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Published September 3rd 2016
A Must Have for a Fashionista's Bookshelf
The Art of the Scarf is a handy reference book for fashionistas about ways to use scarves written by Libby Vanderploeg, who also illustrated the book with beautiful modern designs.
This is a small book which won't take you long to read, so I can imagine you would place it near your scarves and refer to it when you need to. There is a small introduction and a list of places around the world where you can buy scarves. I was interested to find out that some scarves are hand painted and will run if you throw them in the washing machine.
The hero of the book is the two to three pages of instructions on how to tie each scarf pattern. This includes one page of the end result and step by step instructions with an illustration for each point. There are thirty tutorials ranging from beach-ready outfits using a large sarong to winter warmers using a cosy pashmina. You can hide your bed head with a statement head wrap or a pretty halo.
Throughout the book are stories about scarf icons – these are famous people who have rocked the scarf in their own unique way. These scarf icons include Greta Garbo, Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn, Frida Kahlo, Jacki O, Erykah Badu, Kate Moss, Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin.
The Art of the Scarf would make an ideal gift for your fashionista girlfriend, female relative or fellow staff member. Rather than wrapping the book in gift paper, you could use a silk scarf and wrap it up in the furoshiki (Japanese scarf gift wrapping) method.
Libby Vanderploeg is an illustrator and designer living in Greepoint, Brooklyn. She grew up in Michigan on the edge of the Great Lakes dunes in the little town called Grand Haven. She has worked for Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Boston Globe, Design*Sponge, Time Out, Conde Nast Traveler, SELF, Eater, Epiqurious, Fine Cooking, Food 52, Tasting Table and SW Basics. Her work comes out of her deep affinity for storytelling, music, letterforms, printed ephemera, and wildlife. None of her works could have been made without the world's finest brioche and several good cups of coffee.