The carnation's resurrection

This Ancient Greek goddess is blooming again
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Good news for carnation lovers: this classical beauty is back! More popular than ever, she is part of the Traditional Sentiment style trend, conquering flower vases and red carpets alike. With her sensual appearance and divine symbolism the carnation is not only influencing leading fashion designers, but also our ideas about femininity and growing older.

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Stylish comeback

Anyone who looks at paintings from the Renaissance will see women and goddesses with carnations everywhere: in ancient Greece this flower symbolised ultimate femininity because of its vulnerable but strong appearance, ragged leaves and subtle colours.

But like so many popular things, the carnation suddenly fell out of favour. For a long time she sank into the background and appeared to be supplanted by the peonychrysanthemum and ranunculus. Luckily that’s changed, and this classical beauty has made a stylish comeback, like a Greek goddess being resurrected. She inspires young women and leading fashion designers and above all she’s changing our view of growing older. The carnation is utterly hot again, and that makes us happy!


The carnation’s botanical name, Dianthus, is derived from the Greek word Dios, which means God. It’s no surprise that she is therefore also known as the ‘divine flower’. Fashion designers love to be inspired by the carnation’s layering, airiness and serrated edges; the result is an innovative fashion trend centred on skirts with ruffles, soft colours and blouses with unusual sleeves. That might seem a bit sweet, but it mainly looks airy and feminine: just like carnations fanning out in the spring.


Can't get enough of this beautiful flower? Roll up your sleeves and make this DIY bath salt with carnations, begonias and roses, or dive into the kitchen for this wonderfully fresh labneh with olive oil and carnationsYou can also find more inspiration by following our social media channels on FacebookInstagram and Pinterest.