e are lucky enough in this country to have access to some magnificent stately homes, many containing the most outrageous baroque architecture.
Drawing heavily on nature, 17th Century craftsmen, loved to decorate every spare bit of space with elaborate iron, plaster, or carved wood, often gilding it as well. Visitors to these houses at the time could have been left in little doubt as to the wealth of their owners. Although viewed through our modern eyes, it must have been a little akin to living in a wedding cake, much of this work is now weather worn and faded; even so it still manages to conjure up the elegance of its forgotten age.
I have used some of these beautiful examples of craftsmanship to create my “baroque” design. Lifting separate elements from their surroundings, I re-gilded them then, laid them over a ground of tarnished and gilded duck egg blue paint. I have chosen the more delicate silk crepe de chine for this design because it gives the scarf a more ephemeral feel. Once again the 64cm x 190cm proportions mean that it can be worn both as a floaty evening shawl, or scrunched as a summer scarf. Finished with a hand rolled hem.