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Brief Published: 2 Aug 2011

Rachel Rose Silk Separates


New-York based designer Rachel Rose creates one-of-a-kind silk separates by hand painting with ink to create unique prints. After studying fashion design at Florida State University, Rose launched her eponymous made-to-order line in 2010 as a response to mass-market fashion.

The collection currently consists of silk tees and dresses for women. They are stretched over a wooden board, like a canvas, in order to apply the dyes and inks by hand to create the distinctive patterns. The collection started when Rose dropped ink onto silk as an experiment – a technique that resulted in the Rorschach-style prints synonymous with her deigns.

Sustainability is key to the brand. Rose uses environmentally friendly acid-based dyes on sustainable silk, while the packaging is made from recycled or recyclable materials. The pieces are available to buy on the Rachel Rose site and Etsy, with prices starting at around $68 (£41).

By Rachel Rose