The Man Who Amassed 10,000 Vintage Scarves (and Wrote a Book About It)

“It’s a bit of fashion, a bit of design, but I see it more like a book about paintings,” said the author, Benoit Pierre Emery.

This article is part of our Design special section on how looks, materials and even creators evolve.

LONDON — When Benoit Pierre Emery bought a silk Christian Dior scarf from the 1970s for about $30 on eBay in 2001, little did he realize it would be the seed of a collection that would grow to more than 10,000 pieces over two decades and lead to a book to be published later this year.

A self-professed lover of graphic design, Mr. Emery, 52, is a graduate of the

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