Ten years on, the story behind my 2010 painting of Zandra Rhodes!
Dame Zandra Rhodes stars in the new series of The Real Marigold Hotel on BBC One, alongside her actress friend Britt Ekland and Duncan Bannatyne, amongst others. She is my fashion designer contemporary and recently revealed to Trinny Woodall that she sleeps in her makeup. I love that.
Back in the year 2010, I was commissioned to paint Zandra's portrait - life sized! - for a BBC television documentary called Inside Out (of which more later, in a separate story!). Creative and bohemian, Zandra is famous for her love of pink. Even her Fashion & Textile Museum in London is orange and pink. Naturally, for our sittings, she wore a beautiful hand-painted tunic of her own design, colour-matched to her pink hair, with jewellery by her dear friend Andrew Logan, whose work has also never gone out of fashion.
I loved painting Zandra, especially the rich textiles, fab jewellery and even her boots! She was delighted with her portrait, and I also created a canvas replica for her, albeit in a slightly more manageable size.
She wrote: “It is fantastic and all the wonderful memories it brings back! A million thank yous! I love your idea of decorating the frame! I am working out ideas where it can have pride of place in my apartment.”
I have loads more stories about my life in art & fashion right here on my blog.
These John Lennon caps are made to last! Helen Anderson's original design, originally created in 1964, worn here by the Beatle in 1975, still with the Ferrari pin he stuck into it when he passed his driving test and bought a powder blue convertible.
For the inside story on John Lennon and loads of memories from fashion designer Helen Anderson - Lennon's friend and of course the designer of his famous leather cap - listen to this great interview with Jude Southerland Kessler.
If you are in such a hurry to get hold of a cap that you don’t have time to measure your head, you could also check the size of another hat that fits: hat sizes are universal… in theory. Don’t see your size? Have a special request?