Exhibition

Feathers and Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy

The Birds of Paradise exhibition has amongst its silhouettes two extraordinary haute couture looks loaned to MoMu by Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy.

Detail of the dress Zuzanna, Haute Couture A/W 2011-2012 by Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy

Detail of the dress Zuzanna, Haute Couture A/W 2011-2012 by Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy

The first dress, Zuzanna, Haute Couture A/W 2011-2012 is a work of curled goose feathers in appliqué on white pony skin, with pearl embroidery and appliqué of ostrich feathers, and the silk skirt is embroidered with lace and ostrich feathers. The detail in the backside of the dress is a fine example of the métier of haute couture, especially in combination with the belt in gilded pony skin and stingray, through which the curled feathers are woven.

Dress Copaifera by Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy Haute Couture A/W 2010-2011 at Birds of Paradise, MoMu - Fashion Museum Antwerp, Photo: Monica Ho

Dress Copaifera by Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy Haute Couture A/W 2010-2011 at Birds of Paradise, MoMu – Fashion Museum Antwerp, Photo: Monica Ho

Another example of the mix of handwork and new technology in a couture outfit is the second Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci silhouette, Copaifera, Haute Couture Autumn-Winter 2010–2011, in which a long dress in silk tulle is hand-dyed in a gradient and embroidered with ostrich feathers and laser cut leather lace panels. The long jacket with embroidery of fine bands of leather is an incredibly detailed work of couture ateliers that results in a contemporary, modern structure.

Both silhouettes exude luxury, elegance and are pristine examples of the contemporary fusion of creative vision with age-old couture crafts.