Anaïs de Contades Paris is reincarnating the silk scarf. The “maison d’art à porter” is founded on the artwork and creative life of prodigious, 21 year old contemporary poet, artist and muse Anaïs de Contades. It is her way of creating works of art that her collectors can wear.
Anaïs great painting creations can be seeing through silk which are mounted on stretchers as a canvas. “I’ve always wanted to wear my silk paintings,” declares the artist. Anaïs uses exceptional quality inks and silk that are specifically adapted for scarves, making the scarves ready to be worn. Unlike other scarves on the market, these scarves are as individual and unique as her works on paper and canvas. They are the “haute couture” of scarves. They are priced as her other artworks and each is accompanied by a signed certificate of authenticity. The initial collection is limited to 50 works worldwide; so the prices will likely increase due to demand and rarity.
Anaïs de Contades, from a family of French aristocrats, is an “atypical rebel”. She has been independent since she was 14 years old when she began creating poetry and artwork. Just a few years since she began, her work has already been recently acquired by one of the most important international art collectors. Being completely autodidact with a path out of the ordinary, it’s not surprising that she has created something innovative and unique in the current art and luxury markets.
“Two well-known Parisian luxury brands wanted to commission me to create scarves based on my artwork, but I chose to do it my way,” says Anaïs. Instead of creating yet another fashion brand, she preferred to launch my own “`maison d’art” so that she could be completely true to the themes of her oeuvre: free-spiritedness, contemporary romanticism, the beauty of eroticism and human connection. She believes that a wearable work of art is an original way to share her creations outside of her atelier or a gallery.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen something truly exciting in this accessory. For most brands, scarves are a secondary thought. For Anaïs, a scarf can make any outfit extraordinary from casual jeans and t-shirt to a little black cocktail dress. Her innovative approach is certain to challenge the classic “carré” which has gone unchanged for decades. This new maison is sure to make an impact given the growing interest in contemporary art over the last few years.