It’s ironic, but true — designer Ashley Rose (@ashleyrosecouture) can’t remember the last time she put on a costume for Halloween. “Even as a kid, I didn’t really do Halloween. I was always more fascinated with what other people were wearing.” A little more than five years ago, the 28-year-old from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, made her first corset dress on a form and posted a picture. “That was the motivation that I needed to keep doing it,” she says.
Ever since, Ashley has been experimenting, collaborating with other artists and musicians and “making it up as she goes” with her sometimes-surreal, sometimes-macabre and always beautifully intricate dresses, jumpsuits, headpieces and more. Specific places inspire her designs — abandoned theaters, haunted Victorian houses — and her current collection is based off a home in Philadelphia; fairy tale meets circus, she describes it. What will she be doing on Halloween this year? “Passing out candy, and going to a party that I’m not dressing up for.”
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