BRANCHING OUT: Fashion designer Dame Zandra Rhodes and sculptor, temporary performance artist and Christmas tree king Andrew Logan with their Winter Tree at Standen Photo: John Miller/National Trust 

(Photo:graduation dresses uk)A VIBRANT winter tree designed by two leading names from the world of British fashion and art will greet visitors to Standen this Christmas.

Fashion designer Dame Zandra Rhodes and sculptor Andrew Logan have created the modern festive focal point for the National Trust property near East Grinstead.

The tree in the courtyard is one of the highlights of the Christmas opening of the Arts and Crafts property, where decorated rooms show Christmas throughout the ages.

Standen was designed for the wealthy Beale family in 1892 by architect Philip Webb, a close friend of English textile designer, poet, and novelist William Morris, one of the founders of the Arts and Crafts movement.

It is decorated with Morris carpets, fabrics and wallpaper.

Zandra was in the headlines this autumn when she opened London Fashion Week after a 10-year absence.

With Andrew as the self-styled “King of Christmas Trees”, and Zandra the “Queen of Pink”, it is perhaps no surprise that the predominant colours of their tree are neon pink and orange.

Traditional paper chains, baubles and wreaths have been given a 21st-century twist with both striking colour and materials, combining Zandra’s iconic patterns with a neon colour pallet and hand painting.

Many of the decorations have been made by students under the guidance of Zandra and Andrew.

“The decorations are all handmade from familiar materials,” said Zandra. “So they are totally in keeping with everything that Morris stood for in his day.”

Standen’s unique Winter Tree can be seen in the courtyard from 10am to 5pm. The house with decorated rooms is also open daily from 11am to 3pm.

At weekends, visitors can see the tree illuminated from 4.30 to 6.30pm when there will be additional festive entertainment. Pre-booking is required and charges apply, please see website for details.

On Saturday, December 14, Zandra and Andrew will talk about their respective careers and their inspiration. Pre-booking required.Read more at:occasion dresses

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