liberated style that characterises Zandra’s work.

Featuring two exuberant fabrics, O-Gee Whizz and Fabulous Frills, ‘The Britannia Collection’ is woven using traditional weaving practices, on heritage looms at Gainsborough’s historic mill in Suffolk. Both designs incorporate Zandra’s signature style of free-flowing patterns and prints, as well as her use of bold, captivating colours.

Having presented a series of initial hand painted designs, developed especially for Gainsborough, Zandra worked in close partnership with the team, delving into Gainsborough’s glorious design archive and exploring intricate production processes, eventually arriving at the perfect sympatico designs for the collection.

As a result, the collection captures both the craft and finery of British textile design, as well a contemporary decorative style perfectly suited to today’s interiors.

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Images courtesy of Alun Callender
Hair by James Oxley
Make-up by Charlene Williams
With special thanks to McKinney and Co, George Spencer Designs and Heritage Trimmings
© 2019 Zandra Rhodes