Danish model Laura Julie styled by Columbine Smille and photographed by Andreas Sjödin.
What’s more versatile than a square-shaped piece of fabric? We celebrate the scarf, one of the most iconic accessories in fashion history.
THE STORY BEHIND IT
Few – if any – pieces of clothing carry as much symbolism, history and cultural importance as the scarf. The item is said to derive from the Roman Empire where it was used as a cloth to keep clean and dry off sweat – thus not serving any higher (fashion) purpose at all. We can easily trace plenty of origins to the scarf since after all it’s just a, ehrm, square of fabric, but for now we’ll save those stories for another time (never). During the circa 1500 years that have passed since the Roman Empire’s decay, the scarf’s importance in society and culture has risen steadily. It has and still does serve as a religious symbol, political icon and way of showing military distinction.
It was in the 1800s that the scarf was introduced as a fashion item after being manufactured by famous French fashion Maisons. At that time the item was often an ultra-luxurious accessory, coming in an ornate pattern and being made from pure silk. Over decades of claiming its place as an indispensable accessory in womenswear, the scarf has appeared in all materials, shapes, colours and patterns – from luxurious French versions in rich colours and soft fabrics to low-priced plain ones in rayon.
Accessible fashion was born in the 20th century and it was during this period that the scarf became what it is today – an item both men and women can wear to any occasion. One of its most loyal promoters is iconic rock star Stevie Nick who is famous for her billowing silhouettes and fringes, which she often enhanced through hanging a scarf over her shoulders or tying it on her head.
Model is our Danish crush Laura Julie (Le Management). Hair by Lok Lau (CLM) and makeup by Anya de Tobon (LinkDetails).