This is the Hermes scarf inspired by the Dallas art collectors. Click through the gallery for more.
Hermès is famously particular when it comes to selecting sources for its limited, highly exclusive partnerships and collaborations. Case in point? For a bag designed in your name, you must be the caliber of Grace Kelly or Jane Birkin. Apple, arguably the world’s most sought-after company for tech gadgets, worked with the French fashion house on an ultra-chic version of its Apple Watch; and when it comes to its coveted, collectible scarves, Hermès confines its design partnerships to the art world’s finest, with German artist Josef Albers, French artist Daniel Buren, Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto and others having lent their work to the silk accessories in very limited editions dubbed Hermès Editeur.
On the subject of scarves: This week, Hermès debuts its latest design collaboration — and it has a Dallas bent. The Parures de Samouraïs silk twill scarf features an extraordinarily detailed design by artist Aline Honoré — a frequent designer for the company. The motif takes inspiration from the suits of armor, ornamental details, floral motifs, and clan coats of arms worn by medieval Japanese samurai warriors, during the 14th to 18th centuries.
At the center of the scarf is a beautiful suit of armor. This ensemble is not the result of a brilliant imagination. Rather, it is an illustrated replica of one of the many Edo-period garments in stunning bronze, iron, gold, leather, silk, and lacquer from the private collection of samurai armor assembled by Dallas art collectors Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller.
The Barbier-Mueller’s collection, with its nearly 1,000 pieces, is the largest of its kind in the world — and its Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection is housed in the Harwood district at the historic St. Ann’s School. To pay homage to fine art and craftsmanship, we can think of no more perfect pair than Hermès and the Barbier-Muellers.