The Faces of Zandra Rhodes
Travel the world with pioneering designer and advanced style icon Zandra Rhodes, whose unique, colorful work with textiles and patterns continues to inspire, most notably here in Seattle, where we follow along as she coordinates costumes and set design for Seattle Opera's production of Bizet's "The Pearl Fishers."
Travel the world with a fashion icon whose textiles and styling are as eccentric as her signature hot pink bob. Revolutionizing the industry with dramatic prints and uninhibited silhouettes, London native Zandra Rhodes' exuberance has extended to runways, museums, opera houses, and the influence behind the work of countless contemporary designers. Archival footage shows career highlights and innovative looks that unapologetically rebelled against conventional trends. Known for bringing London to the forefront of international fashion and designing ages ahead of her time, Zandra consistently beat luxury brands to styles that became the embodiment of generations. Beyond an exhibition of her pieces and lifetime of artistry, director David Wiesehan offers an inside look to her meticulous creative process, using behind-the-scenes footage of costume design for the Seattle Opera's production of "The Magic Flute." This colorful documentary feature also depicts Zandra Rhodes as a devotee to art in all forms, with a bevy of muses including local glassblowing legend Dale Chihuly; the two meet at Chihuly's private studio and share their vision and techniques, shedding light on the fluidity between inventive forms of expressions.
Upon graduating from film school in 1982, David Wiesehan launched his documentary film career with the production of "Zandra Rhodes: A Fantasy Show." Over the years, David has created inspiring documentaries for broadcast television and corporations exploring innovation in technology. Including the "Swatch Mobile Wave Tour" and "The Making of MagicQuest." The Faces of Zandra Rhodes is his first feature-length documentary.
Sponsored by 4Culture, Encore City Arts, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Weekly, Washington State Arts Commission, Shoreline Community College, National Endowment for the Arts
- Director: David Wiesehan
- Principal Cast: Zandra Rhodes, Joan Agajanian Quinn, Anjelica Huston, Pat Cleveland, and The Seattle Opera featuring: Michael Chow, Dale Chihuly and Kytami
- Premiere Status: World
- Country: USA
- Year: 2018
- Running Time: 81 minutes
- Producer: David Wiesehan, Rebecca Cole Wiesehan, Joan Agajanian Quinn
- Screenplay: David Wiesehan
- Cinematographers: David Wiesehan
- Editors: David Wiesehan
- Music: The Human Experience, Saqi, Kytami, The Crowned Crow
- Filmography: Debut Feature Film
- Language: English
- Format: DCP