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The Hermès Scarf

History & Mystique

Nadine Coleno


A glorious insider’s view on Hermès’s richly coloured world


The Hermès scarf is a style icon. 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. This book 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, the House is always forging new pathways and yet is never afraid to take a fresh and often witty approach to its own heritage.

A scarf is never the work of a single 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, by turns playful and poetic, which lead the reader into a richly coloured world packed with a multitude of motifs. they range from the equestrian themes that are internationally associated with the Hermès brand, through French history and the natural world to global cultures.

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.

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 24.4 x 24.4 cm

Extent: 304 pp

Illustrations: 292

Publication date: 16 November 2009

ISBN: 9780500515181

About the Author

Nadine Coleno is an author and editor whose books include works on fashion, jewelry, contemporary art and architecture.