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Katy Perry California Dreams Tour 2011

Pop Sensation Katy Perry’s California Dreams tour is all Sugar and Spice and Everything nice, including dramatic costume changes where Katy swans around stage in a fabulous Feather Peacock Costume.

Katy Perry California Dreams Tour 2011






The month of June is typically the start of summer vacations, bar-b-ques and trips to the beach. In the LGBT community the month of June sparks Gay Pride parades around the country. Many cities from L.A. to Miami have celebrations, but NYC holds the title for the original and the longest parade. Nothing makes you feel more fabulous than being decked out in feathers. Fierce drag queens and sexy hunks are creating everything from feathered headdresses to armbands, bustiers, and corsets. With the Gay Pride parade fast approaching there is a frenzy for pheasant, ostrich and rooster feathers which are used  to create the most original and creative pieces.

Here’s one of this Feather Girl’s favorite Gay Pride looks made of venery pheasant feathers:
















Alexander McQueen was a visionaire, a leader, and a truly remarkable designer. He appreciated quirky natural materials, and we have always loved his incorporation of feathers into his whimsical pieces.

New York City is abuzz with talk of the Metropolitan Museum’s Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibit. Here in the NY showroom we were especially excited to attend because we supplied feathers for some of the mannequins! Our natural white duck pointers were painted gold and used to create fierce mohawks. Also included in the exhibit are dyed ostrich plumes, black rooster coque and so much more.

Thousands of ringneck pheasant feathers were carefully sewn to create this stunning gown:










The exhibit is running at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City until August 7th. The Feather Place NY feels that everyone needs to see this breathtaking show, it is definitely not to be missed!

Designer Coco Chanel used feathers and silk georgette to create this stylish evening cape in about 1925. It's shown in the 50-piece "Material World" exhibit opening Friday. / Photo provided by the Indianapolis Museum of Art

A cloak of feathers and fiber with matching headdress worn by the Wenilegei ("bird man") dancers is part of the "Material World" exhibit. Photo provided by the Indianapolis Museum of Art

The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s newest exhibit, “Material World,” takes a deeper look at the fabrics of our lives. Silk and leather, lace and feathers, the 50-piece exhibit showcases pieces from the IMA’s permanent collection.

The exhibit, which opens Friday, shows “how people use exotic ornamentation, to flaunt their wealth and their social status in society.” MA Curator of Textile and Fashion Arts Niloo Paydar said.

The pieces show the differences and the similarities among cultures. For example, one feather ensemble from Africa is placed near a feather cape by Chanel and another feather cape from New Zealand. The pieces were created in about the same time periods.

“No matter where they were,” Paydar said, “the designers decorate themselves very similarly.” The display is about juxtaposition, Paydar said, which stands in contrast to the chronological or cultural displays people usually see. And, of course, “Material World” is a chance to see amazing clothes. “I want people to be wowed,” Paydar said. “They’re going to see a lot of extraordinary pieces.”

See the full story @ IMA’s ‘Material World’ looks at fabrics of our lives http://t.co/pjoJoYr

» Details: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday (various hours Tuesday through Sunday), Indianapolis Museum of Art Paul Textile Gallery & Fashion Arts Gallery, 4000 Michigan Road, free,www.imamuseum.org.


Feathers Fly at this years FIDM DEBUT 2011 Runway Show which attracts almost 10,000 people over a three day period each spring. The event features designs by graduating students in FIDM’s Fashion Design and Theatre Costume Design Advanced Study Programs, as well as work from the Interior Design, Digital Media, and Textile Design Students.

Whether it’s for a Broadway musical or a Shakespearean production, the art of Theatre Costume Design is of paramount importance in telling a story and an arena for great invention and spectacular feats of the imagination. Costumes, jewelry, accessories, and décor must be compelling, relevant, and historically accurate. Students in The Advanced Theatre Costume Design program  learn to create the ultimate wardrobe for characters in theatre, film, television, and video…

WATCH: Check out footage from this years FIDM Theatre Costume Design Advanced Study Program DEBUT 2011 Runway Show! The Feather Place was happy to help source feathers for this years  “CARNIVAL” themed debut. You can also check out last years extravaganza just in case you missed it. Enjoy !

Maybe I have a bias opinion because I LOVED The Karate Kid and had the biggest crush on Ralph Macchio as a teen, But didn’t he do a fantastic job on last night’s season 12 premiere of Dancing with The Stars. Ralph and his professional partner Karina Smirnoff, glided gracefully across the dance floor taking them all the way to the top of the leader-board with 24 out of 30 points!  What a great way to start of the dancing season. Oh and did you see the beautiful feather detail and trim on Karina’s strawberry pink ballroom gown….Check it out now and be sure to pay close attention to the feathery detail!


Hope you didn’t think we would forget about Carnival 2011! The feathered extravaganza soared through the streets of Brazil, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago and beyond. Take a look at the images captured and watch as revelers celebrate, samba schools compete and visitors from all over the world embark on these festivities. Want to make a carnival costume of your own for next year’s extravaganza? Get inspiration and all your feathered needs at The Feather Place!

Panama 2011
Brazil 2011
New Orleans 2011
Trinidad and Tobago 2011


Dolce & Gabbana & Kylie Minogue have collaberated for a third time to design Kylie’s wardrobe for the ‘Les Folies’ tour. Extravagant, with details and trims of feathers, chain mail, pearls and fascinators, this collection is floaty and is Marie Antoinette and Grecian-inspired. Check it out for yourself…!

For Carnival in New Orleans- if you are a Mardi Gras Indian, every Mardi Gras requires a “new suit”, so to speak! Each Tribe constructs elaborate hand made costumes of feathers and bead work that are truly a spectacular site to see!

While I was working at The Feather Place Showroom in NYC last week, it was both my pleasure and honor to run into Congo Nation’s Chief Donald Harrison as he was acquiring feathers wears for Mardi Gras.

Below, are some of the costumes worn from previous years.

It’s so obvious why we love these films….the Feathers! Did you know that The Feather Place supplied feathers featured in in these award winning films!

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is a 1994 Australian comedy-drama film based on the journey of three drag queens. In the movie, they travel across the Australian Outback from Sydney to Alice Springs in a tour bus that they have named “Priscilla”. The film received predominantly positive reviews and won an Oscar for Best Costume Design.

Moulin Rouge! is a 2001 romantic musical film directed, produced, and co-written by Baz Luhrmann. It tells the story of a young, English poet/writer, Christian, who falls in love with the terminally-ill star of the Moulin Rouge, cabaret actress and courtesan Satine. The film was nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actress for Nicole Kidman, and won two: Oscar for Art Direction and Costume Design.

Marie Antoinette is a 2006 biographical film, written and directed by Sofia Coppola. It is very loosely based on the life of the Queen consort in the years leading up to the French Revolution. It won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design. Milena Canonero and six assistant designers created the gowns, hats, suits and prop costume pieces. Ten rental houses were also employed, and the wardrobe unit had seven transport drivers.

Reference from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Feathered Flicks we Love: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Moulin Rouge! & Marie Antoinette.