Birds of Paradise: Plumes and Feathers in Fashion

The Bowes Museum

25 October 2014 – 19 April 2015

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Featuring extravagant catwalk creations from Alexander McQueen, Jean Paul Gaultier, Balenciaga, Prada and Gucci.

Originating with the ancient profession of the plumassier, feathers have been used in fashion design for hundreds of years. This exhibition – originally shown at the MoMu Fashion Museum in Antwerp – explores their associations with refinement, luxury and romance, drawing on the work of the world's leading designers.

Among the highlights are samples from one of the last traditional feather studios, Parisian Maison Lemarié, which were produced specially for this exhibition. These rare pieces are shown alongside fans, hats and haute couture items, as well as an unusual pair of feather shoes from Rogier Vivier.

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Opening times

Mon – Sun, 10am – 5pm

Closed 25, 26 Dec and 1 Jan

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