Rhodes, who opened her first store in London in 1967, has been called "the princess of punk" and was made a Commander of the British Empire for her contributions to fashion. Her Magic Flute costumes were her first foray into opera, created for San Diego Opera in 2001. She writes about desiging costumes for opera ON HER BLOG.
A few of her Magic Flute designs:
The "Pa-pa-pa" duet from the Act Two finale, in Dallas:
And here's an interview with Rhodes, made in the San Diego Opera costume shop, as her Magic Flute costumes were first being created: