Catalogue | Wild & Cultivated: Fashioning the Rose
The rose and fashion are inextricably entwined. Roses, like fashion, are a luxury and they are ephemeral. They are both ‘shown’ seasonally, their appeal is multi-sensorial, and they each incite passion and obsession.
The Garden Museum’s spring/summer 2022 exhibition explores the use of roses in fashion from the Victorian era to today, with designs from Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy, Ashish and Comme des Garçons amongst other historic and modern collections.
This accompanying catalogue written by Amy de la Haye (dress historian, writer and curator) Simon Costin (set designer, writer and curator) explores how throughout history artists, designers and writers have explored this fragrant flower and its deterrent thorns (technically they are prickles) – a conjunction of opposites – to draw out illusions to love, beauty, death, gender and sexuality, sin, and rites of passage.