Silk Scarf as Power Accessory; Rosie the Riveter Revisited

by Mary DeArment May 23, 2016

Pairing scarves with powerful, capable women is nothing new, as this tribute to Rosie the Riveter attests. The worlds of wealth, influence and fashion recognize the power of the scarf; Fortune Magazine in 2015 wrote an article entitled Are scarves the new 'power' accessory for women?  with a striking photo of International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde.

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Other than their silk scarves, what do these women have in common? Independent spirits and individuality. Directed to put their hands on their hips and take a stance of empowerment, they spontaneously presented five unique responses. Here is one interpretation of their body language, from front to back (with the scarf color):

  • Interactive Poise: I am my own woman and glad to interact with you. (blue)
  • Sensible Caution: I stand squarely on my own two feet, waiting and evaluating the situation. (fuschia)
  • Vigilant Intelligence: I am here, checking out the context beyond my group. (green)
  • Friendly Confidence: I'll get it done and keep everyone smiling. (gray)
  • Creative Power: I will succeed, with my own creativity and initiative. (purple)
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Rosie the Riveter, initially part of a campaign promoting women in the WWII workforce, has come to represent the working woman and economic equality for women.

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Dressed for function, showing her muscle, and looking at the camera with an "I can do it" attitude hearkening back to the original text, "We can do it," these 21st century Rosies still speak to us.

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Incredibly, in 2016, women are still paid significantly less than men.

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Scarves are powerful accessories because they are practical, versatile and timeless--facts known to women like Christine Lagarde, Empress Josephine and Lauren Bacall. (All referenced in the the Fortune Magazine article.)


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A bit more about Mary DeArment

by Mary DeArment June 21, 2017

I am a prolific and fast designer so I meet every design challenge with confidence....I am insatiably creative, constantly designing and thinking deeply about what matters to me and the world, so that my word choices are meaningful and personal. FAMILY, DANCE, HUMOR, THE ARTS, TRUST and THINK are some of my favorites.
Mary shown here in limited edition Earth Soul scarf with homegrown nasturtiums. Sarasota, FL, 2015

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Scarf as Travel Accessory: Practical, Memorable and Personal

by Mary DeArment May 23, 2017

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Mary DeArment Forges Strategic Partnership with VIDA, Harnessing the Power of the Internet and Digital Printing to Democratize Art Through Fashion

by Mary DeArment April 21, 2017

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“Millennials have something to say” so entrepreneur Mary DeArment, in unity with her client base, provides unique word-based art expressing personalization, connection and deep-rooted values. Fashion designer DeArment responds to political shifts, new production methods, changing demographics and emerging technology, creating new word-art products, available through collaboration with VIDA, a globally-minded company that uses technology to bridge distance and bring together artists and producers.

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