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Fortuny Rose

Fortuny Rose taught by Arlene Baker

The brilliant Mariano Fortuny was born into a family of renowned artists in Granada, Spain in 1871. In 1897, Fortuny met his muse, Henriette Negrin, in Paris. They later married. Fortuny entered the fashion industry in 1907. With his wife's unremitting support, his business flourished. Fortuny's garments were both elegant and versatile, and he became known for an intricate texturing process that, to this day, has remained secret withing the factory's walls.

Fortuny pleating was my inspiration for the texturing process you will learn in this flower workshop; in tribute, I named my ribbon rose after him.

For more information about Mariano Fortuny, and photos of his most famous garment, the Delphos gown, visit

In this workshop, elegant vintage French wired ribbon is first textured and then manipulated with simple hand sewing to resemble a full-blown rose. A profusion of stamens set under a segmented "berry bud" center and a leaf with a hand-rolled edge add sophisticated design elements to this lavish flower. A fabric covered medallion finishes the back of the flower. 

Class Time: 1 session, 6 hrs

Maximum class size: 12 people

Supplies needed: ** Supply list will be sent via email after registration

Prerequisites: Threading a needle and basic hand stitching

Fee: $75



Later Event: March 20
Open Sewing Night