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Comme des Garcon,  Art  of the “In- Between” is a brilliant exhibition that combines fashion and art.  The exhibition explores the avant-garde design works by Kawakubo.  It takes us away from our comfort zone and brings us to this completely deconstructed world and challenges us on the different conventional notions of good taste, aesthetics, beauty and fashionability. “In- Between” explores some of Kawakubo’s works dating from 1980’s all the way  to some of her most recent collections.
This exhibition takes us into different stages  of aesthetics where we are able to see the revolutionary experiments in “In-Betweenness” (The place between boundaries).  It’s divided into nine different area where kawakubo’s explores notions of aesthetics, which include:  Absence/Presence, Design/Not Design, Fashion/Antifashion, Model/ Multiple,  Then/Now, High/Low, Self/Other, Object/ Subject and Clothes/ Not Clothes. 
The explosion of feather textures is introduced to the Fiction/ Fact Section where Kawakubo explores storytelling tendencies which are presented into three thematic collections: Blue Witch and it’s Predecessors Lilith, Dark Romance, Witch.  The silhouettes showed in these  collections are a dismantle of man’s formal wear transformed into surrealist  abstract displacements. The silhouettes and forms are distorted and that allows a sense of storybook-like disorientation.
These are our images from the show…Enjoy!

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.”

Met Gala Feather Fashion Favorites

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on April 28, 2017

in EVENT,FASHION,FEATHER TRENDS

With the Met Gala just around the corner, we thought we would highlight our Met Gala Feather Fashion Favorites from over the years! We can only imagine the amazing gowns and couture garments that will be worn at this years gala showcasing the works of Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons. So here we go and in no particular order except for the queen herself… CHER

Cher and her designer Bob Mackie arrive at a the very first Met Gala, in 1974. She is wearing a Mackie bodysuit embroidered with feathers and crystals. Mackie said of his muse, “She had such an unbelievable body. She could wear anything.” Lady Gaga arrives at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating “China: Through the Looking Glass” on Monday, May 4, 2015, in New York. NEW YORK, NY – MAY 02: Allison Sarofim attends the ‘Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology’ Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images) Philip Treacy mohawk worn by Sarah Jessica Parker Met Gala – Costume Institute Gala for the ‘PUNK: Chaos to Couture’ exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, May 6, 2013 Rita Ora metallic feathers strategically structured Vera Wang dress at Met Gala 2016 Red Carpet Beyoncé Knowles was dressed in a Givenchy gown with feathers for the “Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2012 in New York City. Kate Bosworth in Prada for the “Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2012 in New York City. Cate Blanchett in Alexander McQueen for the “Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2012 in New York City. Actress Mary Kate Olsen attends the Metropolitan Museum of Art costume institute benefit gala Poiret King of Fashion at the Met on May 7 2007 in New York City. Naomi Campbell in Burberry at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating “China: Through the Looking Glass” on Monday, May 4, 2015, in New York. Saoirse Ronan in Christopher Kane attends the ‘Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology’ 2016 Costume Institute Met Gala in New York Daphne Guinness Makes a Grand Entrance in Alexander McQueen at the 2011 Met Gala “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty,” Kirsten Dunst’s Louis Vuitton plunging gown was covered in a skirt of delicate feathers from the waist down. Met Ball 2013 Keri Russell in Altuzarra attends the ‘China: Through The Looking Glass’ Costume Institute Benefit Gala 2015 Lupita Nyong’o in Prada at the 2014 Met Gala “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” Costume Institute Gala NEW YORK, NY – MAY 02: Zoe Saldana attends the ‘Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology’ Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images) NEW YORK, NY – MAY 07: Diane Kruger attends the “Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage) NEW YORK, NY – MAY 02: Tennis player Serena Williams attends the “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

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 !

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International Pillow Fight Day 2017

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on March 15, 2017

in EVENT,FEATHER TRENDS

International Pillow Fight Day 2017

International Pillow Fight Day

If you can’t beat em’ join em’ at this year International Pillow Fight Day! Mark your calendars… On Saturday, April 1st 2017, there will be massive pillow fights around the world! Get ready and fill your pillow cases with the help of The Feather Place … where you can get Loose Turkey in bulk and in a variety of bright and bold colors! SHOP Loose Turkey Feathers Vibrant Assorted Mixed

Check out this site to see where your local Pillow Fight Day will be held and Make Sure it’s Not CANCELLED! Also and most importantly do your part and help clean up afterwards. Bring a face mask and safety glasses to prevent feather inhalation and irritation! BYO Pillow (feather pillows preferred) and remember Do not swing at people without pillows or carrying cameras.

Los Angeles, CA

Time: 4:00
Location: Pershing Square – DTLA, CA
Host: Assaad Georges and Kelli Klaus
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 Shop our Los Angeles Showroom – Click here for more info!

