Feathers

Indigenous Feather Arts of Mexico

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on May 5, 2018

in CULTURAL ARTS,FEATHER TRENDS,FINE ART

The Indigenous Feather Arts of Mexico also called Plumeria by the Amanteca people dates back to mesoamerica were feathers were valued as symbols of fertility and abundance and were considered to have magical properties and divine powers bestowing riches and power for those who used them or wore them. It was an important artistic and decorative technique in the pre-Hispanic and colonial periods in Mexico  with few surviving examples found in museums and private collections.

“Few works of Aztec feather art survive, although Hernán Cortés sent some as war trophies back to Spain. Following their takeover, the Spanish encouraged amantecas, or feather artists, to continue their work in today’s Mexico City and make icons of Catholic saints. As the editors write, within “months after the arrival of the conquerors, the Amantecas were creating feather objects destined for Europe as well as Asia … In their new settings, feather mosaics stimulated local artists to explore the medium.” – hyperallergic.com

The Mass of St. Gregory, feathers on wood panel, the oldest dated feather work with a Christian subject. Made by or for Diego Huanutzin, nephew and son-in-law of Moctezuma II to present to Pope Paul III, dated 1539, now in the Musée des Jacobins in Auch, France. Saint John the Evangelist (New Spain, 17th century), feather mosaic and paper on copper (Collection Daniel Liebsohn, all images courtesy Himer Verlag unless indicated)

Thankfully we can see some of these works of feather art in Images Take Flight: Feather Art in Mexico and Europe 1400–1700, the first thorough study of Mesoamerican feather mosaics which followed the 2011 exhibition at the National Museum of Art (MUNAL) in Mexico City.

Pages from ‘Images Take Flight: Feather Art in Mexico and Europe’ (photo of the book for Hyperallergic)

Kentucky Derby Milliners from LA to NYC

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on April 1, 2018

in EVENT,FASHION,FEATHER TRENDS,HAIR & HAT

A round up of our favorite Kentucky Derby Milliners from LA to NYC and beyond ; here to help you get inspired for the 2018 Kentucky Derby festivities! There’s only 1 month left… so get your Feathered Derby Hats and Fascinators orders in ASAP. Click through on the image for milliner websites and info!

“Part Southern tradition, part spectacle, the Kentucky Derby hat parade is much of what makes “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports” one of the greatest people-watching events in the world!”

LOS ANGELES, CA Arturo Rios

Arturo Rios is a new generation of talented Fashion Hat Designers from Los Angeles, California; learned his exceptional skills and techniques from legendary Italian hat designer, Karen Indreland. Since 2005, Arturo has been designing fabulous couture headwear worn by famous personalities and clients around the world. Arturo was recently featured in an episode of PBS’s webseries ARTICULATE with Jim Cotter. Watch it here! 

NEW YORK, NY Christine Moore

In 1990 she moved to NYC to assist milliner Rodney Gordon. Under Rodney’s great supervision, Christine created hats for many Opera, Ballet and Broadway productions including The Phantom of the Opera, Will Roger’s Follies, Crazy for You, and many more. In 1994 she established Christine A. Moore Millinery in NYC on 34th Street between the fashion and accessories districts.  Although Christine designs a wide range of hats, she is best known for her explosive racing styles for the Kentucky Derby, two of which are in the Kentucky Derby Museum from when she was named the 2009 “Official Milliner” of the Kentucky Derby Museum. In March of 2018 she was named “Featured Milliner of Kentucky Derby 144”

LOUISVILLE, KY Britni Lynn Knable

Britni’s love of fashion began as a child and continues today. She studied at the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago where she landed a coveted position with Chicago milliner, Linda Campisano. There she quickly discovered that hats and bridal wear were her true passion. After college she headed to New York City, where she studied under world renowned milliner, Tracy Watts. With strong local roots, Britni returned to Louisville to design race day and wedding headwear.

