Working on Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose Scarves means we all did a bit of research into (er…shopping for!) vintage scarves. The history of scarves is rich, the designs are varied (and sometimes a bit odd, which are my favorites!), and there is certainly plenty of “scarf eye candy” online. Here is a sampling of juicy scarf closeups from the collection of Library Fashionista on flickr – a little Vera, some Liberty of London, and, of course, some hot air balloons. And for more about her collection, here’s Edith:
I started collecting vintage clothing in the mid-1980s. Originally I would pick up vintage silk souvenir scarves – some of my collection favorites include a scarf from the 1939 New York World’s Fair and a Pendleton Roundup scarf (the Pendleton Roundup is a very old rodeo held in Pendleton, Oregon). In the past few years I’ve had a marvelous time collecting Vera Neumann scarves. Unlike most scarf artists who were anonymous, there have been several books about Vera in the past few years, and, of course, seeing her signature when picking through a pile of otherwise bad polyester scarves at a thrift shop is instant gratification. The scarves I covet most are from Liberty of London. I’ve only come across a handful over the years, but they absolutely send me over the moon. Scarves can be clever, romantic, beautiful, cheeky, and pieces of art in their own right, so it’s easy to become addicted.
Do you have a fabulous scarf collection? Feel free to share your links in the comment section!
(Interested in adding some Vera to your scarf stash? Comment on Nathalie’s post for a chance to win!)
1. Central Park scarf, 2. Vera Op Art scarf, 3. Opera audience scarf detail 1, 4. Liberty of London detail 1, 5. Square pattern scarf, 6. Purple scarf with circles, 7. Balloon scarf detail, 8. 1952 Liberty of London Scarf Detail, 9. Carnival scarf detail 1, 10. Key scarf detail, 11. Brigadoon scarf detail 1, 12. Caribbean scarf