Monday, August 30, 2010
Fashion and Feathers
I am so sorry to hear that feathered hats, feathered jackets, even feathered shoes, which use exotic feathers are being seen as fashionable this fall season. I confess a love of fashion, but it is terribly disconcerting to see history repeat itself. Far too many birds were brought to extinction, or near extinction, due to the feathers used in ladies' hats in the 19th and 20th century. The New York Times Fall Fashion section (page 164) and Vogue's weighty fall issue treated the issue of plumage so lightly that I had to double check what I was reading. This move to use exotic feathers is definitely not fashion-forward and compells me to write letters to the editors of the publications which suggested otherwise.