CULTURAL ARTS

While San Francisco and New York were proudly celebrating Pride this past weekend, Los Angeles was getting down to business with the LA Cultural Festival & Carnival parade 2015.

Celebrating LA Cultural Festival 2015

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

Celebrating LA Cultural Festival 2015

All the feathered costumes were worn with complete pride and glory!  So many headdresses and back packs were made with unique color combinations incorporating ostrich plumes, rooster coque tails, goose pallates, peasant tails, and peacock feathers.  Embellished with flashy sequence apliques, beads and trims to catch your eye, each reveler seemed to have a slightly individual style within their groups theme.  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 customers!

Celebrating LA Cultural Festival 2015

Such a golden spectacle! I’m sure these ladies were worn out by the end of the parade?  But they all had smiles on their faces and seemed happy to be bringing their party to Hollywood Blvd!  There was certainly a lot of crowd appreciation for all the work and creativity that was on full display!

Celebrating LA Cultural Festival 2015

Celebrating LA Cultural Festival 2015

Celebrating LA Cultural Festival 2015

Several countries presented; from Bolivia & Peru to Trinidad, Ecuador, Honduras and so many more.    It was great to see all the different cultural representations and carnival costumes in one parade.  It just goes to show you that Los Angeles is truly full of “vibrant multicultural & diverse communities of people” from around the world.   I hope the LA Cultural Festival continues to grow with each new year – expressing the colors of culture and freedom of the world as one people”.

Celebrating LA Cultural Festival 2015

Celebrating LA Cultural Festival 2015

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San Francisco Carnaval 2015 – Agua Sagrada which took place this past Memorial Day Weekend brought out hundreds of thousands of residents, tourist and revelers alike to help celebrate its 37th anniversary!

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This year’s carnival theme Agua Sagrada is Spanish for “sacred water.  Agua Sagrada “symbolizes the universal reverence for the most basic element of life.” This issue hits close to the heart of California which was declared to be in a drought state of emergency with this year expecting to be the driest on record. “… all experts in the field agree that we all need to conserve and preserve our most precious resource. Agua Sagrada/Sacred Water: Every Drop Counts/Cada Gota Cuenta!”

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What we love the most about this carnaval event is the variety of cultures represented in the parades contingent! Included are feathered representatives from Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, Colombia, Trinidad, Cuba and islands throughout the Caribbean and many more!

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We love helping our client realize their carnaval costumes with feathers and accessories from The Feather Place. You can either Shop Online at www.featherplace.com or Shop Wholesale by contacting our showrooms in Los Angeles or NYC. You can also stay in touch with The Feather Place on Facebook and Instagram @thefeatherplace for all of your carnaval feathered needs!

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Follow Carnaval San Francisco on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram : @CarnavalSF  http://carnavalsanfrancisco.org/ 

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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.

In collaboration with the Tombstone Hearse & Trike LLC and The 2015 Lincoln Funeral Coalition, The Feather Place was contracted to supply all of the ostrich feather products needed to decorate the full scale replica of Abraham Lincoln’s Hearse that was used for the 2015 Lincoln funeral re-enactment and procession to Oak Ridge Cemetery.

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Heavy weight black ostrich boas from The Feather Place were used on the very large and decorative hearse that had been destroyed by fire in 1887. Below you see the unfinished coach built by the Tombstone Hearse & Trike LLC with the help of skilled craftsmen including Eric Hollenbeck and his students at the Blue Ox Mill School in California, a unique vocational school for combat veterans. This magnificent replica is now on display in Downtown Springfield Illinois.

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Carnival and Mardi Gras 2015

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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. They personify themselves as kings, queens and “Bahianas” to obtain hope and the pursuit of happiness for that one day. A variety of Carnival Designers, seamstresses, mechanical engineers, theater producers, artists, choreographers, samba communities, musicians and TV celebrities all engage and exchange ideas to turn each of their own school into the most spectacular popular street opera show of the year.

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Carnival and Mardi Gras 2015 as come and gone… Alas, here are some of our favorite feather costumes worn by joyful revelers across the globe!

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 The abundance of feathers on some of these Mardi Gras Indian costumes in New Orleans are so over the top, we can’t help but to applaud such artistry! There are truly some amazing costume designers out there!

Andrew Sanchez Jr. King of Zulu Mangueira samba school performers

Lights, camera and action. The popular street opera from Rio de Janeiro begins!  The drums, the samba, the poetry and gorgeous feathers agitated Sapucai Avenue.

Despite all of the recent economical and political crisis the country has been going through, the samba schools stepped out of their comfort zones .  They were able to utilize limited resources to deliver some of the most amazing richly designed and highly crafted feather costumes created by the samba communities and designers from around the globe.

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Ostrich Feathers, Rooster Feathers, Pheasant Feathers OH MY…!

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 We hope you had a wonderful and festive carnival season! Remember to shop The Feather Place for all of your feathered needs. We are the most fashion-forward and cutting-edge vendor within the feather supply industry. Wholesale buyers welcomed!

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A YEAR IN FEATHERS

A YEAR IN FEATHERS

From Betsey Johnson’s flirty feathered runway looks to the loss of comedian Joan Rivers and fashion icon Oscar De La Renta, 2014 sure did have it’s noteworthy feathered fashion moments.  Looking back at 2014, Here are some of the top trending feathered moments.

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BROOKLYN MUSEUM RETROSPECTIVE – Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibits His Love for Feathers at the Brooklyn Museum.

This Marchesa collection is for the romantic woman, featuring lightly feathered looks fit for queens.

NY FASHION WEEK – This Marchesa 2014 collection is for the romantic woman, featuring lightly feathered looks fit for queens.

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MARDI GRAS 2014 – Who let the dogs out…!? Even mans best friend reveled at the 2014 Barkus Mardi Gras parade! Check out how cute they look in their feathered mask and parade float! FYI :  Mardi Gras 2015 comes early next year on Tuesday, February 17th… Plan for 2015 fat Tuesday celebration costumes in advance and SHOP at The Feather Place for all of your feathered needs! 

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NYC FIT “Fowl Play” – The Feather Place has proudly collaborated with FIT, The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, to bring a wonderful feathered exhibit created by Visual Presentation students. Named “Fowl Play”, the exhibition explores ornithology (the study of birds) and how nature inspires fashion. All of the feathers used in this exhibit were supplied by The Feather Place and can all be purchased right here at Featherplace.com.

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CARNIVAL SAN FRANCISCO 2014 – Hundreds of thousands of residents, tourist and revelers hit the streets of San Francisco Memorial Day weekend to help celebrate it’s 36th anniversary! What we love the most about this event is the variety of cultures represented in the parades contingent! Included are feathered representatives from Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, Colombia, Trinidad, Cuba and islands throughout the Caribbean !

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BURNING MAN 2014 – Feathers make a come back at Burning Man! The Burning Man Official Blog announces that “…if you want to wear feathers, that’s fine … but make sure they’re attached in ways that won’t fail, and if you can’t then don’t wear them, because it’s on YOU if they become MOOP. (And that goes for anything you bring to Black Rock City.)”

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FASHION WEEK NYC – Betsey Johnson’s SS15 feathered collection was front and center and in true Betsey Johnson form; an Over the top, ultra girly “Love and Marriage” themed extravaganza!

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SAYING GOODBYE TO JOAN RIVERS – We are certainly going to miss Joan Rivers ruffling everyone’s feathers on the red carpet and in her E Entertainment TV series  “Fashion Police“!

oscarA FEATHERED FAREWELL TO OSCAR DE LA RENTA – The fashion industry lost one of it’s greatest fashion icons this October. “I don’t really know how to do casual clothes.”- Oscar de la Renta

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BIRDS OF PARADISE EXHIBITION – Birds of Paradise – Plumes and Feathers in Fashion ; The exhibition runs from October 25 until 19 April 2015. We wish we could travel across the pond to see this spectacular show.

