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.


Jean-Louis Dumas: Businessman who transformed Hermes into one of the world’s leading luxury brands

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Author: Nadine Coleno

Picture Researcher: Isabelle d’Hauteville

©Edition du Regards, Paris 2009 ©Hermes, Paris

video: How Hermès silk scarves are made

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