The Hermes Scarf
A style icon. Worn by royalty and celebrities. Coveted and admired. Avidly collected. This deceptively simple square of silk is much more than just a fashion accessory: this is legend.
See The Cowgirl's collection of Hermes scarves on display in the Museum, including several pieces illustrated by Texas artist Kermit Oliver, the only American's work ever to be chosen for a scarf.
Since the first scarf made its debut in 1937, the House of Herme`s has produced more than two thousand different designs. From the classic scarves that embody the Herme`s tradition to the wildly imaginative stylings of contemporary designers, the House is always forging new paths and yet is never afraid to take a fresh and often witty approach to its own heritage.
A scarf is not the work of a single individual; at each stage of its creation, talent and craftsmanship combine to create a work of art. These qualities shine through in the illustrations, by turns playful and poetic, which lead the reader into a richly colored world with a multitude of motifs. They range from the equestrian themes that are internationally associated with the Herme`s 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.
Nadied Coleno, author.