In the latest installment of our Designer D.I.Y. series, the designer embroiders a lover’s hankie.
At a time when everyone is isolated at home, nervous about spending money and without an occasion to dress up, what can we do to help you pass the time?
Styles has started a series of print-and-keep D.I.Y. wardrobe customization ideas, similar to the sewing patterns that glossy magazines used to provide. We want you to remember the joy of fashion and learn (or remember) how to make things at home. Some of fashion’s best-known creative talents will be on hand to guide you through the process.
“During my mom’s Mexican youth, girls used to embroider their boyfriend’s initials on a handkerchief with their own hair,” Rick Owens wrote in an email from Paris, where he and his wife, Michele Lamy, live. Though hair can be a disconcerting substance when not attached to one’s own head, it has a rich history of use as a memento mori, used through the ages by artists, hobbyists, fetishists and smitten teens.
“I loved that story,” Mr. Owens said. “So I asked my mom to embroider a handkerchief with her hair for me.”