How to get ahead: Zandra Rhodes

Zandra Rhodes “Don’t see any job as beneath you. There is no such thing as a small job – only small people. The reality is, because of the credit crunch, there aren’t that many roles out there. If you have to go to a lesser job, do it with the best intentions, as you don’t know what it might lead to. All the best interns I’ve had working for me – like Philip Treacy and Matthew Williamson – would turn their hand to any task, even if it was just making a cup of tea.”
[Zandra Rhodes, quote from ‘Grazia’ magazine January 18, 2010]

Zandra Rhodes

[photo: Gene Nocon]

Dame Zandra Rhodes is a British fashion legend. If she asked me to make a cup of tea, I would make one. Her advice works for me in strong economic times, as well as in poor. The best way to learn any job is bottom-up. The best way to write a novel is to write, write lots, write every day. Write flash fiction, short stories, poetry, essays, blogs. Unfortunately best-selling novelists don’t take on interns, as fashion designers do. Otherwise I’d be first in the queue… Kate Atkinson, PD James, Philippa Gregory.

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For Zandra Rhodes’ website, click here.
To read an article in The Guardian about Zandra Rhodes’ life and upbringing, click here.

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