International designer Zandra Rhodes to speak at Canyon Crest Academy in Carmel Valley

The Canyon Crest Academy Foundation recently announced an evening with Zandra Rhodes on March 31 at 6 p.m. in the school’s Proscenium Theater. Rhodes is an internationally-acclaimed artist, textile and fashion designer and set/costume designer. As the kick-off of the “Across the Universe: A Tribute to the Beatles,” Rhodes will speak to students and the community about her experiences as an artist.

“It is the mission of the CCA Foundation to enrich the experience of every student, every day,” said CCAF Executive Director Joanne Couvrette, “and with that in mind we have designed ‘Across the Universe’ with our students central to the planning, and have sought to include expert guests into the process. Zandra Rhodes is not only an accomplished artist and designer, she brings an expertise and experience in both set and costume design.”

Rhodes has designed for an eclectic mix of well-known individuals ranging from Princess Diana to Freddy Mercury (of Queen) to Jackie Onassis and Elizabeth Taylor. She has been nominated for an Emmy award for set design. Locally, she has designed sets for the San Diego Opera’s production of Aida.

Her biography notes, “Zandra’s own lifestyle is as dramatic, glamorous and extrovert as her designs. With her bright pink hair, theatrical make-up and art jewelry, she has stamped her identity on the international world of fashion. She was one of the new wave of British designers who put London at the forefront of the international fashion scene in the 1970s. Her unique use of bold prints, fiercely feminine patterns and theatrical use of color has given her garments a timeless quality that makes them unmistakably a Rhodes creation. In 1977 she pioneered the pink and black jersey collection with holes and beaded safety pins that earned her the name of “Princess of Punk.” Her posters from this period have been a continuous inspiration for make-up artists and are collectors’ items. She continues to clothe and design for the rich and famous around the world, from royalty to rock stars including: HRH Princess Michael of Kent, Debbie Harry, Bianca Jagger, Kylie Minogue, Anastasia, Paris Hilton, Joan Rivers and the late Isabella Blow.”

“Although we planned the event as an education opportunity for students, we soon discovered a huge interest among parents and the community,” says Couvrette. “We decided to open the event to the public, as a kick-off to ‘Across the Universe’ and are asking our adult guests to bring a set of Beatles Drinking Glasses as their ticket. We plan to use the glasses at the May 16 gala. The glasses are unexpectedly proving more difficult to find in the last month, however. We found them at several local stores last month, but now I can only find them online, and hope we will collect the number we need!”

For more information on this event and to find out where to get your Beatles glasses, visit to the CCA Foundation Facebook Page. Information about “Across the Universe” and Zandra Rhodes is updated frequently.

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