This scarf celebrates, as do a number of other HERMES designs, France’s most prominent monarch, His Majesty, King Louis XIV.
The Sun King, or Louis the Great, ruled France from 1643 until his death, 1 September 1715, making his monarchy the longest in European history. Under his rule France was involved in three major wars and established itself as the leading power in Europe.
Louis XIV moved from Paris to Versailles and transformed the once modest hunting lodge into the spectacular chateau we know it as today.
It became both his primary residence and his seat of power.
Before Louis’ reign, French aristocrats imported their fashions from Spain, purchased their lace in Venice and their silk in Milan. Louis changed everything from architecture and furniture to jewelry and fashion. During his reign he made France the leader in Luxury and has been credited to give birth to Haute Couture.
Jean Bérain the Elder was the chief designer and artist for Louis’ court. He oversaw everything from entertainment to furniture design.
In her scarf, Carrousel, Christiane Vauzelles features a beautiful horse with a harness that would make Berain and even His Majesty, the Sun King himself, approve.
Hermes has issued numerous scarves celebrating Louis XIV and here a couple more – enjoy