Zandra Rhodes believes IRI matters. This summer, the designer – whose glowing pink hair shone across the screen in a recent Zoom chat with WWD – resumes her role as guest host of the Museum of Arts and Designs’ annual MAD About Jewelry event for draw attention to jewelry made by artists. .
“I think it’s a reconstruction of his soul. You can see the real work, not just like you’re talking to me on a computer screen, ”Rhodes said of museums.
But all the while, Rhodes has embraced the technology. She has digitally cataloged some 5,000 items from her archives and has adapted to the world of Zoom. In that vein, she will join the Museum of Art and Design on virtual gatherings to support jewelry craftsmen like Andrew Logan, whom she will lead in the conversation on July 1 as he sells his intricate and sculptural creations.
“I never give up wearing jewelry or makeup,” Rhodes said of her jewelry addiction throughout the pandemic. “I always dress – I think that’s the face of the world. The minute you stop worrying about your face in front of the world, it’s pretty painful, ”she said.
The 80 year old has been through many major world events and was among the designers who changed the face of UK fashion in the early 1970s. But still, Rhodes said: “I can’t imagine that there was never a period of time [like this]. I could only compare it to something like the Black Death in the Middle Ages, when people had to hide and not move. “
Rhodes believes the time has come for a global reassessment. “I think people all over the world have to change in one way or another. We cannot continue to use the world’s resources. Maybe people are more concerned with what they buy and treasure. We can’t always have something new, something new, something new. We can have additions and maybe do something that we already have newer, ”she said.
Coming out of the pandemic, Rhodes expects “an incredible explosion of talent because everyone is going to be released.”
MAD About Jewelry takes place all summer with discussions on Zoom including Elie Top and Amy Fine Collins, En Jewelry Studio in conversation with Lynn Yaeger, and Marie-Hélène de Taillac and Tiffany Dubin. Registration is available on the website of the Museum of Arts and Design.