Gucci’s iconic Flora scarf as Cole & Son wallpaper
Once upon a time, in 1966 to be exact, there was a man named Vittorio Accornero. Vittorio, a skilled illustrator, was summoned by the House of Gucci to create a scarf; but not just any scarf, a magical scarf with “an explosion of flowers” that would be a special gift for the lovely Princess Grace Kelly.* Vittorio worked and worked and when he returned with his design it was a masterpiece fit to be printed on silk, and worthy as a gift for a princess. It would be called the Flora scarf and would soon be used in a wide range of garments, purses, and jewelry so that every girl could feel like a princess.
This is the stuff dreams are made of, like, a grown-up version of unicorns and rainbows, but this one is REAL.
Gucci’s Flora Scarf $415
Okay, so fast-forward to this year’s Milan Furniture Fair where Wallpaper* magazine hosted their annual Handmade exhibition in which designers and brands are commissioned to create concept pieces to be featured and possibly make their way into production. In an epic collaboration between Gucci and Cole & Son wallpaper of London, the Flora scarf (resurrected by Gucci’s creative director Frida Giannini in 2006, slightly reworked and recolored) was reborn as wallpaper! The most beautiful, whimsical, fantastical wallpaper ever to be created.
Originally the scarf for Princess Grace was printed using a special technique similar to silk screening where 40 separate colors could be printed on the silk and not bleed. Now a standard practice today, the wallpaper was printed in a similar fashion with 16 different screens at Cole & Son’s north London factory. Let’s hope this makes it into production!!
You may recognize my other favorite Cole & Son wallpapers
Image via Charlie and Caroline’s Blog.
*Historical information from The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed
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