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!

2018 Color of the Year Ultra Violet

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on January 3, 2018

in FEATHER TRENDS

2018 Color of the Year Ultra Violet “lights the way to what it yet to come”… and we have the feathers to match! With a large assortment of ultra violet shades and feather styles, we are confident that you will find what you need for Color of the Year inspired fashion design, home decor and art & craft projects. Our feathers are available in Feather Fringes, Feather Boas, Feathers by the Yard, Pre-Packaged Craft and Fancy Feathers in Bulk. We even have Fantasy Angel Ostrich Feather Wings; perfect for carnival, cosplay and more! There’s something for every budget and project! Need more inspiration… Shop our LA and NYC Showrooms and get up close & personal with our feathers!

2018 Color of the Year Ultra Violet “A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future…” Pantone

Complete your fantasy costume with these fabulous Ostrich Feather Wings

Rooster Coque Tail Feather Fringe available in 2 sizes by the yard! 12″-14″ 1 Yard $15.14 and 14″-16″ 1 Yard $21.49

Pheasant Plumage $12.54yd, Rooster Hackle $13.91yd, and Parried Goose Pallet Feathers by the yard $8.75yd and half yard $15.46. These shades of violet are sure to complement any project!

Create fun and dramatic party decor with these Lavender Chandelle Feather Pom Poms available in 3 sizes! Chandelle Feather Pom Poms $6.12-$17.50

Feather boas are a sure way to a liven up any look! Available in Chandelle, Marabou and Ostrich with Lurex. Click each image for more info…

Add Ultra Violet feather details with these Small Pre-Packaged Feathers. Perfect for your arts and craft projects. Lady Amherst Crest Plumage $3.75 ea and Goose Pallet Feathers $2.40

Ostrich Drabs are available in 4 sizes by the dozen $5.50-$37.95 a DZ. You can also buy in bulk by the 1/4lb!

Zendaya vogues in feathers for VOGUE July 2017

by The Feather Place NYC on August 2, 2017

in FASHION,FEATHER TRENDS

VOGUE magazine is always bringing the freshest trends and designs to our thirsty, fashion-craving eyes, and the July 2017 issue is no exception. We here at TheFeatherGirl would like to lavish special attention on the July 2017 issue because – FEATHERS!!Former Disney-teen-princess-turned-fashionista Zendaya on the cover of Vogue July 2017. Striped Rooster Coque tails and Ostrich. Top by Calvin Klein.

VOGUE July 2017 sees Disney-teen-princess-turned-fashionista Zendaya adorned with feathery tops and hats and jackets that are sure to ruffle your feathers (in a good way!)

Zendaya wearing various feathered pieces.

From the cover to the editorial, Zendaya and photographer Mario Testino show off the ease and elegance of wearable feather fashion — from the flirty Fausto Puglisi ostrich feather-trimmed shirt, to the absolutely gorgeous J.W. Anderson chain-mail dress with sectional Grey ostrich, these pieces truly highlight that fashion and feathers are a match made in heaven! And the black marabou feather pom-pom earrings by Tuleste (pictured far left) are the epitome of chic elegance!

Zendaya and nieces sporting ostrich feather-trimmed hats by Gigi Burris.

And don’t forget to visit  THE FEATHER PLACE website, where you’ll find feathers and products that you can use to make your own stunning feathery designs! If you’re in the NY or LA area, be sure to stop in at our showroom locations.

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.”

Hat's off to Hedda Hopper | The REAL Hedda Hopper

Hat’s off to Hedda Hopper !  Having recently watched FX Networks FEUD where scene after scene, Judy Davis’s character dons the most beauty feather hat, I was inspired to know more about the real Hedda Hopper and all of her hats!Hat's off to Hedda Hopper | Judy Davis as Hedda Hopper

“Judy Davis’ Hedda Hopper wears a succession of fantastic hats in “Feud,” which make for the most notable TV chapeaus of the year…

“Jack McConnell was a major milliner [of the era,] so we used a lot of his hats,” Eyrich says. “A bunch of our hats we got from a store here in Los Angeles called The Way We Wore. They have an amazing hat room that I had so much fun digging through.”

Murphy wanted hats with movement, so Eyrich added long, iridescent black feathers to one cap-like white hat. Another hat looks like an alien ship had landed on the wearer’s head.”Variety 

Hat's off to Hedda Hopper | Judy Davis as Hedda Hopper

Mesmerized by the plethora of feather hats Davis wore, we found these amazing images of the original gossip girl and Hollywood royalty ! Boy did she love to wear off the top feather hats! Ostrich Feather, Rooster Feather, She wore it and said it all!  Here are a few of our favorites! We hope you find some inspiration, especially with the Kentucky Derby around the corner!

Hat's off to Hedda Hopper

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Ostrich Feathers Reign

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on March 29, 2017

in FASHION,FEATHER TRENDS

Ostrich Feathers reign this season when it comes to fashion details! Prada, Elie Saab and Chanel’s’ Fall/Winter 2017 RTW collections are perfect examples of that! Bright and Bold Ostrich PlumesFringes and Boas used in abundance furthermore proves that feather trends are here to stay! Let’s take a look !

FALL 2017 RTW ELIE SAAB COLLECTION FALL 2017 RTW CHANEL COLLECTION FALL 2017 RTW PRADA COLLECTION