Feather obsessions

Feathers are amazing structures and its no wonder they have been used in fashion since as long as people have been adorning themselves. There are a large number of feather types commonly used in fashion and even more ways to use them. In this post I am going to look at Ostrich. A versatile feather as it can be used as a whole feather or pulled apart.

feather and lace gold dress

This dress is probably the most simple way to use feathers, a light scattering of ostrich wisps applied to lace.  When feathers are added to light fabrics they are usually stitched which can be time consuming so to keep the numbers down can save time and effort. These feathers have been dyed to match the dress colour. Dying feathers is actually quite easy.

jummy choo feather wedding shoes

Shoes by Jimmy Choo, well outside of my budget but I wonder if some glue and feathers could make a more simple pair of heels this incredible?

feather ball gown

I am sure this couture feather skirt by Giambattista Valli was hand sewn individual tufts of feathers. It is possible to cheat a little as feathers are available already strung like a fringe. These fringes would then be applied to the skirt. 

Vintage feather cape.

Vintage feather cape.

This vintage cape is using Ostrich feathers in their natural untreated colour. These feathers are likely applied by splitting the main quill and sewing down each half.

Here are some feathers looking lovely for your enjoyment.

Feather ideas for wedding

feather ideas for wedding dress

 

 

Coloured veil

Here is a little collection of coloured veils. A bright coloured veil offers a wonderful contrast against a white dress. Use the same colour highlights throughout your bridesmaids flowers and invites to tie the whole look together. These images use mostly russian or birdcage veiling but colours can also be found in bridal tulle for a more traditional style.

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Cortana

Silk Tulle and mesh is a wonderful fabric, I was perhaps a little harsh on it when discussing veils but it can make amazing dresses. Spanish designer Cortana has taken a fine silk mesh and made it their signature. The mesh they use is a little heavier than a veil tulle but it still has all the wonderful drape and needs no edging.

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There is something a little grown up about this fabric. It has a soft matte finish and a sheer but not too sheer look. I Imagine these dresses would all be perfect for wedding in an intimate restaurant overlooking the sea. Ceremony on the deck and then wine and dinner inside, glowing with candles as a storm rolled in.

Delphine Manivet

When I first saw this dress I was enthralled. To be honest I am not entirely sure if I like it or not but I immediately bookmarked it for posting about so I am assuming I do. Designed by French designer Delphine Manivet it does seem to work perfectly with this modern and confidant New York bride. The rest of her wedding is wonderful, photos here.

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This dress was from a collection with a few other full skirts. In one photo you can catch a cheeky glimpse under the skirt and see a structured crinoline. This would have been light to wear and moved as she moved.

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Spots

The ladies of the 50’s really did have style skills that have been almost lost to us now. One of these was their ability to wear polka dots. That perhaps isn’t entierly true as there are below some lovely modern brides re-interpreting the spot.

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Large and small dots together. They look great in black and white but I wonder what colour they were?

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Another cascade of spots in chiffon. A little contrast added through a fine black lace trim on the hem. I would love to see the front, Is the strip around her shoulders a shawl or large collar?

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A wonderful way to wear spots, A maxi skirt with a contrast top to break up the pattern.

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 I love this spotty tulle over the contrast lining.

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Incredibly stylish spots from Valentino. Perfectly matched shoes as well.

 

Shibori wonderland

Tie dye has been reborn. The Japanese art of Shibori with its fine crinkles and deep Indigo is far more sophisticated than the tie dye of school craft and hippy music festivals.

The dress below and above are amazing examples of dyeing techniques used on a finished dress to create complex details. I think the thing that appeals to me the most is the danger involved at the moment when you take the lovely silk dress and place it in the dye, hoping for the best.

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These dresses are made using a dye technique applied to the fabric before making. Less risky but still lovely.

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