The Rose in Fashion Ravishing Amy de la Haye

Publication date:
08 Sep 2020
Yale University Press
240 pages: 267 x 216mm
228 color + 38 b-w illus.
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An exploration of how the rose—the most ravishingly beautiful and symbolic of flowers—has inspired fashion over hundreds of years

The Rose in Fashion: Ravishing is a fascinating exploration of how the rose has inspired the way we look, dress, feel, and fantasize. It foregrounds innovative, refined, and challenging fashion design from elite 18th-century woven silks to the latest gender-neutral catwalk trends and Alexander McQueen rose dresses. Drawing upon fashion clothing, everyday dress, millinery, fine jewelry, perfume, and artificial and fresh roses, multiple expert contributors make reference to love, beauty, sex, sin, gendered identities, rites of passage, transgression, degradation, and death. This sumptuously illustrated book also includes a contribution and stunning images of roses by visionary photographer Nick Knight. Wild yet cultivated, savage yet delicate, this flower has remained an enduring symbol perhaps due to its versatility and the dichotomies it represents.

Amy de la Haye is professor of dress history and curatorship at London College of Fashion and joint director of the University of the Arts Centre for Fashion Curation.

The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
(Opens August 6, 2021)

“In this beautiful book, Amy de la Haye…explores the long history of the rose in fashion, from Ancient Egypt, where fresh roses were worn as accessories, to modern catwalks.”—Ciara Dossett, Daily Mail

“This book is astonishing in its breadth, presenting both a valuable reference point for anyone interested in the enduring appeal and power of the rose, and an excellent resource for students and designers alike.”—Ellen Sampson, Journal of Dress History