Feathers can be very effectful too, but is a very time consuming to do. Here is a few outstanding examples.
The first two ones are by Hubert de Givenchy. His muse Audrey Hepburn, here seen at the CFDA in 1989 with Richard Avedon in a red embellished dress with feathers and Boa. Right under a black dress of velvet and satin with dyed feathers.
Number 3 and 5 are silk with feathers by Balenciaga Fall/Winter 1965-66, from The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
In between an evening dress of silk and feathers from 1928, by Louise Boulan- ger (1878 - 1950), also from The Met.
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