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Feather Costumes — Everything Feathers The Feather Girl

COSTUME

Feather filled movie scenes like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance sequence in the movie Top Hat and Alicia Silverstone’s iconic marabou topped pen in Clueless, have had a way of captivating the silver screen over the generations. With the Academy Awards this weekend, we wanted to look back at 7 of our favorite feathered moments from the silver screen starting with Jasmine Guy’s nominated roaring 20’s feathered look in the movie Harlem Nights.

Harlem Nights’ Joe I. Tompkins was nominated for an Academy Award for best costume design and we can see why just by looking at this movie still of the lovely Jasmine Guy as Dominique La Rue. Of course we love the Ostrich Feather details used throughout the whole film! And while the movie is now a cult classic, the costume design is enough reason to re-watch this movie.

Black Swan, director Darren Aronofsky’s psychological thriller set in the world of professional ballet, is a stylish treat with Rodarte-designed ballet costumes, showcasing black feathers, Swarovski crystals and tulle. We loved it! These costumes were truly a work of art, they were put on display at The Museum of Contemporary Art in 2011.

This romantic, period-film has been the inspiration for countless “Great Gatsby” theme parties and feather fashion trends! 2013’s movie The Great Gatsby based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel and directed by Baz Luhrmann starred Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby also won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design. 12 of the original costumes designed by Miuccia Prada and Catherine Martin were also put on display in Paris and New York City.

With a pastel hued color palette inspired by french macaroons ; costume designer Milena Canonero also won an Oscar for Best Costume Design in the Sofia Coppola directed 2006 film Marie Antoinette. We like to play this movie on repeat at the Los Angeles showroom. We are really looking forward to seeing who will win this year and to see what the stars will be wearing.

Ursula Andress as Vesper Lynd embodies the Look of Love in the ultimate spy spoof of all time; Casino Royale 1967 . This movie is full of fun and witty feather filled movie scenes and wardrobe.


A true CLASSIC; Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the 1935 Top Hat “Cheek to Cheek” dance sequence is most inspiring! The graceful dance moves and flowing feathers truly captivated the audience over the generations! And that Ostrich Feather DRESS…! It’s Heaven!   Watch for yourselves below.

Did you know that “Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers hit their peak in Top Hat, and of the five dances in the film, ‘Cheek to Cheek’ has become symbolic of their on-screen symbiosis. The number was nearly ruined, however, by Rogers’ ostrich-trimmed dress, which shed tiny feathers as Astaire spun her around the dance-floor, spoiling his tails. Rogers was adamant the bias-cut gown she had designed with Bernard Newman was perfect for the role, but Sinatra wanted to switch it for a feather-less number. It was only when Rogers threatened to walk that he relented. It took a present to get Rogers back on set. “Dear Feathers, I love ya! Fred”, read the note to accompany a gold feather for her charm bracelet.”

“As if”… We could ever forget this iconic scene of Alicia Silverstone as Cher Horowitz in the teen classic Clueless! Simple, yet memorable and so easy to DIY with Marabou Boas, Satin Ribbon and a Pen!

Feather Filled Movie Scenes

Houston’s Ballet Ball Most Stunning Costumes and Couture paid tribute to the company’s upcoming production of Swan Lake.  Of course most notably were the feather coated couture gowns worn by ball chair and guests who raised more than 1.4 million dollars for the Hurricane Harvey damaged ballet theater.

“On this grand evening, no one was more spectacular than ball chair Hallie Vanderhider, who dressed for the first part of the evening in a couture Naeem Khan gown composed of 3,500 hand-sewn, black coque feathers (rooster tails) flowing with a mammoth train. (The dress was delivered to the party tent where Vanderhider donned it before guests arrived as it was too large even for a Bentley.) Then, as Party on the Moon took over the stage for dancing, she changed into a fuchsia Monique Lhuillier organza gown plumed with matching ostrich feathers…” 

Among the swans gliding through the scene in feathers were Fady Armanious dressed in a bespoke white dinner jacket from India and a feathered tulle cape, which he made himself, ballet board chair Phoebe Tudor, her white gown and feathered cape, both by Monique Lhuillier, former Ballet Ball chair Beth Muecke with feathers in her hair wearing a black and white gown by Houston’s Becky Hollands…

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Hollywood Carnival 2018 Launch Party

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on December 18, 2017

in COSTUME,CULTURAL ARTS,EVENT,FEATHER TRENDS

Take a peek of the Hollywood Carnival 2018 Launch party, showcasing the best of what your favorite Mas Band has to offer for the 2018 Carnival Parade of the Bands presentation. Here are some of our favorite behind the scene and runway photos that we got.

