Birds of Paradise – Plumes and Feathers in Fashion is a new exhibition coming to the award winning Fashion & Textile Gallery at The Bowes Museum starting October 25.
The exhibition is a tribute to the elegance of feathers used in the fashion industry both past and present. It features extravagant catwalk creations from from British, Belgian, French and Italian designers including Alexander McQueen, Dries Van Noten, Jean Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler, Balenciaga, Prada and Gucci.
The exhibition focuses on the ancient profession of plumassier in cooperation with the Parisian Maison Lemarié, one of the last traditional feather studios. This fashion house has specialised in processing plumes, primarily for French haute couture, since 1880. Maison Lemarié is making samples of its beautiful feather work especially for this exhibition.
Birds of Paradise – Plumes and Feathers in Fashion runs from October 24, 2014, to April 19, 2014.