Queen of Sheba - Blue Silk Scarf by Natalie B Coleman
The NatalieBColeman Dubin- based label has created this limited edition collection: 3 styles of silk scarves,only 10 of each exist. These have been commissioned by the National gallery of Ireland to celebrate the original trailblazer, rule breaker, Lavinia Fontana.
Digitally printed & inspired by The Visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon, we have taken amulets from the painting & re imagined them into rebellious colourful emblems. Ero's, a symbol of love, hidden in the crown, is depicted as Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt & Moon. Embroidered patterns, precious stones, & jewels are taken from the luxurious fabrics & along with bejeweled heads & paws that were used as charms and fashion accessories are refashioned into scarf borders that have a beautiful hand rolled finish. ornate clocks, hunting dogs, and historical fertility symbols are subverted into punk representations of femininity and power.
Natalie B Coleman is a native of the Republic of Ireland. By 2007, she was studying at Central Saint Martins in London for her MA Fashion in Womenswear under the tutelage of the late Louise Wilson.
In 2011, Natalie set up a studio and launched her eponymous label. Her collections play on feminine silhouettes with humorous and sometimes subversive illustrative prints and motifs.
In that same year, Natalie published an Archive with renowned graphic designer and academic Paul Bailey. This book was specially commended at the Best British Book Design and Production Awards and was bought by London College Of Fashion as part of their permanent library.
The label has been developing a strong feminist rhetoric that now informs the collections. This narrative is coupled with opulent fabrics, appliques, whimsical hand beaded and hand painted surface decoration.
In 2013 Natalie became the first Irish designer ambassador to Microsoft. This is an exciting role for the label bridging innovation and technology with fashion
Material; 100% Silk Crepe
Size: 1 metre 40cm by 1 metre 40cm