Behind the scene with the ladies of Sambalushus, Bamboo Mas, Extacy Mas and The Mirage Mas …

Abraham Gonzalez-Pollick 2017 Hollywood Carnival KING shakes a tailfeather down the cat walk!

Hollywood Carnival 2018 Launch Party

The one and only #SambaMama and owner of Sambalushus ; Guadalupe Dlushus .

Representing Latin America are these two beauties decked out in feathers!

Extacy Mas

Winners of the 2017 Hollywood Carnival Best Band and most anticipated theme launch… Shimmer & Shine

Chez Zen Nation

TriniFeters International

Carnival Jumbies

Bamboo Mas

The Mirage

Hollywood Massive

Hollywood Carnival 2018 is from June 21st-24th! Make sure to plan ahead and get in with one of these mas bands to participate in the parade. By purchasing a costume from one of the participating Mas Bands, you are automatically registered and are eligible to participate with them in the Parade of the Bands.

See you in June…

 

DIY The Birds Halloween Costume

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on October 6, 2017

in COSTUME

This DIY The Birds Halloween Costume is perfect for those last minute parties! You won’t believe how easily you will convert into Tippi Hedren. All you need are a murder a crows and some simple thrift store finds. Find some inspiration and a link to buy black crow birds below…

DIY The Birds Halloween Costume

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DIY The Birds Halloween Costume

The Hollywood Carnival and Cultural Festival 2017 was an amazing, world class experience. Los Angeles is truly a melting pot of “vibrant multicultural & diverse communities of people” from all over the world. Several countries presented; from Guatemala to Trinidad, Brazil, Mexico and so many more. It was great to see all the different cultural representations and carnival costumes in one parade. Here are some of the images we captured while at the parade.We know it takes months of planning and preparation to put these costumes together. Fortunately feather supplies are easy to come by at The Feather Place, located downtown Los Angeles. Wholesale is available to all carnival and cultural dance customers! We loved all of the amazing feathered costumes made with unique color combinations incorporating ostrich plumes, rooster coque tails, goose palettes, pheasant tails, and peacock feathers. Embellished with flashy sequence appliques, beads and trims to catch your eye, each reveler brings individual style and artistry within their groups theme.We’d like to give a shout out to our friends Extacy Mas, Jam Design Concepts, Bamboo Mas, Sistas wit Style, Caribbean Zone Productions, People of the Sun, The Mirage, Abraham Gonzales-Pollick from A Royal Piece and ALL of our carnival clients for counting on The Feather Place this year. And a SPECIAL Thank you to Extacy Mas … Parading with you was the time of my life-xo!

“The Los Angeles Culture Festival and Hollywood Carnival, are proud to present the annual Los Angeles Culture Festival and Hollywood Carnival Parade – a world culture festival – expressing the colors of culture and freedom of the world as one people. This is a celebration of our cultures and traditions, featuring colorful costumes, dances, food, arts & crafts, and music from around the world.”

Unique Feather Inspired Makeup Trends

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on October 21, 2016

in COSTUME,DIY,FASHION,FEATHER TRENDS,HOLIDAY

Perfect for the Halloween season, You’ll be a showstopper in any of these unique feather inspired makeup trends ! From incorporating ready made false feather lashes to painstakingly placing the feathers piece by piece, there’s no wrong way to add drama and recreate the look for Halloween.

Unique Feather Inspired Makeup Trends

For the DIY makeup artist, here are some tips that we find useful!

Unique Feather Inspired Makeup Trends Unique Feather Inspired Makeup Trends Unique Feather Inspired Makeup TrendsUnique Feather Inspired Makeup Trends

Spellbinding Feather Topped Hats

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on October 14, 2016

in COSTUME,FEATHER TRENDS,HAIR & HAT,HOLIDAY

These spellbinding feather topped hats from The Blonde Swan are the perfect accessory for that out of the ordinary event or high-end fantasy costume.

Topped off with a color coordinated rooster, ostrich and peacock feather hat pin, these hats are handmade using rich suede & leather and are available in a variety of styles for both men and women.

