A Fashion Review-Horticulture and Natural History
|Swash and a bit of natural history|
Before delving into my fashion sense, I will have to make the correction that horticulture is technically included in the natural history branch. The reason I wrote them out separately in the title is because I have always wanted to write something with the word "horticulture" in it. Perhaps a better and more elaborate post at a later time (hint-a film review not exactly on science). The first time the word became a part of my personal vocabulary was upon watching Orlando, a film by Sally Potter based on a Virginia Woolf novel. In which there is a very funny line about bringing horticulture upon the embarkment of Orlando's first journey to the East as suggested by his (before he turned into a woman) political advisers.
Recently, I find myself utterly taken away by these beautifully crafted printed scarves by a British design duel called Swash. They are by no means newcomers in the fashion world. In fact the label established itself dating back to 2002. The team consists of two Central Saint Martins graduates, Sarah Swash and Toshio Yamanaka. Their prints have been prevalent in pillow designs, furniture upholsteries, iPhone cases and a few other collaborations such as with the Spanish shoe company called Camper.
The versatility of these carves is as far as one's own imagination takes. Each scarf's approximate size is 53" x 53" (135cm x 135cm) for the crêpe de chine ones, and 51" x 83" (130cm x 210cm) for the cotton blend ones which consists of 70% fine cotton and 30% silk. With these over-sized textile pieces, they can be worn as shawls or draped around to the effect of a medium sized capes that come down to just below your breasts depending on your height of course. Also, they can be worn as necklace-like accessories and more like traditional scarves around the neck.
|Swash cotton blend|
Albertus Seba-Le Cabinet des Curiosités Naturelles
|Swash and a bit of natural history II|
|Swash crêpe de chine|
|Le Cabinet des Curiosités Naturelles|