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Kahn & Bell are British fashion and wardrobe designers Jane Kahn and Patti Bell, who were once described as the Vivienne Westwood and Zandra Rhodes of Birmingham.

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Patti Bell was asked to style Duran Duran for the band's "Planet Earth" video with a budget of £500, and chose the shirts the band wore with large ruffles that took about an hour to iron. The B-side track "Khanada" is reported to have been written for Jane Kahn, while Patti Bell became the cover girl on the album Only After Dark, which Nick Rhodes and John Taylor compiled with their favourite club music from their Rum Runner period which also features in the Duran Duran Unseen book by Paul Edmond.

Comments from Nick Rhodes[]

When we started the original line-up in 1980, the first thing we thought about was "OK, how are we going to present ourselves?" We wanted it to be something we were comfortable with. Once we started experimenting with different clothes at the time, we found Kahn & Bell. They were two girls, Jane Kahn and Patti Bell, the two most exquisite looking peacock girls in all of Birmingham. You saw them 10 streets away; they had such a huge charisma. Once we started wearing all the clothes from that period that they were making, it felt natural, and our identity developed from there. - Nick Rhodes, May 2008