Many parts of modern fashion were created with a purpose, for example, straw hats serve the purpose of blocking the sun. “And while scarves also share a practical purpose (for the most part, as a way to keep your neck warm), those of the silk variety—luxuriously smooth to the touch and light in weight—really serve no other function than to complete an outfit.”
Dating back to 350 BC, the scarf has always been elegant and high-class. Nefertiti, the Egyptian Queen, wore woven scarves as her headdress. By 10 AD, the scarf took the role of a sweat cloth, orsudarium, for Roman men. Although the Chinese empire used scarves to denote rank, it wasn’t until the 17th century that silk scarves really became a symbol of high status. Highly ranked soldiers in Croatia wore silk, and other Coratians used cotton.
In 1810, scarves became a fashion statement. Beethoven is the first person credited in an effort to attract Austrian musician Therese Malfatti with his put-together outfit (Pic - Getty Images)
Queen Victoria wore a silk scarf as she took the throne in 1837 to note her nobility and the luxury of the crown. 100 years later, Hermes introduces their first scarf, made with imported Chinese silk, designed by Robert Dumas, who was a member of the Hermès family. Since then, Hermes has produced over 2,000 scarves. Because Hermes is such a luxurious brand, scarves became a huge hit. Even Queen Elizabeth wore them like a uniform, and as you know, she still swears them as a headscarf. (Pics -Vanity Fair,Town and Country)
Scarves were introduced to the big screen when Audrey Hepburn starred in Breakfast at Tiffanys“When I wear a silk scarf I never feel so definitely like a woman, a beautiful woman.” Audrey Hepburn.
After her, fashion icons used the scarf to effortlessly add glamor to their outfits. In the 70s, head wraps were the new trend to compliment the free spirited attitude of the decade. Scarves became bolder and more vibrant in both pattern and color.
The Alexander McQueen skull scarf was iconic in the early 2000s, bringing scarves back to the fashion scene. (Pic - Alexander McQueen)
By 2018, silk scarves were all over the runway. Designer Demna Gvasalia used the classic scarf as tops and skirts. This began the rebirth of the silk scarf that we know and love today. After the pandemic became a reality of our day to day life, face coverings became a safety protocol, and many brands started creating their own face coverings and masks for their consumers. Scarves are a fashionable way to stay safe in the pandemic.