Atlanta

Time: 3:00
Location: Grant Park
Host: Foottrack
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Talk Derby to me with Headcandi Hats and Fascinators … our newest favorite Kentucky Derby Milliner! Using only fine quality materials and feather styles like Dyed and Natural Lady Amherst Pheasant, Ostrich Plumes, Rooster, Peacock Tails and Swords… There were so many Hats and Fascinators we loved and had to share them with you all! What we love the most about her designs is how she color coordinates her fabrics and feathers, always adding a pop of color!

Founded in 2003 by designer Britni Lynn Knable, hEADcANDi specializes in handcrafted fashion forward hats, fascinators, and accessories for Race Day and Wedding events…Building on inspiration from both classic vintage styles and current fashions, hEADcANDi is able to design pieces that have set us apart as the leading Milliner in the South!

ABOUT BRITNI
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. – www.etsy.com/shop/headcandi

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6 Facts about the year of the Rooster 2017

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on January 26, 2017

in CULTURAL ARTS,EVENT,FEATHER TRENDS,HOLIDAY

6 Facts about the year of the Rooster 2017

We are only days away from the 2017 Chinese New Year! Here are some fascinating “Year of the Rooster” facts you may not know about!

1. A Rooster year doesn’t start from January 1st!

A zodiac year starts from ‘Start of Spring’ according to the traditional Chinese solar calendar, and ‘Start of Spring’ is on February 3rd in 2017. However, most Chinese tend to name a zodiac year from Chinese New Year according to the traditional Chinese lunar calendar, thus the 2017 lunar year of the Rooster starts on January 28th.

2. Roosters will be unlucky in 2017!

According to Chinese astrology, people in their zodiac year are believed to offend the God of Age, and incur his curse. It is believed that Roosters (people who were born in 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, etc.) will be unlucky in 2017.

3. Rooster year 2017 has 2 springs!

Actually “spring starts” twice in lunar year 2017, according to the traditional Chinese solar calendar, which starts with a period called ‘Start of Spring’, which always begins within two days of February 4.

As lunar year 2017, starts on January 28th 2017, and finishes on February 15th 2018, there will be two ‘Start of Spring’s, one on February 3th 2017, and another on February 4th 2018.

Not all lunar years have two ‘Spring Starts’. Lunar years can have one start of ‘Start of Spring’, but sometimes none! This is because a Chinese lunar year can start any day from January 21st to February 20th, and is either about 354 or about 384 days long.

4. There are 13 months in year of the Rooster 2017!

To keep the Chinese lunar calendar within half a month of the traditional solar calendar, there will be a leap month in 2017 (a second lunar month 6 starting July 23rd). So there are 13 lunar months instead of 12, which means there are 384 days in Rooster year 2017.

5. The Rooster is the fowl with five virtues.

Roosters were very important in people’s daily lives in ancient times. They were not only treated as food, like today, but in ancient times people regarded them as a mascot since they ate harmful insects.

(The shape of China on a map is often likened to a rooster by Chinese — with its beak above Japan (the worm), and Korea as its wattle, etc.)

As recorded in Hanshiwaizhuan (‘韩诗外传’, the External Commentary of Han Odes), Roosters have five virtues: literary, military prowess, courageous, benevolent, and trustworthy.

6. Rooster hours are from 5pm to 7pm.

In ancient times, people didn’t have watches or clocks; they used the 12 Earthly Branches to divide a day into 12 two-hour periods. Every period was named after a different Earthly Branch.

For the sake of entertainment and convenience, people replaced them with the 12 zodiac signs, according to their sequence, inventing sayings to relate each period to each animal’s behavior. Rooster hours are from 5pm to 7pm, when roosters go back to their coops.

– http://www.chinahighlights.com/

As seen in Southern Living : Feathers

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on December 19, 2016

in FEATHER TRENDS

As seen in Southern Living : Feathers! Decorating with Feathers never looked so good!  Southern Livings’ Special Double Issue featured 232 ways to add Joy, Spirit & Sparkle to your Christmas decor and of course they chose to use feathers! Adorn your front door, tree topper and table setting with natural pheasant tails this holiday season! Feathers sure do add Joy and Spirit to any gathering and are perfect for every occasion!

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The rarest of Aztec Feather Headdresses

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on December 16, 2016

in CULTURAL ARTS,FEATHER TRENDS,FINE ART

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 rarest of Aztec Feather Headdresses ” 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

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Fly Fishing Feather Boutonnieres

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on November 25, 2016

in BRIDAL,FEATHER TRENDS

There’s two less fish the sea this fall and these fly fishing feather boutonnieres and details are perfect for your fishing enthusiast groom and groomsmen! What groom would want a pair of his very own Fly Fishing Feather Boutonniere and Cufflinks!? We love how there’s not limit to what you can do with feathers and a little bit of creativity! Fly Fishing Feather Boutonnieres e37fca7eeaaefa220eca21736e95c53cFly Fishing Feather Boutonnieres You can even personalize your very own fly fishing feathered lure inspired party favors and keepsakes to keep within your theme wedding! Couples who are planning their weddings and want to add some personal outdoorsman flair would love these fishing inspired details. Check out how this couple even incorporated fishing into their wedding decor and wedding engagement photography!

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