BRITISH fashion icon Dame Zandra Rhodes breezed in to visit a luxury jewellery showroom in Batley.
The 78-year-old, known for an illustrious client list from the late Princess Diana to model Kate Moss, flew from Shanghai to meet Pugata owner Zak Patel.
Zak visited Dame Zandra at her London home recently – and she decided to come and see his work at Batley Business & Technology Centre.
She said: “I was particularly impressed with Zak’s collection of jewellery, along with the bespoke service he offers.
“We met at my house in London recently and it was great to catch up with him and view his showroom.”
Visiting Batley for the first time, Dame Zandra said: “Some of the old mill buildings looked delightful in the hilly surrounds; I also envisage it is a great place to walk around.
“I know all about Fox’s biscuits and it’s great to know they are based in Batley. I also enjoyed a traditional Indian meal, which was lovely.”
Dame Zandra then led a question-and-answer session for staff and students at Kirklees College, also organised by Zak.
He said: “I wanted to give the students of Kirklees College the opportunity to meet a fashion legend, as I think they can really learn from her rise to stardom and the hard work it takes to get to the top.”