Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A Little Bit of Hermes Fashion History For You

I'm certainly not a fashion historian by any means, but I ran across this fun fashion fact today and thought that I would share :) Did you know that on this day in 1937 Hermes changed the fashion world forever by introducing a line of scarves celebrating their 100th anniversary? I do not own a Hermes scarf (yet!), but I love admiring their beautiful colors and patterns. Each one is a work of wearable art, for sure!

Some other fun facts:

  • Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Onassis, Grace Kelly, and Catherine Deneuve were collectors of Hermes scarves.
  • The silk scarves are each made from 250 mulberry moth cocoons.
  • The motifs are "drawn from history, mythology, flora, fauna, war, peace, global culture and (but of course) the realm of the horse." (Guardian, Nov. 21, 2009)
  • In the 1950s, the Queen Elizabeth II of England wore a Hermes scarf on a British postage stamp. She is still a fan of the scarves today :)
 (images via Google)

Anything else that you would possibly want to know about Hermes scarves, you can most likely find in the book The Hermes Scarf: History & Mystique by Nadine Coleno. Looks like a very colorful read!

(image via Amazon)

(Sources: Guardian, Nov. 21, 2009 / Fashion History Page a Day Calendar by Workman Publishing Company)