Jean-Louis Dumas & Hermès scarf, style icons
Worn by royalty and celebrities, coveted and admired, and now avidly collected, this deceptively simple square of silk is much more than just a fashion accessory: it is the stuff of legend.
Since the first scarf made its debut in 1937, the House of Hermès has produced more than two thousand different designs.
The book – The Hermès Scarf: History & Mystique – explores this lavish history through a sumptuous selection of scarves chosen from seven decades of creative innovation, from the classic designs that embody the Hermès tradition to the wildly imaginative stylings of contemporary designers.
A scarf is never the work of one individual; at every stage of its creation, talent and craftsmanship combine to create a handfinished work of art.
These qualities shine through in the sumptuous illustrations which lead the reader into a richly coloured world packed with a multitude of motifs.
From vibrant opulence to subtle harmony, every scarf conveys a mood and every one tells a story.
Those stories are now brought together in a book that will delight longtime aficionados and win a host of new admirers for this symbol of timeless elegance.
Author: Nadine Coleno
Picture Researcher: Isabelle d’Hauteville
©Edition du Regards, Paris 2009 ©Hermes, Paris
video: How Hermès silk scarves are made