Unveiling of Portrait of Dame Zandra Rhodes at Clarendon Fine Art in Chelsea


Leila wanted to capture Dame Zandra as a style icon, celebrating her 50th year at the forefront of British fashion. But she also wanted to capture her at home in her eclectic, dreamy Bermondsey penthouse.

To do this, Leila chose to paint Dame Zandra out on her garden terrace, a place Rhodes clearly loves, and like the penthouse interior, is filled with quirky collectibles, sculptures and plants, and painted in bright rainbow colours. The plants were also an important pictorial element to Leila, given the inspiration Rhodes draws from them for her textile prints.

Leila wanted to capture Rhodes’ sense of fun and mischief, painting her in a relaxed, confident pose. Leila’s bright, bold palette played out across the canvas in the icon’s signature pink bob, make-up, jewellery, her clothes and garden, celebrating the beauty of colour and pattern.