Known to be the rarest of Aztec Feather Headdresses ; El Penacho de Moctezuma can be found not in Mexico, but in Austria and the reason might surprise you.
The Institute of Esthetic Studies of the UNAM has determined that since there is no transportation technology with zero vibrations, El Penacho de Moctezuma located in Austria can not be transported back to it’s homeland of to Mexico. Made with rare quetzal feathers and trimmed with gold, silver and copper, Attempting to transport the feather headdress back to Mexico could prove devastating.
In order for the precious object to return back to our country after nearly 500 years, it would be required for zero vibration transportation technology in order to preserve it in its current state. – institutoculturaldeleon.org.mx
” The Penacho feather headdress allegedly worn by Aztec emperor Moctezuma II has gone on display at the Museum fur Volkerkunde (Museum of Ethnology) in Vienna. Some say it was brought to Europe by Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes, others that it was used by an Aztec high priest. In any case the flaming green-and-blue headpiece — the only one of its kind still in existence — remains at the centre of a tug-of-war between Mexico, which would like to bring it home, and Austria, which argues it is too fragile to be transported. ” Picture: AFP
ArtisanJanaïna Milheiro‘s feather textile arts and designs are truly one of a kind! From the large scale feather art installations and window dressing to delicate couture feather floral crowns, Janaïna Milheiros work could be seen dressing the windows of Cartier or at the Hermès boutique in Miami to the runways of the Proenza Schouler Spring/Summer 2016 and Valentino pre-Collection Autumn/Winter 2016-2017 shows.
“She does not consider feather as an ornament, as a feather worker would, but she treats it as a weaver, an embroiderer or even a sewer would, by cutting the edges, assembling them as if they were beads or ribbons…”- www.tissusetartisansdumonde.fr
MaryMe-JimmyPaul Redefining Feather Fashions is almost an understatment… They are totally taking it to a whole nother planet! Using a large variety of Marabou, Ostrich, Chandelle and GooseFeathers MMJP’s creations are Met Gala and museum worthy. Marie Burlot and Jimmy Rinsum, the designers behind the over the top MaryMe-JimmyPaul describe their label as an “area that exists between art and fashion…”
We believe that fashion can be more than just an article of clothing. We want to tell a story with our collections and sometimes, creating big sculptural statement pieces is the best way to express our stories. Also, we graduated from the Rietveld Academy, a modern art school in the Netherlands that has also been a definitive influence. – www.notjustalabel.com/editorial/maryme-jimmypaul
We’re just gonna post some of our favorite tumblr pics… scroll through and let it simmer. We feel like we’ve died and gone to feather fashion heaven!
Just in case you missed it, here are some stunning images from Duke Riley’s public artwork “Fly by Night”. We are completely mesmerized by the imagery and footage taken at this artful event in NYC! Who knew that pigeons rigged with LED lights could be so captivating!
Riley orchestrated a series of performances occurring regularly throughout late spring. At the call of a whistle, thousands of birds emerged from their home in a grand, converted historic boat docked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The pigeons circled above the river as the sun sets over Manhattan, and small leg bands, historically used to carry messages, were replaced with tiny LED lights, illuminating the sky in a transcendent union of public art and nature.
…Duke Riley’s Fly By Night brings the rock dove back to the forefront of the New York story once again, assembling an unprecedented fleet of specially trained birds that pay homage to the inhabitants of Cob Dock over 100 years later. Housed on a former naval aircraft carrier once used to train helicopter pilots, this new flight crew made up of Homers, Flights, Rollers, Tumblers, Tipplers, and even the ancient Syrian Damascene (the artist’s favorite), are Riley’s winged collaborators taking to the skies above Wallabout Bay. Twirling, swooping, and gliding – together, apart, and together again – Riley orchestrates an unpredictable flying composition. Like the birds themselves, no two performances are the same. Lacing together old New York and new, Fly By Night asks us to stop, watch, listen, and revere this extraordinary creature that has shared the triumphs and tragedies of the human experience – uniting individuals, cultures, and generations of fanciers in a tale of both the ancient and modern city.
We can’t get enough of Feather artist and winner of the Grand Prix de Création de la Ville de Paris prize Julien Vermeulen ! Known for working with the likes of Christian Louboutin and Jean Paul Gaultier, Vermeulen passion for feathers is exemplified with his interpretation of Samurai armor made with Feathers | Bado Senshi.
We can’t begin to fathom the amount of hours and patience it took to make this feathered work of art. Using thousands upon thousands of naturally mottled and ecologically sourced Black, Natural Red Pheasant and Peacock Iridescent plumage throughout truly showcases this Plumassiers’ artisity! We are so inspired …
Get up close and personal with Waldo Nell’s “microscopic” photo series of Peacock Feathers. At first glance, it looks like we are looking at at a luxurious tapestry or the work of a talented jeweler, yet after further inspection you come to realize that you are in act looking at the extraordinary details of peacock feathers.
A a software engineer by day, Nell uses a Olympus BX 53 microscope and a technique called “photo stacking” to get detailed photos of ordinary objects like feathers, seeds and even orange juice ; producing images that are extraordinary and somewhat psychedelic ! Get inspired and view more work here…!
plural: one that prepares or deals in ornamental plumes or feathers
Known for working with the likes of Christian Louboutin and Jean Paul Gaultier ; Julien Vermeulen is known as one of Paris’ top plumassier ! We came across his bio in the NY Times and knew we needed to share his story!
“His apprenticeships included time with Christian Louboutin and with Jean Paul Gaultier — “who loves feathers” — where he met the legendary plumassier Dominique Pillard. “He made a Gaultier fur using recolored chicken feathers disguised as leopard,” Mr. Vermeulen said. “I thought if one could do leopard with feathers, one could do anything with them…Vermeulen also worked at the historic feather atelier Lemarié, now owned by Chanel ” – NY Times
The National Gallery of Victoria fashion retrospective will be bringing together more than 120 designs including this luxurious Couture Restoration of a 1960’s blue Ostrich feathered Gown. Take an in depth look at the process needed to restore this gown to it’s original glory.
The conservation team has worked on the dress for more than 100 hours.
“With this gown in particular a lot of the feathers were missing from the hip line and the hem,” said Bronwyn Cosgrove, the NGV’s senior conservator of textiles.
“I’d say it was probably about 90 per cent complete. Some original feathers were still present but had come apart or had come away from the under dress and that’s just a matter of securing those back in place and looking for original anchoring points through stitch marks and things like that.”
One of the main challenges the conservation team faced was finding the right shades of blue needed to restore the dress to its original glory. – http://www.abc.net.au/
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!
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
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