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Published:  23 July, 2008

Fashion icon/victim Zandra Rhodes is pictured with a bottle of 1996 Veuve Clicquot Vintage Reserve at the launch of The Fashion and Textile Museum in Bermondsey, south London. Apparently, the other business of the founder of the House of Clicquot, Philippe Clicquot, who started trading in Champagne in Reims in 1772, was textiles. Clicquot's son, Franois, later married Nicole-Barbe Ponsardin and took over his father's commercial activities in 1801, with the emphasis on Champagne production. A few years later Nicole was widowed and took over the company, creating the famous Veuve (Widow) Clicquot of today. John West, MD of Veuve Clicquot UK, said: Clicquot is proud to be the Champagne toast at the launch of this tribute to textiles and design. It brings together the two businesses about which Philippe was passionate. Weaving colours and textures into a finished and flawless fabric has much in common with the care and eye for detail that goes into creating the finest Champagne. We still have our own colourful cloth today for Veuve Clicquot. It complements the twin signature colours of Zandra.'