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Design - Alternative design for V&A members week bag
  • Alternative design for V&A members week bag
    Rhodes, Zandra
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Alternative design for V&A members week bag

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    2012 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rhodes, Zandra (maker)
    Zandra Rhodes

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Drawn, hand-coloured, painted and written on paper.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Zandra Rhodes

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case FD, shelf 21

V&A Members’ Week began in 2011 as a week-long celebration of all that the V&A Membership has to offer. In 2012 a free tote bag giveaway was introduced and as Zandra Rhodes was the weeks’ key evening speaker, she was approached to design a motif for the bag. A total of 2000 bags were produced to be given away free to members.

Rhodes was given a very concise brief for the design stipulating that it should include her name along with the words ‘Members’ Week.’ It also had to fit into the dimensions of a 245 x 275mm box, with the V&A Logo incorporated into one of the corners.

Zandra Rhodes (b. 1940) is an English fashion and textile designer, well known for her dramatic, glamorous and extrovert style. She has designed clothes for Diana, Princess of Wales, Elizabeth Taylor and Freddie Mercury. Since 2000 Rhodes has been designing sets and costumes for opera. Additionally she set up the Fashion and Textile Museum in Bermondsey, London, which opened in 2003.

Physical description

Sheet of white paper with bold and abstract design in red, blue, black, yellow, green and pink. The top half of the page is decorated with a red banner, decorated with multicoloured starts and filled in with red gouache. The banner is flanked on either side with blue stars/ explosions. The bottom half of the page has one large star/ explosion decorated with polka dots.

Place of Origin

London (made)


2012 (made)


Rhodes, Zandra (maker)
Zandra Rhodes

Materials and Techniques

Drawn, hand-coloured, painted and written on paper.

Marks and inscriptions

Exclusively designed by Zandra Rhodes for V&A Members Week


Height: 39.6 cm, Width: 34.4 cm

Object history note

Alternative designs for the 'Members Week' tote bag produced by Zandra Rhodes, she was key note speaker for the Members Week events progamme in 2012.

Descriptive line

Zandra Rhodes; alternative design for members week bag, 2012


Gouache; Marker pen; Crayon; Pencil


Drawn; Coloured; Written; Technique; Painted

Subjects depicted



Fashion; Designs

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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