Are you a fan of feathers? You have until April 19th 2015 to see 'Birds of Paradise: Plumes & Feathers in Fashion' at The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co Durham.
The show is presented by MoMu Fashion Museum Antwerp and The Bowes is the only UK venue to be showing the fashion exhibition...so that is quite a feather in their cap! I visited..it was gorgeous.
Unfortunately many of my pictures were shaky due to a combination of low light and high caffeine. If you can not get to Barnard Castle you will find photos and information on The Bowe's site and blogger Pink Bow attended the exhibition and she always has good pictures.
One of the very helpful assistants showed me that the feathers in this dress are all inserted from the inside out for maximum fluffiness.
One of the last Parisian design houses to practise “plumassier” - the traditional way of using plumes in haute couture has made samples especially for the exhibition.
The colours and textures are exquisite. Chicken on a sleeve anyone?
The dress beside the rooster coat is embroidered with feathers.
It is a gorgeous drive over the hills from my home in Stocksfield to The Bowes Museum but is a little too far to make frequent visits. However, I bought an annual membership so will make an extra effort. There are some wonderful exhibitions throughout the year. Go to The Bowes website to learn more about this collection and other highlights for this year.
PS. We have some fabulous, feather stencils to order from our site at The Stencil Library, put feather into the search to find them. The fan dancer stencil and the vintage feathers are particularly lovely.