NEW YORK, NY Leah Chalfen

After receiving her bachelor of arts in foreign languages from Temple University, she studied millinery at New York City’s famed Fashion Institute of Technology, completed her graduate study under master milliner Patricia Underwood and trained with the head milliner of the Metropolitan Opera’s costume department.  She was also asked by Tim Gunn of Project Runway, to teach millinery at the famed Parson’s School of Design in New York City where she did so for several years.  

LOUISVILLE, KY Jenny Pfanenstiel

Jenny Pfanenstiel, Master Milliner and owner of Formé Millinery, is internationally recognized for her award winning craft of hand creating and sculpting hats using the highest quality and rare materials found all over the world. Since moving to Louisville, she has had the honor of being named the 2018 “Official Milliner” of the Kentucky Derby Museum.  You can find her permanent hat display at Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby.

AUSTRALIA Cynthia Jones-Bryson March 2017 – Best Millinery at Kentucky Derby, USA

Cynthia Jones-Bryson is an award-winning Australian milliner. She has been designing and making award-winning millinery for the last 16 years. Cynthia studied Fashion Design at Canberra Institute of Technology, with Millinery being one of her chosen subjects. She went on to live in London for several years where she undertook a number of theatrical millinery courses culminating in a love for all things headwear.

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…

PaperCity Magazine

The Valentino feather millinery designed by Philip Treacy are to die for! Of course we are obsessed with anything feathers, but these Ostrich Feathered showstoppers stole our hearts! We want one of each please! Equally beautiful are the Shocking Pink and Peacock Blue “Stripped & Parried” feathered headwear! Scroll down to see all of our favorites including Kaia Gerber who’s pretty in pink.

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“The show opened with a floor-sweeping saffron evening coat and a truly spellbinding headpiece made of turquoise feathers, one of several Philip Treacy–designed headpieces in the show. Some were feathered, while others mimicked leaves and flowers blooming around the models’ heads, and all of them came in a vibrant jewel tone to complement the richly colored clothes: mint with aquamarine; deep red with lime; neon pink with blush. – Vogue

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When thinking about the hats for the collection, I envisioned this ethereal yet very powerful woman,” Treacy explained in the show notes. “She is almost like a celestial image, and the feathers are thought out to give a weightless effect that follows behind her and underlines the dichotomy between concealing and revealing.” – Vogue

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Feather Fashion Trends for 2018

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on January 12, 2018

in DIY,FASHION,FEATHER TRENDS,JEWELRY

Feather fashion trends have sure come a long way and are no longer just associated with Las Vegas Showgirls and Burlesque stage acts. Here are some of our favorite Feather Fashion Trends for 2018 that you can incorporate into you outfit of the day.

Feather Fashion Trends for 2018

Add texture to your #ootd with a Marabou Feather trimmed shoulder bag like this one from Topshop. You can also easily DIY the look for a fraction of the cost with Marabou Feather Boas from The Feather Place and an outdated bag you already own. Simply stitch the feather boas across and voilà…

Feather Fashion Trends for 2018

You can never go wrong in Ostrich Feather Fringe Skirt! Pair it with a chunky sweater or tights, you can wear this feather fashion trend through the changing seasons! Like the marabou feather trimmed bag and all of the trends shown in the blog, You can DIY this feather trend with feathers from The Feather Place.

Feather Fashion Trends for 2018

“No evening gown required. We prefer these statement sandals with jeans and a t-shirt. The ostrich feathers and kid suede give them incomparable softness and the mid heel height means you can walk/dance all night.” CharlotteStone

Check out that touch of Pantone’s Color of the Year, Ultra Violet in the above feather sandals from Charlotte Stone!

Feather Fashion Trends for 2018

Whoever said wearing feathers is too fussy never saw these Cropped Ostrich Feather Trimmed Hoodies. They are fancy but most importantly comfortable and totally functional with removable feather fringe details .

Feather Fashion Trends for 2018

 

“Founded in 2008, The New York City-Based label Tuleste is widely recognized for its eye catching collection of pom pom earrings, statement necklaces, rings and bracelets. ” Tuleste

We love these feather pom pom earrings from Tuleste! They are the PERFECT way to accessorize with small feather details… Made in the USA, you can’t go wrong!