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.


Peggy said...

That is a shame. I say, if you don't find a feather on the ground, leave it alone!!

Dianne Engleke said...

I thought at least the Times knew better and wouldn't help create a market for these monstrosities.

Anonymous said...

I am also truly shocked to see fashion again sink so low. Fur, feathers, leather.....glad my daughter talked me into being a vegetarian. if this upsets you do not delve into the Aviculture industry, rare and endangered species trading, exporting, importing. Really sickening stuff.
good to see your comments today. I am doing an album on facebook about the subject if you want to visit and see it. Louise Boutin from Zanzibar.
Not really I am from Vancouver island, but you have to type that in to find me and friend me.
Thanks again.

Nadine @ BDG said...

Thanks Louise, I'll definitely look you up on Facebook!