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Tie It On: Unique Museum Scarves to Liven Up Your Wardrobe

Based on original works of art, these fashionable new scarf designs from The Met Store will add pattern and interest to your ensembles

Whether you prefer long, wrap-able oblongs, chic silk squares, or natty neckerchiefs, we’ve got a Met scarf (or two) just for you—ready to add color and style to your summer look.

A new shape at The Met Store, our cheery Japanese Floral Long Skinny Scarf (below) is easy to loop around your hair, neck, or bag. This narrow scarf’s lighthearted floral design was adapted from a 19th-century Japanese robe, which boasts vibrant hues and spirited decoration typical of the bingata dyeing technique of Okinawa. The lustrous garments that resulted were traditionally reserved for royalty and the elite.

Japanese Floral Long Skinny Scarf

Perfect for a wedding or garden party, our sophisticated Butterflies oblong (below) in soft modal is adapted from color plates in Papillons, which was published in Paris about 1920. Emile-Allain Seguy (French, 1877–1951) created highly original pattern designs in Paris from 1900 to 1925, spanning the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods. He published his vivid, stylized motifs in 11 lavishly hand-stenciled albums, such as this one featuring beautifully detailed butterflies.

Butterflies Scarf

Produced exclusively for the spring 2019 Costume Institute exhibition Camp: Notes on Fashion, this bold patchwork silk square (below) celebrates camp’s exuberance with a pop of pizzazz. Wrap it, tie it, or toss it around your shoulders—our only–at–The Met Store bandana pattern features tongue-in-cheek symbols associated with camp, including a fig leaf, heart, winking eye, and other vivid motifs.

Camp Bandana Scarf

Wildflowers take center stage in this ethereal, 100% silk twill square scarf (below) inspired by Field Book of Western Wild Flowers, a 1915 book by Margaret Neilson Armstrong (American, 1867–1944). From 1911 to 1914, she journeyed through the western United States and recorded her botanical findings in more than 500 drawings published in this book. Each flower on the scarf honors an original watercolor drawing.

Wildflowers Scarf

As a complement to the popular exhibition Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll, we created this bright silk twill neckerchief (below). The original graphic design is by Bonnie Maclean (American, born 1939), whose psychedelic posters are now in American museum collections.  Made to advertise a July 1967 rock concert at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, it showcased the Yardbirds, the Doors, James Cotton, and Richie Havens. Wrap it around your head or loop it through your belt for a touch of avant-garde 1960s style.

Psychedelic Poster Neckerchief – Image © Bill Graham Archives, LLC

Another Asian-inspired design, the Qing Leopard Scarf (below and at top) recalls a late 18th–early 19th-century Chinese silk rank badge. Beginning in the 14th century, such ornate decorative embroidered squares were sewn on the garments of Chinese government officials to indicate their rank; during the late Qing dynasty, the fanciful leopard indicated the third military rank. The rich tones of this best-selling 100% silk twill square will add color and pattern to your look.

QIng Leopard Scarf

Finally, celebrate July Fourth with our patriotic silk neckerchief featuring a New York City icon: Lady Liberty by Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi. This fun, stylish accessory reproduces an original Pellerin sheet (1880–1900) in The Met collection. Pellerin, a French printing firm, was renowned in the late 19th and early 20th centuries for colored lithograph construction sheets sold as toys. The sheet was printed around the same time that the famous gift from France was dedicated in New York Harbor.

Statue of Liberty Neckerchief

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