Behind The 'Dalmatian' Scarf
The 'Dalmatian' scarf sprung from the first idea that I had after deciding that I wanted to design a scarf collection. Keeping an eye out for inspiration, I spotted dalmatian foxgloves on a walk home and my thoughts instantly started churning.
You see, foxgloves were the original idea as the main subject for this scarf's design. I already loved their distinct, dynamic shape, and the charming spattering of little dots gave them that extra oomph where I felt they become something truly worthy of centering a design concept around.
To flesh out the idea, I started brainstorming other speckled things in nature, imagining that I would create an elaborate "bouquet" celebrating all things speckled in each corner, continuing it around in a border surrounding an abstract, spotted pattern.
However, for whatever reason I started my image research with dalmatians and the rest of the list went out the window. I have very rarely seen dalmatians in my life and truthfully had never given them much thought, but the moment I began perusing images of them for source material I was instantly struck by how innately chic they are. I knew that they were bold, graphic, and dynamic enough to carry the whole scarf—the other elements would just get in their way.
Deciding on an athletic dog like a dalmatian immediately opened up another door: the rich history of hunting artwork adorning classic square, silk scarves, many of which either include or solely feature sporting dogs. Most famously, this look is quintessentially Hermès, and I gathered research there.
...and there are many more examples. Due to the graphic nature of dalmatians being one of the main elements that appealed them to me as a subject, I was especially intrigued by the more simplified renderings found in some of the Hermès designs; I kept this in mind when choosing a rendering style for my own paintings.
The final piece of the puzzle was color selection. As you can see on my inspiration board, I landed on a very preppy, classic palette of tan, black, and white—in my mind epitomized by the Burberry trench—which I felt was the perfect accompaniment to the dalmatians' sporty elegance.
I hope you feel as taken with the dalmatians as I do—I can't help but feel that the lean, sinuous lines of their form coupled with the striking contrast of their graphic spots could chic up almost any look.