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Damien Hirst for Alexander McQueen

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Since its first appearance in Alexander McQueen’s Irere Collection back in 2003, the iconic skull scarf has become a signature item in the fashion house’s accessory line.

With the help of British artist and fellow skull enthusiast, Damien Hirst, the house has launched a 30-piece limited-edition scarf collection to commemorate its 10th anniversary. Both McQueen and Hirst share an aesthetic which combines symmetrical design with strong references to the natural world.The line is inspired by Hirst’s Entomology series (2009-2012), and the designs feature various insects and butterflies in kaleidoscopic, symmetrical shapes in addition to the signature skull imagery.

To accompany the collection, McQueen commissioned photographer Sølve Sundsbø to create a haunting short film featuring one of the silk scarf motifs. Female figures move in slow motion wearing dresses decorated with patterns from the collaboration, the materials billowing around them asthey move, rippling from the breeze.

The much-anticipated collection is available in chiffon, pongé, twill and cashmere. If you’d like to own a little piece of history, head to the Alexander McQueen boutique at Bal Harbour where you can find the entire collection--while it lasts. And we won't blame you if you choose to frame and not wear one of these gorgeous scarves.

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