October 2012

We are so excited to finally see the restoration work done on the iconic  Scarlett O’Hara dresses from the classic film “Gone with the Wind”! Especially since The Feather Place Los Angeles had the unique task of supplying and custom dying Natural Ostrich Plumes in Burgundy for the Scarlett O’Hara’s Ball Gown restoration!

“Cara Varnell works on the burgundy ball gown from “Gone With The Wind.” Varnell determined that some feathers were original and some were replacements. The ball gown as well as the iconic green curtain dress from the 1939 film were saved from deterioration by a $30,000 conservation effort by the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, and are on display for the first time in nearly 30 years at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum as part of a Hollywood costume exhibit.”

 “The dresses were made of heavy fabric and were not built to last. Weakened stitching and sagging waistlines had to be repaired and conservators also had to remove some previous alternation work and additions, such as feathers placed on the burgundy gown.”

Check out the full AP story at : Iconic Scarlett OHara dresses restored, displayed.

FLAPPER STYLE

The 1920s Flapper has always been a popular Halloween costume, but this year we are seeing a resurgence in this style from movies, fashion and even hot off the runways!

The HBO show Boardwalk Empire brought the Golden Age back into the spotlight with its fantastic costume and set design. Feathers adorn headdresses, clothing, fans and even party decor. This December stay tuned for the new release of The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan who take this classic story to the next level.

The flapper style is one of our favorites since we can DIY with, of course, feathers! You can get inspiration from popular culture, runway shows or even going to Featherplace.com and using your imagination! We recommend using peacock feathers, ostrich feathers, and a variety of fringes and boas to create the perfect look.

Below, we leave you with a couple of styles from Ralph Lauren’s collection that we previously wrote about- the designer’s uncanny ability to channel the Flapper style is truly inspiring!

DIY Feather Crafts for Halloween

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on October 9, 2012

in DECOR,EVENT,HOLIDAY

With Halloween just around the corner, these spooky DIY Feathered Bats are perfect for your Halloween party decor!  Super easy to make, all you need are the following materials:

  • Black Cardstock
  • Batwing stencil – You can make this too… I made mine with basic paper : )
  • Glue – We used Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Scissors
  • Black Marabou Feathers – From The Feather Place
  • We placed them on our Showroom walls with double stick tape to get into the holiday spirit!
  • Voila… You’re done! HAPPY HALLOWEEN !