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No. 34 Sugar Skull Scarves

In fashion, every day can be your day of the dead.

My first exposure to sugar skull scarves was through designer Alexander McQueen. His scarves hit the runway in 2003. Always a decade behind every fashion week, I bought my first knock off in 2014 for ten dollars. I now own three -- one in navy blue and brown, one rose and black, and one in red and black. I wear them every day during the fall and winter.

My supervisor at work wears them.

“Alexander McQueen's scarf is cut from smooth silk-chiffon and hand-stitched along the edges. The perfect length to wrap around your neck or the handle of a tote, this lightweight piece is printed with the label's logo and signature skull motif. We think it's as chic now as when it debuted in 2003.” -- Net-a-Porter

A bit of sugar skull history:

"On November 1st, to celebrate the Día de los Angelitos, miniature sugar calaveritas are placed on altares to represent the deceased children they’re honoring. On November 2nd, they’re replaced with larger versions to honor older deceased relatives. The production of sugar skulls actually began in Mexico in the 17th century, when abundant supplies of sugar were used to produce inexpensive versions of church decorations."-- Culture Trip

When I see someone on the street wearing one, or they see me, we usually stop and chat about why we love them so much -- they embrace our punk esthetic, they are a way to celebrate our loved ones who have passed, and who better to remind us all to be who we are then provocateur, Alexander “I want to empower women. I want people to be afraid of the women I dress.” McQueen.


Cocking, Lauren (2017 February 9) Everything You Need to Know About the Sugar Skull Culture Trip

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