Accessing Course Texts During COVID-19

Learn more about the actions Yale University Press is taking.

The Rose in Fashion


Amy de la Haye

View Inside Price: $45.00

October 27, 2020
240 pages, 8 1/2 x 10 1/2
228 color + 38 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300250084

Published in association with The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York

An exploration of how the rose—the most ravishingly beautiful and symbolic of flowers—has inspired fashion over hundreds of years?

The Rose in Fashion: Ravishing is a fascinating exploration of how the rose has inspired the way we look, dress, feel, and fantasize. It foregrounds innovative, refined, and challenging fashion design from elite 18th-century woven silks to the latest gender-neutral catwalk trends and Alexander McQueen rose dresses. Drawing upon fashion clothing, everyday dress, millinery, fine jewelry, perfume, and artificial and fresh roses, multiple expert contributors make reference to love, beauty, sex, sin, gendered identities, rites of passage, transgression, degradation, and death. This sumptuously illustrated book also includes a contribution and stunning images of roses by visionary photographer Nick Knight. Wild yet cultivated, savage yet delicate, this flower has remained an enduring symbol perhaps due to its versatility and the dichotomies it represents.

Amy de la Haye is professor of dress history and curatorship at London College of Fashion and joint director of the University of the Arts Centre for Fashion Curation.


The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
(September 10, 2020–January 5, 2021)

Exhibiting Fashion

Before and After 1971

Judith Clark and Amy de la Haye with Jeffrey Horsley

View details

The Making of a Museum

Judith Clark; With contributions by Caroline Evans, Amy de

View details

Art and Identity

Edited by Amy de la Haye and Martin Pel

View details