We recently watched the film Casino Royale and couldn’t believe the amount of feathers that were used in the costume designs. From Natural White Coque Tails to luxurious Ostrich Floss and Boas; Ursula Andress as Vesper Lynd embodies the Look of Love in the ultimate spy spoof of all time; Casino Royale 1967 .
Here are some of our favorite movie stills featuring the stylish Vesper Lynd in her feathered best. We especially love the Ostrich Floss Feathered turban and Natural White Coque Tail Feather caplet she wears.
Watch the music video from the film below. “The Look of Love“ was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song (1967).
Home is where this Heart is this Valentine’s Day. Express your love and fall head over heels with these handcrafted Wild at Heart Feather Wreaths. With several different ways to use feathers and feather products…the possibilities are endless! Be sure to also check out our past Valentine’s Day DIY tutorial here.
Begin wrapping the ribbon around the heart wreath. We used 3 yards total for the larger wreath. This will vary depending on the size of the wreath. When you get to the center of the heart cut the ribbon and glue the end onto the wreath. Repeat this step on the opposite side of the wreath until it’s completely wrapped.
Cut feathers to desired length. The length you trim off the feather may vary depending on the size and style of the wreath.
There are several fun & different ways to arrange your feathers. On our larger wreath we glued the feathers down in a tight color coordinated pattern.
On our second smaller wreath we chose to flip the feathers up and glue them down in a loose color coordinated pattern. Using push pins can be handy to help hold your feathers in place as you are assembling.
As a finishing touch, you can glue a feather boa to the back of the wreath to add a little flare.
Last use a push pin and some glue to attach a loop of ribbon to make a hanging tie at the center of the wreath.
We’ve grouped a few fun and simple inspirational Mardi Gras Feather Headdresses for you. Let’s us help you get parade ready… Fat Tuesday is on February 9th!!!
Let’s start by showing you a few simple ways to dress up a simple headband. You can mix and use ostrich, rooster coque tails, goose biots and peacock if you like. The Feather Place carries a great selection of package feathers for you to get your creative juices going. You’ll need a handy glue gun and a plastic headband and feathers. You may also add a Fleur D Lis embellishment.
2015 had it’s fair share of fashionable and fresh feathered moments. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and check out our favorites in a Year in Feathers.
JANUARY : Dynamic Duo – Meriç Canatan and Fatosh Erhuy are London and Cologne based designers who use feathers to create wearable fashion pieces. Together they have worked to create the ready to wear “birdy” accessory line which includes pheasant feather fascinators, headbands, guinea feather bowties and plumed scarfs.
FEBRUARY : Carnival & Mardi Gras is one of the few times during the year where the upper, middle and lower class come together in one place to splurge on themselves with marvelous feather costumes making their fantasies come true.
MARCH : Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty is a re-staging of his wildly popular 2011 NYC retrospective which showcases 244 designs created during his 18 year career.
APRIL : From Coachella to Burning Man, festival fashion just wouldn’t be the same without feathers adorning someone along the way. Whether you’re tapping into your inner hippie, gypsy, or rocker, there really are endless ways to uniquely stand out and personalize your look with feather accessories.
MAY : This Memorial Day 2015 – In Honor of Abraham Lincoln, The Feather Place is proud to have helped in commemorating the 150th Anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination and funeral with a historic reenactment of his final trip from Washington DC to Springfield IL.
JUNE : On “Saturday, June 27, Los Angeles’ Hollywood Blvd. miraculously transformed into a Grand Carnival & Street Extravaganza with parade-goers and masqueraders dressed in vibrant, breathe- taking [feather] costumes dancing to pulsating rhythms of Calypso, Soca, Reggae, Zouke, Latin, Punta, Meringue, Mariachi, Reggaeton, Blues, Jazz, Steel-pan, Indian, Asian and other worldly music.” – laculturalfestival.com
JULY : The Feather Place in collaboration with Los Angeles costume designer extraordinaire Ami Goodheart and PEPSI ; is proud to present the Pepsi X Momotaro Forever Challenge Ep.3. Instead of going with the traditional route of generic beverage commercials, Pepsi reinvents Japan’s oldest folktale of Momotaro and gives us the Pepsi X Momotaro Forever Challenge commercial series!
AUGUST : Open in Downtown Los Angeles since 1939, California Millinery Supply Co. is a treasure trove and your only go to hat and millinery supply store in California, or perhaps one of the last still open in the nation? Truly a diamond in the rough – and one of DTLA’s best kept secrets in the Fashion District!
SEPTEMBER : We love featuring our talented clients especially when showcasing artistry created with the help of our feather products. Let the sultry Ariana Savalas & Los Angeles-based dance troupe, LA Follies tickle you fancy with brilliant this arrangement of Blank Space!
OCTOBER : The vibrant and symbolic traditions behind traditional Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations (November 1st) are becoming more mainstream with each passing year, spreading from Mexico through the US and beyond. Among the most popular Day of the Dead icons are skulls and skeletons, which pop up everywhere on the days and weeks leading up to Dia de los Muertos. With that in mind here’s our whimsical Felt and Feather Dia de los Muertos Skull Broach project that you can DIY and wear to your local Day of the Dead cultural events.
