Article: The timeless glam chic touch of the scarf
The timeless glam chic touch of the scarf
The scarf is an extremely versatile garment: it can be worn around the neck, on the head and even as a top, giving free rein to creativity . Furthermore, there is no specific season to wear a silk scarf; it can be used all year round and is suitable for any type of event, from business to the most glamorous celebration.
The term "foulard" comes from the French "foular" which means "fulling". This expression indicates the actual processing that is needed to make the fabric compact and resistant . However, the origins of the scarf date back to China, where statues from 1000 BC representing this object have been found.
Later the scarf became an appreciated and widely used garment also by peasant women to cover their heads from the sun while working in the fields. And so, the handkerchief folded into a rectangle and fixed on the hair becomes part of such a characteristic and picturesque image until it becomes the subject of numerous works of art , so much so that the peasant women began to take better care of their appearance hoping to be taken as models for some paintings.
Over the years, around 1900, the scarf began to be used to distinguish the social status of the wearer through the refinement of the material and decorations that defined the preciousness of the garment . The scarf thus becomes a distinctive element and conquers a place in the history of costume.
But it was in the 1950s and 1960s that the scarf became a real must-have thanks to the many movie stars and important personalities of the time who acted as true testimonials for this refined pure silk object. True icons of this fashion were Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Catherine Deneuve and the first lady Jacqueline Keenedy Onassis who often sported it on her head tied under the chin, combined with splendid sunglasses. The scarf trend also affected many artists such as Henri Matisse and Salvator Dalì who immortalized it in their works .
The scarf thus becomes an art form full of meaning, the medium that transforms the inspirations of the past and revisits them in a modern key, giving new life and shape to what has influenced modern culture and the history of costume over time.