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Stories Behind the Scarves: 1. The All Over Slipper Scarf

Posted on October 26 2018

Stories Behind the Scarves: 1. The All Over Slipper Scarf

The All Over Slipper scarf is a piece dyed square scarf with frayed borders; it uses the jacquard technique to represent the design of a large slipper surrounded by smaller slippers all over.
The scarf takes its inspiration from one of the most iconic neon signs of the 1950s Las Vegas Strip: the one for the Silver Slipper Casino, which was known for its rotating slipper that sat atop the casino. Closed down for cheating in 1958 shortly after its opening, the casino was then bought by a paranoid millionaire who feared the rotating Slipper sign may have a camera set inside spying on him; he had the sign light turned off and the mechanism dismantled (and the slipper filled with concrete!).

In 2009, the Silver Slipper sign was restored and is now part of a display of vintage signs in the median along Las Vegas Boulevard North.