New York based artisan and designer Rose Berger does not fit into the role of a traditional fashion designer. While her metal mesh dresses & halter tops are labor intensive and intricate as a lot of couture houses, she does not work with traditional modes of jewelry design or dressmaking. She works with metal chain links, jump rings and rubber O rings. Her work for all intensive purposes falls into the spectrum of functional and wearable art.
Rose's love of jewelry stems from the role it plays in propagating aesthetics while being an intricate vehicle for all human cultures. And that underlying realization prompted her to create designs that are more than just accessories – they are “wearable art” pieces, functional by design but philosophically close to a performance statement. In other words a form of functional couture.
So it is no surprise that Rose's work comes highly recommended from the runways of New York Fashion Week and has been featured in Vogue Mexico, British Vogue, British GQ and House of CoCo UK.
Since 2005 Rose's main focus has been on designing handmade sterling silver jewelry, body chains and unique statement jewelry & headpieces from different types of metal. She found a certain sense of levity and love in chain mail. The process of taking just one small metal ring and connecting thousands of them together for her seemed cathartic and intriguing. The dresses Rose designed for fashion week are made with metal mesh and chains. What it means is that all of these dresses are bespoke. And it is worth pointing out that sometimes this process takes about a month or more to produce a single piece, and such labor-intensive work can only be labeled as couture by any rational standard.
Her holistic approach to creating each piece is deeply rooted in her own identity as a silversmith and a jewelry designer. And as a designer, as she dissects her own methods and finds what is right for her own creative expressions, she is creating a set of work that holds as strong as the metals they are made from. And the timelessness of her philosophy translated into her creative expressions bodes exceptionally well for Rose Berger and her unique creations.