‘My Favourite Dress’ launch with Zandra Rhodes and Suzy Menkes

12 January 2010

Zandra Rhodes

O to the M to the G – How brilliant is Zandra Rhodes? Last night we nipped down to the Fashion and Textiles Museum to see Zandra and Suzy Menkes host the launch of gorgeous glossy tome ‘My Favourite Dress’ based on the exhibition of the same name and authored by Gity Monsef.

Doyenne of fashion journalism Suzy Menkes opened the night by saying “I think what is so brilliant about ‘My Favourite Dress' is that it must be a dress that has certainly been worn more than once, even some cases, worn to shreds. And in these days of fast fashion, when people buy an outfit and wear once before literally throwing it away. it’s so sad that fashion seems to have lost its emotional connection [between the person and the garment] and this exhibition and now book really celebrates that lovely connection. And congratulations to Gity for reasearching and writing such a great book”


Gity – author of the book was excited to tell everyone how “My life, really is fashion and standing here with Suzy and Zandra is a dream come true. My fashion moment”

Zandra told Grazia Daily, “We put on ‘My Favourite Dress’ as an exhibition very soon after I opened this museum because people were thinking – oh it’s all about her, we’re not getting involved its all about her. And I wanted to open it up – to show that it wasn’t about my designs, it was about all kinds of fashion. So we did this exhibition”

Meanwhile, we took the opportunity to ask some of the assembled fashionistas about thier own person favourite dresses . . . 

Kim Howells, stylist “My favourite Dress was definitely a beautiful black velvet dress with fringing that my Grandmother made. – She was a dressmaker. The story comes to a sad ending when the dress was destroyed by Dr NOKI’s (London designer) dog, Bail 100. There was war in the house for a long time after the dog did that. I was heartbroken”.

 Dr NOKI added “My dog is called Bail 100 because I had to pay £100 to get him out of the dog pound!”

Fred Butler, accessories designer, Props stylist and fashion blogging supremo recalled “A cream and blue stripy BIBA dress from the original store on Abingdon Road. It’s from about 1964 and it’s obscenely short because my aunty took it up. My Mum – who was dead trendy back in the day and a fit model for Ossie Clark threw all her clothes away apart from this one dress, that’s why its so special!”

Grazia fave, designer Osman Yousefzada, said “My favourite dress is always the next one! I’m never satisfied with my work”

This wonderful book featuring among many others, Alexander McQueen, Ossie Clark and Diane Von Furstenberg is available to buy now, with 10% of the cover price, £30 – going to Save the Children, and is a must for all fashion addicts’ bookshelves.

- Naomi Attwood


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