At 100, Rose Cherubini finds the spotlight — again

At her Wareham home, Rose Cherubini displays a photo of one of the dresses she designed. At top is a 1951 portrait of Cherubini by Charles Lidbergh.
At her Wareham home, Rose Cherubini displays a photo of one of the dresses she designed. At top is a 1951 portrait of Cherubini by Charles Lidbergh.Credit: Debee Tlumacki for the Boston Globe (above)

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Aren’t you going to tell me I look younger than 100?” asked Rose Cherubini. “That’s what everyone tells me.”

Cherubini, a designer now long retired, does indeed look younger than 100, her dark hair punctuated with a shock of white up the center.

Some of the names and dates escape her as she chats about her 60 years designing for weddings and formal occasions, but she has no problem recounting her rise: from the girl in Somerville who started making dresses for herself to opening an exclusive bridal boutique on Newbury Street. At the time, prices for her bridal gown could stretch upwards of $5,000.

“What she did at the time she opened her first shop was pretty much unheard of,” says her son Julian. “This was a woman in 1947 starting her own business. It was a complete novelty.”

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