VictoriaSecret2014LondonVICTORIA’S SECRET 2014 FASHION SHOW – Last but not least the Victoria’s Secret 2014 Fashion Show in London. Karlie Kloss and her handcrafted 18kt gold gilded feather angel wings stole the show! The Feather Place is lucky to have an inside scoop on the creation of these spectacular feather wings every year when we help handcraft these towering beauties!

As we look back upon the past year, we would like to acknowledge those who have helped us shape our business. Thanks for a great year, and we wish you all the best as you embark on 2015.

HAPPY NEW YEAR – From your friends @THEFEATHERGIRL

 

Carnaval San Francisco 2014

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on May 30, 2014

in COSTUME,CULTURAL ARTS,EVENT

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Carnaval San Francisco 2014 was just last weekend and let us tell you…It’s a feathery hit year after year! Hundreds of thousands of residents, tourist and revelers hit the streets of San Francisco Memorial Day weekend to help celebrate it’s 36th anniversary!

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Carnaval San Francisco is a beloved two-day event featuring a GRAND PARADE and a 2 day outdoor Festival in San Francisco Mission District, celebrating music and cultural elements from all of Latin & Carribbean American culture & traditions.

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What we love the most about this event is the variety of cultures represented in the parades contingent! Included are feathered representatives from Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, Colombia, Trinidad, Cuba and islands throughout the Caribbean !

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Two Aztec Dancers by George Lipp

Needless to say… “WE LOVE FEATHERS!”. Ostrich Feathers, Rooster Feathers, Pheasant Feathers and Turkey Feathers are among the plumage used in these traditional and artful costumes!

SAN FRANCISCO CARNAVAL 2014 — with Roberto Hernandez.

Photographer- Oliver Klink

 

 

 

 

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Fogo Na Roupa CARNAVAL SF 2014Follow Carnaval San Francisco on Twitter & Instagram: @CarnavalSF #CarnavalSF #RumbaCopa2014 http://carnavalsanfrancisco.org/

You can also stay in touch with The Feather Place for all of your carnaval feathered needs : @thefeatherplace #thefeatherplace  http://www.featherplace.com/

Color the world with PRIDE

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on May 16, 2014

in COSTUME,CULTURAL ARTS,DIY,EVENT,FEATHER TRENDS,HAIR & HAT

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Color the world with PRIDE this summer!

The 2014 summer of  PRIDE kicks of this weekend in Long Beach California and will continue on into June with events nationwide celebrating diversity and equality for all! 

We cant wait to see the abundance of color and flair reveling down the parade lines like in the above photo from the NYC PrideFest! Don’t you just love her assortment of vibrant Chandelle feather boas!?

Here is a list of some upcoming PRIDE events nationwide.

Long Beach May 17 & 18
Join us for the next Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride celebration from 11am – 11pm along Shoreline Drive. Click here  for Directions
 
Los Angeles June 6-8
Join 50,000 of your closest friends at this year’s LA PRIDE Festival June 6th – 8th at the West Hollywood Park. Click here for full lineup, schedules, and tickets.
 
New Orleans June 20-22
New Orleans Pride is used to create unity in the communities, bringing together the straight and homosexual communities and to create events that are family friendly and acceptable to all. Click Here for more info. 
 
N.Y.C  June 27-29
FROM THE FIRST MOMENT OF THE RALLY TO THE DANCE AT THE PIER
Click here for an in depth look at this year’s Pride Week line up. 
 
San Francisco  June 27-29
Theme: Color Our World with Pride 
The Parade kicks off at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 29 at Market & Beale and ends at Market & 8th Street in downtown San Francisco [MAP]
 

Planning on attending any of these events…!? In no time at all, The Feather Place can have you covered with bright rainbow feathered boas  and/or a pair of multi-colored rainbow feather angel wings!  Count on The Feather Place to help you get parade ready!

