4.21.2010

Pretty precious plumage



That's just a sweetie pretty awesomeness, being minimalist bohemian without falling off turning mawkish, sharply touching and chic without a touch of infantilism (not really at all). It comes from the peaceful and at least apparently humble genius of Tithi Kutchamuch, from the emotional loss of her family dog and the naïve wish to have taken her pet always with her. Although dead birds in fashion jewellery are inexplicably omnipresent (not just as sources of inspiration, even very physically), Tithi's "Companion Parrot" is really a breath of fresh air, without much of the melodramatic tone of her illustrious colleagues.
Shaun Leane, at least while working for McQueen, has always shown himself proud of his dead-bird-fethicism. And we are proud of his too.

photos from the fashion criminal

Simon Costins pairs bird parts with tulle, carved black wood beads, and rabbit skulls with hematite eyes.


photo from the fashion criminal

Stephen Jones pushes it further with an integral mask with a charming, mystical story I'm copying and pasting from the metmuseum blog.

"The Costume Institute commissioned this mask for the 2006 exhibition “Anglomania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion.” Milliner Stephen Jones was given the problem of creating a headdress for a Christian Dior Haute Couture gown by John Galliano (a designer whose long-standing collaborative relationship with Stephen Jones on both his own line and that of the House of Dior prompted the Museum’s choice of milliner). The gown, of black silk, had been inspired by Marchesa Luisa Casati, the early-twentieth-century style icon and eccentric, and was to be shown in the Croome Court Tapestry Room in the English Period Rooms. The curator’s conceit was to express a Francophilic phenomenon by placing the French dress by a British designer in the English room with Gobelins tapestries. The room with its avian subjects had been commissioned by George William, the sixth Earl of Coventry. His wife, the actress Maria Gunning, was a great Regency beauty and notorious narcissist who died of poisoning from the lead in her pallor-enhancing face powder. Jones’s response to this pairing of the narratives of “death by vanity” and of the room’s décor was to transfigure the voluminous black gown with a surreal anthropomorphizing of the bird motif and associate it with a portent of death, a crow’s head. Jones’s whimsy appears in his incorporation of an inexpensive metal hairclip for the bird’s beak."

I'm thinking about starting hunting pigeons in the main squares of our cities of art.

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