Vera and Calder

If you follow my blog or know me, you know that I love all things Vera (Neumann). She was one of the most prolific designers and artists whose textiles helped inspire my love of collecting and fabric design. Awhile back I read that Vera was close friends with the artist Alexander Calder. They were such […]

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Fantasy Flora

  I recently saw images from the Valentino Spring/Summer 2017 fashion show and was intrigued by the unusual designs of palm trees and cacti. Turns out these prints and embroideries were created by Zandra Rhodes for Valentino. Valentino’s designer Pierpaolo Piccioli commissioned Rhodes to design prints based on Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights.” […]

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La Mendola

  This is another case of finding a vintage scarf that leads me to learn about an amazing fashion line I had never heard of before: La Mendola. I was drawn to the bold jungle colors of this parrot scarf at a thrift store. Researching the signature from the bottom corner led to discovering that […]

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Leopardo

    I found this epic scarf at an estate sale in my neighborhood recently. Lately I have been going to more of these sales – it’s always fun to get a glimpse into someone’s home and see how they lived. And in my neighborhood there are some great old houses that have amazing features […]

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Bohemian Wanderlust

  Sometimes a scarf conjures a mood. For me this one recalls images from the 1970’s of terribly chic women lounging on a yacht in Greece or on the French Riviera. Sexy, hedonistic and carefree. A little Lauren Hutton, Talitha Getty and Jerry Hall all in one. The simplicity of the batik-like artwork is lovely […]

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Butterfly Patterns

I scored this vintage Gucci scarf a couple of months ago – love it! I think it is from the 1970’s. Featuring a grid layout of different butterflies, it is a riot of colors and patterns.     It got me to thinking about other great patterns of butterflies on fabrics, wallpapers and in fashion. […]

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Vintage Hermes Scarf

This delicate chiffon scarf is by Hermes. I haven’t been able to identify the artist or designer but it is a sweet spring vignette of birds and frolicking squirrels.

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Giorgio di sant’Angelo

I found this scarf by fashion designer Giorgio di Sant’Angelo at the recent Vintage Fashion Expo in Los Angeles. The colors grabbed me as did the graphic design. I was familiar with the name Sant’Angelo but really knew nothing about the designer or his work.   Sant’Angelo was an American fashion designer born in Italy […]

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Celestial Patterns in Home Textiles and Fashion

I came across this scarf when I visited my mother last Christmas. It was my father’s but I had never seen it before. My dad was rather debonair and had a few silk handkerchiefs and scarves but I don’t remember him wearing them much in my day – he probably did more often in the […]

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Peacock Feather Patterns

“Hera” is one of the most iconic fabric designs of all time but also in the history of Liberty of London. The pattern was designed in 1887 by Arthur Silver. The name “Hera” is derived from the Greek goddess whose favorite animal was the peacock. Liberty acquired the design from Arthur Silver’s studio and has […]

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