Plumes and Feathers in Fashion – An exhibition at the Bowes Museum

This morning, I once again ventured north for another enjoyable trip to the Bowes Museum to view the Plumes and Feathers in Fashion exhibition.  This small exhibition explores the elegance and refinement of feathers in the fashion industry from accessible accessories, to the truly avant-garde. Below are a few of my images.

Animal skin dress, thermally shaped synthetic scales, embellished with ostrich feathers, sequins, rhinestones, horse hair and bead embriodery
Animal skin dress, thermally shaped synthetic scales, embellished with ostrich feathers, sequins, rhinestones, horse hair and bead embriodery
The exhibition opens with this stunning Thierry Mugler dress from 1997
The exhibition opens with this stunning Thierry Mugler dress from 1997
Blouse and skirt in silk with beaded embroidery and ostrich feathers
Blouse and skirt in silk with beaded embroidery and ostrich feathers
Post McQueen, McQueen - that's why its not at the V&A!
Post McQueen, McQueen – that’s why its not at the V&A!
Swan wings with a 3D effect with ostrich feathers, swan down and chicken feathers - Nina Ricci by Olivier Theyskens
Swan wings with a 3D effect with ostrich feathers, swan down and chicken feathers – Nina Ricci by Olivier Theyskens
Ann Demeulemeester A/W 2011-2012
Ann Demeulemeester A/W 2011-2012
Rochas by Olivier Theyskens
Rochas by Olivier Theyskens
Rochas by Olivier Theskens
Rochas by Olivier Theskens
Rochas up close
Rochas up close

The exhibition is accompanied by an informative brochure – charting the history of the plumassiers (feather processing) to the mythology surrounding the different plumes.

The exhibition is showing throughout the Easter holidays and, if you’re interested in political satire, you can also catch the equally enthralling sketches by Gerald Scarfe.

 

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