 

Queen Ravenna Costume Inspiration

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on October 1, 2016

in COSTUME,DIY,FEATHER TRENDS,HOLIDAY,STAGE & SCREEN

We just found the BEST Queen Ravenna Costume Inspiration and are so excited to share it with you all! We first came across the Melting Mirror Cosplay and Costume site when we were researching costume inspirations for this Halloween season.   
Queen Ravenna Costume - Ravenna cosplay made and worn by Meltingmirror - Photo by Lexa One taken at Montreal comiccon 2015

Using hundreds of Loose and Strung Black Rooster Coque Tails and taking notes from famed costume designer Colleen Atwood, Melting Mirror gives an in depth play by play on her inspirations and how she made her cosplay costume.

Queen Ravenna Costume - Ravenna cosplay made and worn by Meltingmirror - Photo by Belziir Photography taken at Montreal comiccon 2015 - 3

You have to go to her site and check out the extensive Queen Ravenna – Snow White and the Huntsman costume write-up. I know we are feeling inspired to DIY this costume and with more than 1 month away from Halloween…We still have time! Stop by The Feather Place and let us help you get DIY ready this Halloween season.

Queen Ravenna Costume - Ravenna cosplay made and worn by Meltingmirror - Photo by Belziir Photography taken at Montreal comiccon 2015 - 2 Queen Ravenna Costume - Ravenna cosplay made and worn by Meltingmirror - Photo by Belziir Photography taken at Montreal comiccon 2015 Queen Ravenna Costume - Ravenna cosplay made and worn by Meltingmirror - Photo by Pit Fire Photography taken at Montreal comiccon 2015Queen Ravenna Costume - Ravenna cosplay made and worn by Meltingmirror - Photo by Pit Fire Photography taken at Montreal comicon 2015

In just these simple steps, you’ll have your Miss Fisher’s Murder Mystery Inspired Costume ready for this year’s Halloween party season.

Miss Fisher's Murder Mystery Inspired Costume

Recreate detective Phryne Fisher sassy 1920 style by pairing a knee length drop waist beaded dress with a Marabou Feather Shrug or Shawl! You can also DIY a long flowing Ostrich Boa Stole or Silk Scarf trimmed in Ostrich Fringe. Add glittering details with sparkling vintage brooches, dangling necklaces and a pair of T-Strap kitten heels or oxfords. Make sure to pin your hair or wear a short bob wig topping off the look with a feather beaded headband or cloche hat.

Miss Fisher's Murder Mystery Inspired Costume

Miss Fisher's Murder Mystery Inspired Costume

Miss Fisher's Murder Mystery Inspired Costume       DIY a long flowing Ostrich Boa Stole or Silk Scarf trimmed in Ostrich Fringe. Miss Fisher's Murder Mystery Inspired Costume Recreate detective Phryne Fisher sassy 1920 style with a Marabou Feather Shrug or Shawl!

 

Discover what it takes to design and costume on the actual TV hit series below and preview the new Miss Fisher Collection – by Marion Boyce!

DIY Monster Feather Wreath

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on September 9, 2016

in COSTUME,CRAFT,DECOR,DIY,FEATHER TRENDS,HOLIDAY

Monster Feather Wreath

A Halloween checklist; Costume? Check. Candy? Check. Spooky decorations? Let’s check that one off the list right now. This Monster Feather Wreath is a not too scary and easy enough to enlist crafting help from little hands. So grab your little gremlins, a few supplies, and get crafty! You’ll have a fun Halloween decoration before you can say, “trick or treat!”

Feather Materials
Feather Green Circle  Wreath Form

Feather Green Circle  Chandelle Feather Boas (2)

Feather Green Circle   Hot Glue

Feather Green Circle  Pipe Cleaners

Feather Green Circle   Googly Eyes

Feather Directions

STEP 1. Begin wrapping a chandelle feather boa around the wreath form. Attach with hot glue.

Monster Feather Wreath

STEP 2. Trim a 4 inch length of pipe cleaner and wrap it around a pencil to form a spring. Leave one end straight to stick into the wreath form.

Monster Feather Wreath

STEP 3. Glue a googly eye on the curly end of the pipe cleaner spring. Repeat this process until you have 15-20 eyes, or as many as you think will cover your wreath.

Monster Feather Wreath

STEP 4. Insert the eyes into the wreath form until the wreath has plenty of peepers. Hang on your door and let the scares begin!

Monster Feather WreathStay tuned and be on the lookout for more DIY feather crafts and children’s costume ideas using feather products from The Feather Place. You can also visit our Halloween Projects ideas!
Monster Feather Wreath