#5 Golden issueInterview

For the love of
 flowers & fabrics

For the love of
 flowers & fabrics

A white space, a patchwork of colours, unique fabrics that come from far far away, old frames and new design, and a passionate love for all that has a story. Raptus and Rose is a brilliant vintage fashion atelier created by the lovely and super talented Silvia Bisconti. Each of her dresses is unique and has its own story, personality and name. Her breath taking flowery combinations of colors and patterns dazzle your mind and imagination_______.

Which flower reminds you of your mother?

“The small, light and full of thorns roses remind me of her, the ones in the garden which my mother cultivated in our country house. I remember that I was always wandering why they were so small but she liked them so much and when I look at them now I think: here they are, my mother’s roses.”

What’s your favourite flower store?

“The flower shop in Milan whose name is “Il Fioraio”. It reminds me of the time when I was living there and going in that place was like entering the Paradise; ruined walls, strange and beautiful flowers and a very strong scent. I remember that there were two or three small tables where you can drink tea and eat small pastries... it was like a beautiful dream.”

‘IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HUGE HALL, THERE WAS THE MOST ECCENTRIC FLOWER COMPOSITION I HAVE EVER SEEN... JASMINES AND ORCHIDS FORMED A FLOWER SCULPTURE WHICH EMANATED A CRAZY SCENT.’

Plantcast

Garden Roses
Anthurium ‘Danielle’

What’s your most memorable installation with flowers?

“I remember the first time, many years ago, I went into the legendary Imperial Hotel in Delhi. In the middle of the huge hall, there was the greatest, the most incredible, the most eccentric flower composition I had ever seen... Jasmines and orchids formed a flower sculpture which emanated a crazy scent. Since that time on, the scent of jasmine has been reminding me instantly of that extraordinary image and I link it with my beloved India.”

Do you grow your own flowers?

“In the garden and on the terrace of my atelier English roses grow, which are of all my favourite flowers. Unfortunately I myself do not cultivate them, it is a gardener who takes care of them. But I smell and look at them as often as I can, because they make me happy.”

What are your favourite bedroom flowers?

“I often go for a walk in the woods or along the river close to my home and I like to gather small and different wild flowers. When I come back these flowers turn into my favourite flowers which have to be put on the night table beside my bed.”

In what other way do you use flowers?

“During my summer journeys I find nice flowers along the way, I dry them out inside my guidebook which I am traveling with and when I come back home I put them inside the pages of a small notebook, which has become my small herbarium.”

Whats your favourite vase?

“I like when I can have lots of bunches of flowers, each of them very different from the other, and I like using vintage vases, each of them different as well, which I buy all around at Antiques Street Fairs. A small flower forest on the big table of my kitchen.”

Which flower reminds you of your mother?

“The small, light and full of thorns roses remind me of her, the ones in the garden which my mother cultivated in our country house. I remember that I was always wandering why they were so small but she liked them so much and when I look at them now I think: here they are, my mother’s roses.”

What’s your favourite flower store?

“The flower shop in Milan whose name is “Il Fioraio”. It reminds me of the time when I was living there and going in that place was like entering the Paradise; ruined walls, strange and beautiful flowers and a very strong scent. I remember that there were two or three small tables where you can drink tea and eat small pastries... it was like a beautiful dream.”

‘IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HUGE HALL, THERE WAS THE MOST ECCENTRIC FLOWER COMPOSITION I HAVE EVER SEEN... JASMINES AND ORCHIDS FORMED A FLOWER SCULPTURE WHICH EMANATED A CRAZY SCENT.’

Plantcast

Garden Roses
Anthurium ‘Danielle’

What’s your most memorable installation with flowers?

“I remember the first time, many years ago, I went into the legendary Imperial Hotel in Delhi. In the middle of the huge hall, there was the greatest, the most incredible, the most eccentric flower composition I had ever seen... Jasmines and orchids formed a flower sculpture which emanated a crazy scent. Since that time on, the scent of jasmine has been reminding me instantly of that extraordinary image and I link it with my beloved India.”

Do you grow your own flowers?

“In the garden and on the terrace of my atelier English roses grow, which are of all my favourite flowers. Unfortunately I myself do not cultivate them, it is a gardener who takes care of them. But I smell and look at them as often as I can, because they make me happy.”

What are your favourite bedroom flowers?

“I often go for a walk in the woods or along the river close to my home and I like to gather small and different wild flowers. When I come back these flowers turn into my favourite flowers which have to be put on the night table beside my bed.”

In what other way do you use flowers?

“During my summer journeys I find nice flowers along the way, I dry them out inside my guidebook which I am traveling with and when I come back home I put them inside the pages of a small notebook, which has become my small herbarium.”

Whats your favourite vase?

“I like when I can have lots of bunches of flowers, each of them very different from the other, and I like using vintage vases, each of them different as well, which I buy all around at Antiques Street Fairs. A small flower forest on the big table of my kitchen.”

What do you think is the most memorable fashion show with flowers you’ve ever seen?

“I remember an R&R event for Orticola, the most important plants and flowers fair which takes place in Milan every year. On the girls' heads, who were dressed in Raptus and Rose clothing, we had built small, miniature and very high gardens made of flowers and fresh leaves. The girls became living vases.”

What flowers made you cry?

“There is a very small blue flower named forget-me-not, which I found in my grandparent's garden when I was a child, I remember that that name touched me so much that tears came to my eyes, because I imagined unbelievably romantic stories related to that flower... even today, when I see it I am moved a little.”

I’m in love with flowers because...

“I think that my love for flowers was born together with me, I have liked flowers crazily since ever. Since now there is no happy moment in my life without flowers yet. They are absolutely essential in my life. I would never do without them.”

What kind of flowers do make your children happy?

“My sons grow up always seeing bunches of roses inside a vase in the kitchen. Every Saturday at the flower market my husband buys a bunch of roses and I think that my sons will always associate roses with our kitchen and I wish that makes them feel happy forever.”

Which flower symbolizes a highlight in your life?

“The most beautiful and unexpected rose I found on my car seat when I was starting for one of the most special journeys of my life.”

Text
Rosanne Loffeld

Photography
Silvia Bisconti, Raptus & Rose, Monia Merlo

‘THERE IS NO HAPPY MOMENT IN MY LIFE WITHOUT FLOWERS YET. THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL IN MY LIFE_______.’

Text
Rosanne Loffeld

Photography
Silvia Bisconti, Raptus & Rose, Monia Merlo

A selection from Silvia’s timeline, @silviabisconti_raptusandrose