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Plumes and Feathers in Fashion Soon at The Bowes Museum
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BIRDS OF PARADISE. Plumes and Feathers in Fashion

The Bowes Museum

Opens 25th of October 2014

FeaturingChanel, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Ann Demeulemeester et al.

This exhibition is an ode to the elegance and refinement of the application of plumes and feathers in fashion and haute couture. Through a mixture of accessories, garments and couture dresses, the different characteristics of the various plumes and feathers are highlighted: sophistication, femininity, wealth, luxury, but also dark romance.

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Alexander McQueen, H/W 2009
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Blue Angel A/W 2012-2013, Roger Vivier
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Cleave, mixed media with crow feathers, Kate McGwire, 2012
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Refined accessories with ostrich, pheasant and marabou feathers showcase the elegance of fashion at Belle Époque at the end of the 19th century. The roaring twenties were the true heydays of garment feathers, as they were used in accessories such as boas and hats for flappers. Gabrielle Chanel also used feathers for her motifs and in the embroidery for her creations and film costumes. Marlène Dietrich’s iconic swan’s down coat is a masterpiece: it is the crowning jewel of the theme of black and white swan in evening dress.

Dries Van Noten, A/W 2013-2014 photo fashioninstallation.com

Dries Van Noten, A/W 2013-2014
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These days, feathers are again all the rage on the catwalk, both in creations of Belgian as well as international fashion designers. The work of Belgian designer Ann Demeulemeester counts here as one of the most poetic examples of the use of feathers.

Dries Van Noten, A/W 2013-2014 photo fashioninstallation.com

Dries Van Noten, A/W 2013-2014
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Folding fan, mount in ostrich feathers dyed in degrade, tortoiseshell sticks decorated with a crown and arms in platinum, diamonds, rubies and enamel, 1928, Altenloh E&R jewelers, Brussels photo fashioninstallation.com

Folding fan, mount in ostrich feathers dyed in degrade, tortoiseshell sticks decorated with a crown and arms in platinum, diamonds, rubies and enamel, 1928, Altenloh E&R jewelers, Brussels
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Installation view of "Birds of Paradise - Plumes & Feathers in Fashion" at MoMu - Fashion Museum Antwerp

Installation view of “Birds of Paradise – Plumes & Feathers in Fashion” at MoMu – Fashion Museum Antwerp

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