Even in its philanthropic causes, Hermès continues to create magic with its design. Not that it surprises us. The latest design from the French fashion house is a collaboration with Panthera, the global wild cat conservation organization (founded in 2006 by Tom Kaplan and his wife Daphne Recanati Kaplan), to honor the work of wildlife artist Robert Dallet and raise awareness for eight species of big cats: Tiger, Lion, Jaguar, Snow Leopard, Leopard, Cheetah, Cougar and Clouded Leopard.
The fierce and fabulous Hermès Exceptional Silk Scarf: Carré Couture will feature Robert Dallet’s original sketches as reference. Eight artists worked in tandem to transpose the design to twenty-four individual printing frames which was then used to transfer the images onto silk twill at the Hermès atelier in Lyon, France. The entire engraving process took 1,400 hours of handwork. Following that, they were hand-embroidered with glasswork pearls, crystals and emeralds.
The initiative will include a presentation of Fierce and Fragile: Big Cats in the Art of Robert Dallet at The Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut from January 10 to March 13, 2016 where 75 of Dallet’s paintings, drawings, and sketches will be presented by Hermès and Panthera. The fashion brand will also unveil six hand crafted one-of-a-kind objects to be auctioned off by Sotheby’s during a gala dinner on January 8, with proceeds directed toward the Robert Dallet Initiative for Wild Cat Conservation.
The scarf’s retail price was marked at $48,000, but will be sold to the highest bidder at the gala event.
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