Jean Desses designed this vintage 1960’s colorful and striking print silk scarf. Jean, who was born Jean Dimitre Verginie in Egypt to Greek parents in 1904, had originally thought to pursue a career as a lawyer. But in 1925 he decided to abandon his studies in the field of law and move to Paris to work for a couture house, Maison Jane. By 1937, Jean had opened his own fashion salon where his designs were greatly influenced by his travels that were extensive especially after WWII. A number of soon to be famous designers worked with Desses in the 1950s such as Valentino and Guy Laroche (the latter actually worked as an assistant to Jean Desses). The Duchess of Windsor was among Jean’s numerous and well known clientele. In 1963, Desses retired as a result of his deteriorating health and moved to Greece where he opened a small fashion boutique. He continued to operate this salon until his death in 1970. Interestingly enough, renewed interest in his fashions occurred in the 1990s and this sparked personalities such as Naomi Campbell, Renee Zellweger and Jennifer Lopez to wear Desses designs for gala events.
This vintage 1960s silk scarf is somewhat stunning because of the brilliant Red Orange flowers set against a rather demure Forest Green background. Definitely an optic print design! This fine quality silk scarf has a hand rolled hem.
Condition: Very Good
On the left side of the scarf in the red orange border in the area just below the first flower there is a faint spot and the silk is very slightly discolored. And on the same side just below the second flower in the green silk there is a very small snag that created a very tiny pinhole in the silk. This is extremely hard to see in the photos but the pull is visible when you actually see the scarf and the pinhole can be seen when the scarf is held to the light.
Label: Jean Desses, Paris
(The designer’s name is incorporated into design and is seen at the bottom center of the scarf.)
And, there is a white label sewn to the back of the scarf that reads: Soie Made in France
30 1/2” x 30 1/2”
This seller is a proud member of The Costume Society of America (CSA) and The Vintage Fashion Guild (VFG).