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Exhibition: Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion — Closes

November 28

dress with roses on the front
Charles James, debutante dress, 1937, USA, Gift of Mrs. John Hammond, 77.89.3.

August 6–November 28, 2021
Special Exhibitions Gallery

Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion presents the first socio-cultural examination of the rose in fashion. This flower can be dated back over 3 million years, and its broad geographic sweep is entwined with stories of trade, immigration, politics, religion, gender, food, beauty, and identity. It has been worshipped and reviled, and it is inextricably linked to perceptions of love. Not surprisingly, this delicate and fragrant flower—as well its sharp thorns—has provided endless inspiration for artists, writers, and designers. The rose has greatly influenced the form and decoration of apparel, jewelry, and fashion imagery.

Ravishing will explore the significance of the rose in fashion and dressed appearance from circa 1750 to the present. More than 75 objects will be selected for their historic and aesthetic significance in addition to their broader symbolic, socio-economic, and geo-political importance. The exhibition is curated by Amy de la Haye, Rootstein Hopkins Chair of Dress History and Curatorship and joint director of the Centre for Fashion Curation at London College of Fashion, and Colleen Hill, curator of costume and accessories at The Museum at FIT.

This exhibition is free and open to the public. 


Special Exhibitions Gallery, The Museum at FIT
Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City, NY 10001 United States
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The Museum at FIT
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