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Livestream Lecture | Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion

Roses—and the savage thorns that protect them—have long been the subject of symbolism and myth. 

This flower can be dated back over three million years, and its broad geographic sweep is entwined with stories of trade, immigration, politics, religion, gender, food, beauty, and identity. It has also influenced the way that we dress.

The significant inspiration that roses have provided to fashion designers is the subject of a forthcoming exhibition tracing rose motifs in spectacular and innovative fashions from the eighteenth century to the present. The exhibition will open in 2021 at the The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (MFIT) in New York. Join Colleen Hill as she explains the process of co-curating the exhibition with Amy de le Haye from the London College of Fashion.


This virtual lecture is presented live via Zoom. The online "waiting room" opens at 6 p.m., and the lecture will begin at 6:30  p.m. Participants can submit questions via the chat feature.
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Colleen Hill (she/hers) is curator of costume and accessories at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (MFIT). She holds an MA in Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, and Museum Practice from FIT and is currently a PhD student at London College of Fashion. Since joining MFIT in 2006, Hill has curated or co-curated more than a dozen exhibitions. She has also authored or co-authored six books on fashion (including The Rose In Fashion: Ravishing) and contributed to numerous other publications.

V. Buso, stiletto pumps, circa 1960, Italy. Photograph © The Museum at FIT

V. Buso, stiletto pumps, circa 1960, Italy. Photograph © The Museum at FIT