17 Oct A Rose By Any Other Name
The show covers both a broad range of historical periods as well as more current fashion cycles and includes both womenswear and menswear. It’s abundantly clear that the rose has been, and continues to be, a great source of inspiration and originality in textile and fashion design.
One of the most impressive displays of this inspiration can be seen at the start of the show. A glassed-in, octagonal structure features hats sitting atop jagged metal “stems” as if in full bloom. Covering the late 1800’s through the 1970’s, there are myriad designs for all seasons in all manner of shape and adornment, from a simple piece of satin shaped into a bud to piled-on, explosive-sized petals encasing a wide brim picture hat.
Inside, the exhibition is no less heady with roses covering garments in all kinds of ways, whether through embroidery, beading, applique, lacework or textile print.
The display design is beautifully executed as it showcases the clothing perfectly. Wooden painted arbors evocative of a rose garden enclose various sections, each focusing on a particular symbolic meaning of the rose such as innocence, passion, moody darkness or decay. Projected images of roses overlay written quotes on the walls to complete the scheme.
The show additionally proves that floral influences encompass men’s garments just as much, with delicate rose designs on a mid-1800’s waistcoat to an audacious print on a contemporary trench.
FIT has done a splendid job of curating a collection of garments that show how the rose, in all its colors and incantations, has been a muse to designers—sparking imagination, ideas and endless stimulation of creativity. An ancient flower, its beauty is undeniable and the impact it has on clothing—timeless.