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“An essential accessory to luxury lifestyles…has symbolized twentieth century beauty wealth and fantasy since its creation in 1937” (Coolhunting)

“You can almost feel the cool, smooth squares of silk flowing through your fingers as you turn the pages of Nadine Coleno’s chic coffee table tribute to Hermès. You can’t help but pick your favorites” (Veranda)

“A must-have for any fashionista’s bookshelf…filled with page after page of gorgeous photographs” (Hamptons)

“This glossy tome grants access to seven decades of Hermès styles…and the imaginative women who loved them” (Phoenix)

“A must have for Hermes devotees, collectors, and those in pursuit of iconic fashion.” (Vanity Fair)

About the Author

Nadine Coleno is a French author and editor whose books include works on fashion, jewelry, contemporary art, and architecture.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (July 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500515182
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500515181
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 1.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By TS555 on June 30, 2010
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Granted, in the "Foreword", no less than Mr. Pierre-Alexis Dumas says "It is not an exhaustive catalogue of the two thousand or so different designs; after all, why pin down butterflies when you can set them free to fly?". Nevertheless, I was a bit disappointed by the book, as lovely and beautiful as it may be.

Even if it didn't feature ALL two thousand+ designs, it would have been nice to see a bit more than what's chronicled in the book, and it doesn't seem to provide a concrete reason/rationale as to why those particular designs were selected over others.

None of the pictures or the visuals of the scarves come with notations/references. To figure out what's been shown, you have to go to the back of this not-so-tiny book and read through pages 291 ~ 300. A bit awkward and annoying to say the least.

It's a shame since clearly a lot of effort went into designing this good looking publication. I would love to know if there are other books that better chronicle the designs, even if it means a metaphorical capture of those butterflies.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Maggie Keats on December 30, 2010
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While the cover is striking and the sheer heft was promising, this book was ultimately very disappointing. Some of the text was interesting and informative but it is not presented in a reader-friendly way. I would have been interested in knowing more about the individual designers who contributed to Hermes's scarf oeuvre through the decades, their inspiration, whether their designs were commissioned or self-conceived. I would have been interested to know the company's selection criteria. Most of all, I would have liked to have seen MORE SCARVES! Obviously, presenting all 2000 designs in the canon would be an impossible task but rather than show some of the less interesting contemporary designs over and over in different colorways, one per page, and wasting pages on color blocks with no scarves, I would love to be able to refer to more of the designs. Overall, so disappointing. These scarves really are art. They deserve a superior showcase.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven Broadhurst on January 3, 2012
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Well put together if unexciting volume of sample designs from Hermes collection of Carre scarfs.
Not a comprehensive collection but many good designs chosen.
More for design students than a coffee table book.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By chalouni cecile on July 1, 2010
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I am not a fan of hermes, so I got surprised to receive this book as a present. In fact it was an excellent surprise,; the designs of the scarves are beautiful, original, full of imagination, sometimes witty,or classic- lot of details to enjoy. An extra information regarding the making of the scarves, their design origins would have been welcome.
Overall a great book for anyone who likes design and the variety of references and styles.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 8, 2012
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This is a lovely book on the Hermes scarves. The art work and overlays are wonderful, but as a collector of Hermes Jacquard scarves it was a huge disappointment. Absolutely no mention of that subset of the scarves silk-screened on silk that is itself intricately woven with tiny images that often reflect the overall scarf design. What a disappointment!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Giulia on January 4, 2011
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It's an amazing book, I think it's a big art book! All fashion students and all fashion lovers must have it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JaggerNY on April 16, 2014
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I've wanted this book for ages however it has always sold out before I got a chance to purchase it. Not this time ! Everything about this book is beautiful from the dusk jacket to its contents. This book does a great job of telling the story of one of the most elegant fashion statements in history. Great conversation piece.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss JAcqueline on September 3, 2012
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No complaints.. Beautiful book to add to any collection. Funny enough though out of all of my Hermes scarves only 1 was in there out of the many. Which means I have a plethora more to find.
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