Saturday, February 7, 2009

The Best-Dressed Scarf in Paris

I love vintage souvenir scarves. They're affordable, add shots of color and pattern without being overwhelming, and often bear designs so skilled and charming it's a shame not to hang them on the wall.

A favorite of mine is this chrome-yellow silk scarf, from eBay. It shows about 175 sketched dresses, coats, suits, and gowns, all different, the silhouettes appearing to date to the late 50s. The names Balmain, Schiaparelli, Dior, Rouff, and others run across the garments. As it's unsigned, it would take a fair bit of research to dig out the scarf's background (or a kind commenter to come to the rescue).

Is it deliberately evocative of Louis Slobodkin's jacket for the 1944 children's classic, The 100 Dresses? Maybe, maybe not, but like the book's young heroine, I also like to imagine that I own all of them.

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