ANTWERP: Birds of Paradise

Recently unveiled at the ModeMuseum in Antwerp is Birds of Paradise, an exhibition dedicated to plume and feather application in fashion and haute couture. The setup boasts accessories, garments and couture dresses, all featuring varied characteristics of plumes and feathers through themes including sophistication, femininity, luxury and dark romance. The presentation delves into the craft of the plumassier, specifically showcasing collaborations between the famed Maison Lemarié and fashion houses like Dior, Chanel, Givenchy and Louis Vuitton. Also on display are accessories made from ostrich, pheasant and marabou feathers, alongside Marlène Dietrich’s iconic swan’s down coat and Coco Chanel’s feathered motifs and embroideries. Other designers featured here include Ann Demeulemeester, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Thierry Mugler, Giambattista Valli and Yves Saint Laurent. –Sarah Ryan Hecht

Birds of Paradise: Plumes & Feathers in Fashion

ModeMuseum Provincie Antwerpen – MoMu

Nationalestraat 28 2000 / 32 (0)34702770

On view through August 24, 2014

Photos courtesy of the museum

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