The exhibition at FIT will be open in New York until November 28
[On the cover: V. Buso, stiletto pumps, circa 1960, Italy. Photograph © The Museum at FIT]
The exhibition Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion, open August 6 through November 28 at The Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) in New York, is a socio-cultural study of the role of the rose in fashion. The flower is more than three million years old, and its vast geographic range is intertwined with stories of beauty, politics, religion, food and gender identity. Venerated and reviled, the rose is intimately linked with our perception of love, so it is only natural that the flower should be a source of inspiration for artists, writers and designers, influencing the form and decoration of clothing, jewellery and fashion images. The exhibition explores the significance of the rose in fashion since 1750, presenting more than 130 items of clothing and accessories (including hats) chosen for their socio-economic and geo-political implications, from luxurious 18th-century embroidered silks to the latest gender-neutral trends from today’s catwalks.
Rose Mift – Charles James