The Sapphic Meaning Behind Violets for Charlotte

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As Pride Season continues throughout the world, Rose Red Memorandum is proud to present Violets For Charlotte. This very special series, beautiful hybrid cousin of our Heirloom Rose series and our Ribbon Embroidery special set, was inspired by the film Ammonite, which is loosely based on speculated sapphic romance between Mary Anning (a Victorian palaeontologist) and the wife of geologist Rodrick Impey Murchison, Charlotte. In a specific scene, Charlotte is presented with a handkerchief embroidered with violets by Mary.

Ammonite (2020) - IMDbStill from Ammonite (2020)


According to an article on the University of Washington Botanic Gardens website, violets are flowers that have been associated with lesbianism since the 6th century, during which time Sappho would include imagery of these in her poetry. Since this time, violets symbolising WLW love have been used in many modern works, including Ammonite.

Hand Embroidered With Love

The Violets for Charlotte skirts were designed with comfort and elegance in mind, and are available in three unique designs lovingly hand-embroidered by Hann Sutcliffe, each garment sewn and hand-finished by our designer Katherine Rose.


 The outer fabric is 100% organic cotton, meaning it’s gorgeously breathable for hot summer weather. It can be dressed up for more elegant EGL looks, or worn more casually.

Additional items in this release are the Charlotte Garden cutsew, designed to frame the beauty of the embroidery on the skirt, made from the same 100% organic cotton material as the Violets for Charlotte skirt. Bow and rectangle headdress hair accessories will also be available in this release to finish off the look. 


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This release will be available from 6pm BST TODAY - so make sure to set your alarms as these items are sure to not stick around for very long! Best of luck in snagging one of these gorgeous pieces - let us know in the comments/on social media if you manage to get your hands on one!


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