NOVEMBER : The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show didn’t air till Dec. 8 at 10 p.m. on CBS, but here’s a sneak peek of this year’s angels taking flight on the runway. Ranging from bright and bold custom dyed Lady Amherst Pheasant Tails to fun and flirty Ostrich Plumes and Fringe…We love the assortment of feathers they used this year on the angel wings!
DECEMBER : The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts just launched it’s new exhibit Native Fashion Now and it’s the first large scale exhibit showcasing contemporary Native American fashion.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
Happy New Year from your friends at The Feather Girl and Feather Place
We are showcasing our favorite top three Esty shops and designers that have caught our eye with their stunning feather pieces. So many to choose from, we had a hard time deciding who to list! Here’s our favorite handmade feather accessories that we couldn’t wait to share with you.
VelvetandSlate “Each piece is hand crafted with special attention paid to the finishing details. The feathers are real, and each is unique and organic in nature, making every piece of jewelry one of a kind. Every item is made in the USA” Karisa Perrone.
Based out of Montreal, Canada; Noémie is the designer behind the brand Noemiah. Her feather jewelry line is unique and stunning. You will be amazed with her selection accessories, there is something for everyone in her collection. My favorite is her Dusty Mint Statement necklace is beautiful using ostrich feathers, if your looking for something more simple her Minimalist Modern Brass Jewelry Arrowhead Feather necklace is a must have! Noemie uses ostrich, rooster hackle, guinea and pheasant in her jewelry collection. If you’re looking for something custom, you may request for a custom order.
Experience Panem at The Hunger Games Exhibition with over 1,000 props and 46 costumes that were used in the movies. Interactive games and maps allow fans to take a step inside Panem and learn more about each district. Fans can even get an up close look into Cinna’s design studio and sketchbooks.
Most impressive are Katniss’s costumes which are truly a work of art! Cinna’s “people” spent time with us here at The Feather Place Los Angeles to source and get inspiration as to what feather types they wanted to use on the costumes. We are so lucky to have behind the scenes “feather” knowledge on several blockbuster hits like this one!
“It was just the right time,” Kramer said. “The stars aligned, and we committed ourselves to doing this exhibition that is just as much about celebrating Native American creativity as well as it is an exhibition celebrating fashion.”- Exhibition curator Karen Kramer via Mic
Among our favorite are these feathered designs from Orlando Dugi, (Diné [Navajo]). Cape and dress from “Desert Heat” Collection, 2012 (Above & Right Below)
Sho Sho Esquiro (Kaska Dene/Cree) Wile Wile Wile dress, “Day of the Dead” Collection, 2013
David Gaussoin, (Diné [Navajo]) and Picuris Pueblo and Wayne Nez Gaussoin, (Diné [Navajo]) and Picuris Pueblo. “Postmodern Boa,” 2009. Consuelo Pascual, (Diné [Navajo]) and Maya. “Gunmetal Pleat” dress, 2010.
Native Fashion Now On view November 21, 2015 to March 6, 2016 Located in the: Special Exhibition Galleries
Holiday decor trends are evolving and there’s no better time to try something new! Dress up your mantel with feather garlands, your table setting with feather trees or place a feather wreath on your front door this holiday season. The Feather Place has so many Festive Feather Holiday Decor ideas and unique holiday feather products…these are among our favorites!
This line of Feather Christmas trees are designed as slip covers lined with thick felt for easy shipping, set up and storage.
They even have an assortments of Feather Ornaments to add a unique touch to your Christmas Trees and arrangements!
It’s not too late to place your orders…Call The Feather Place at 1-800-291-6351 to place your orders!
Explore the distinctive art, culture, and history of Hawai‘i with the first exhibition of Hawaiian featherwork on the U.S. mainland, developed in partnership with the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Honolulu. Presented in San Francisco, which is considered to be the gateway to the Pacific, the exhibition will feature approximately 75 rare and stunning examples of the finest featherwork capes and cloaks in existence, as well as royal staffs of feathers (kāhili), feather lei (lei hulu manu), helmets (mahiole), feathered god images (akua hulu manu), and related eighteenth- and nineteenth-century paintings and works on paper.
Handcrafted of plant fiber and rare feathers from endemic birds of the islands, the cloaks (‘ahu‘ula) and capes provided spiritual protection to Hawaiian chiefs, proclaiming their identity and status. The abstract patterns and compositions of royal feathers (nā hulu ali‘i) are both beautiful and full of cultural meaning. While the arrangements of their forms—crescents, triangles, circles, quadrilaterals, and lines—and fields of color appear contemporary, they are ancient. Symbols of the power and status of Hawai‘i’s monarchs at home and abroad, these vibrantly colored treasures of the Hawaiian people endure today as masterpieces of unparalleled artistry, technical skill, and cultural pride. www.deyoung.famsf.org/exhibitions/featherwork
A trip to Gozzi’s Turkey Farm in Connecticut is sure to Brighten your day and holiday season. Just look at those vibrantly colored turkeys! This bright and bold turkey tradition has been going on since the 1940 and has drawn generations of families every year. Of course, the brightly dyed turkey feathers are right up our alley!!!
“My grandmother started it years ago as a fun thing for the kids in the neighborhood, and it caught on and just busloads of kids come now,” Gozzi said. “It’s a tradition for a lot of people. I get a lot of people saying, ‘My grandparents brought me here, and now I’m bringing my kids’.” Bill Gozzi, the farm’s third-generation owner.
May you enjoy a bright & bountiful Thanksgiving…
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