The Zandra Rhodes gown

Watch Shirley on TV discussing the gown designed for her by Zandra in 1988

Shirley did not buy any more gowns from Zandra after 1988, as far as I know, and there was one for sale in the Christie’s auction in 2003 (from Ian the Gown Guru)

Lot 46c at Christie’s

“A delicate three-piece stage outfit by Zandra Rhodes, the white silk chiffon skirt slit diagonally to the waist with flowing train, lavishly embroidered in an abstract design with silver thread, bugle beads and sequins, the matching sleeveless tunic with deep cowl back similarly embellished, the jagged hems of both edged with vari-sized imitation pearls, with a matching cape similarly embroidered, the jagged hem further enhanced with large white feathers and edged with silver beads, with cord ties terminating in silver metal tassels”


Above photo: Dame Shirley wearing the ensemble during a performance at the Apollo Theatre, Manchester during her U.K. Tour, 1989.

Copyright: Christie’s