Fowl Play Exhibit The Feather Place has proudly collaborated with FIT, The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, to bring a wonderful feathered exhibit created by Visual Presentation students. Named “Fowl Play”, the exhibition explores ornithology (the study of birds) and how nature inspires fashion. Students researched different species of birds including their behavior, habitat and diet. They then visited our showroom in the heart of NYC’s Garment District to learn about feathers and their use in the fashion industry.

The students were instructed to transform the mannequin into a bird by considering the design and pose of the mannequin, and the variety of feathers provided by The Feather Place.  Each student emphasized one specific appearance or behavioral trait and was to include references of fashion designs inspired by their particular bird.  We absolutely love these student’s creations and hope you get inspired and are able to stop by!

“Fowl Play” exhibit at FIT, 27th street and 7th avenue NYC, until the end of April.

Blue Guinea Fowl A Blue Guinea Fowl makes a statement in spots

Pohnpei Lorikeet A Pohnpei Lorikeet stuns in vivid pinks and yellows

Snow OwlThis fluffy Snow Owl strikes a fierce pose

Rockhopper Penguin and Great CurassowA child mannequin perfectly embodies the Rockhopper Penguin joined by a yellow beaked Great Curassow

AlbatrossThis high flying Albatross has a massive wing span!

Bald Eagle and Bearded VultureA Bald Eagle and Bearded Vulture perched on high

FlamingoAn elegantly statuesque Flamingo

Victoria Crowned PigeonThis Victoria Crowned Pigeon is known for its’ intricate crestBlue JayA beautifully layered and detailed Bluejay

ParakeetA colorful Parakeet playfully swings

RavenA Raven peeking through the shrubbery

Hummingbird and Wood StorkA puffed chest Hummingbird and a Wood Stork celebrates its’ prey

BlackbirdA Blackbird with intricate wings

Red Crowned CranesA pair of Red Crowned Cranes performing a mating dance

All of the feathers used in this exhibit were supplied by The Feather Place and can all be purchased right here at Featherplace.com!

Fat Tuesday Celebrations 2014

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on March 7, 2014

in COSTUME,CULTURAL ARTS,EVENT

Fat Tuesday Celebrations 2014 – Revelers didn’t let anyone “rain” on their FAT Tuesday parades. Despite the damp and cold weather, krewe and crowds alike went all out to shake their tail feathers down the streets of New Orleans.

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Got rain? A Shocking Pink Chandelle Feather boa trimmed umbrella will do the trick!

Marabou, Ostrich Feather Spads and Nandus adorn this Zulu Krewe members headdress and costume.

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Colorful Turkey Quills,  Marabou feathers and boas in these lively Mardi Gras youth’s costumes! Beyond adorable!

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Who let the dogs out…!? Even mans best friend reveled at the 2014 Barkus parade! Check out how cute they look in their feather masks and parade float!

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Mardi Gras 2015 comes early next year on Tuesday, February 17th… Plan for next years fat Tuesday celebration costumes in advance and SHOP at The Feather Place for all of your feathered needs! Until next years Mardi Gras friends.

Photo David Grunfeld, AP

Carnival- The Celebration Heard Around the World!

by The Feather Place NYC on February 2, 2014

in COSTUME,CULTURAL ARTS,EVENT,HOLIDAY

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We are all geared up for Carnival season and envious of everyone about to celebrate in warmer climates! Carnival season is typically in the month of February and occurs annually before Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of Lent. The celebrations involve masquerading, dancing, floats and street parties depending on location. These festivals can be found around the world, from Brazil to Trinidad and even European countries such as Italy and France. We compiled Carnival celebration pictures to give you a taste of what’s to come around the world for Carnival 2014!

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (above and below):

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Port of Spain, Trindad & Tobago (similar festivals celebrated in Toronto, Brooklyn, Miami, and Notting Hill):

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Mardigras in New Orleans, Louisiana:

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Faschnact, which is celebrated in Germany and Switzerland:

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Rosenmontagsumzug in Köln: Gruppe mit Clown- Marionetten

Nice, France:

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