When it comes to fashion, Alexander McQueen has used feathers for decades in his couture creations. Currently at the Metropolitan Museum in NYC, his retrospective is on exhibit, showcasing over 100 of his fashionable fantasies, including this striking red and black ostrich piece.
|ALexander McQueen at the Metropolitan Museum|
|Bergdorf Goodman Windows 5th Ave|
Another iteration of this technique is in the use of taxidermy. Exotic birds express luxury, whether holding a Louis Vuitton hand bag or setting a romantic mood.
|Ostrich at Louis Vuitton|
|Albino Peacock at Ralph Lauren|
|Mondrain Hotel SOHO NYC|
So, if all of this feather flapping has you excited and you want to incorporate a little fluffery into your own life, I have a few ideas. If you're not ready to spring for a piece of McQueen, how about just stick a feather in your cap (and call it macaroni!), or a few small ones in your hair. If a feather lampshade doesn't match you decor, consider adding a few beautiful plumes to your blooms, and create a custom floral arrangement. Or the next time you are wrapping a gift, add some feathers to your package and the look of your gift will soar!
|Feather Gift Wrap by Alton DuLaney|
For more great gift-wrap ideas check out my class on Craftsy.com, where I do a whole flora and fauna theme of decorating your gifts.
And for the best feathers, check out the Feather Place on line, for the widest selection of feathers from around the world.
They also do a cute blog, the Feather Girl: