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Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion Symposium

model in a full length red dress that has surface ruffles that appear as roses

Noir Kei Ninomiya, ensemble, red wool, resin-treated faux fur, nylon, spring 2020. Photograph © Noir Kei Ninomiya, photograph courtesy Comme des Garçons.

Friday, April 30, 2021
10am – noon EDT

Online – YouTube Premieres

This virtual event was The Museum at FIT’s 24th academic symposium. Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion explored how the beauty, mythology, and symbolism of the rose have long influenced fashionable dress. Rose: it's a flower, a color, and a scent. It's in fairy tales and design. This flower has become integral to art and culture.

Speakers included Amy de la Haye, professor at London College of Fashion and cocurator of the exhibition; Jonathan Faiers, professor of Fashion Thinking at Winchester School of Art; Colleen Hill, curator at MFIT and cocurator of the exhibition; Nick Knight, founder of SHOWStudio; Mairi MacKenzie, research fellow at Glasgow School of Art; and Elizabeth Way, assistant curator at MFIT. 

Watch the talks on YouTube

The symposium was organized in conjunction with the book and exhibition Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion, which will open in 2021.


Symposium Schedule

Friday, April 30, 2021
10 am-10:30 am EDT
Amy de la Haye, "Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion: Objects, Narratives, and the Making of an Exhibition"
YouTube video
10:30am-11 am EDT
Jonathan Faiers, "Ordeal by Roses"
YouTube video
11 am-11:30 am EDT
Colleen Hill and Elizabeth Way, "Rose Motifs in the Collection of The Museum at FIT" 
YouTube video
11:30 am-12:00 pm EDT
Nick Knight in conversation with Amy de la Haye
YouTube video
12:00 pm-12:30 pm EDT
Mairi MacKenzie, "Capturing and Contextualizing Roses in Perfume"
YouTube video