Our Heroes in Blue

Our Heroes in Blue

Name: Our Heroes in Blue

Location: Birmingham

Created by: Dame Zandra Rhodes

This vivid ultramarine blue sculpture honours our NHS. It features a rainbow of lilies that twist across the body in celebration and honour of the UK’s fantastic health care service. Lilies are a key print and figure in Zandra Rhodes designs dating back to 1971 and her famous Field of Lilies print.

Dame Zandra Rhodes has been a notorious figurehead of the UK fashion industry for five decades. Zandra celebrated her 50th year in fashion in September 2019 with a retrospective exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum – founded by Zandra – entitled Zandra Rhodes: 50 Years of Fabulous and a retrospective book published by Yale. Her notoriety as a print designer combined with an affinity for fine fabrics and colour has resulted in a signature aesthetic that is undeniably unique and continues to stand the test of time.

An eponymous pioneer of the British and international fashion scene since the late 60’s, Zandra’s career has seen her collaborate with brands such as Valentino, Happy Socks and Mac Cosmetics. She continues to collaborate with brands that inspire her and 2021 will see the launch of Zandra Rhodes x IKEA amongst many other exciting partnerships and projects.

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