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Ann Demeulemeester on feathers, fashion & freedom

MoMu asked the Antwerp designer Ann Demeulemeester to select a series of silhouettes for the Birds of Paradise expo that highlight her use of feathers in different ways. Feathers, and especially pigeon feathers are part of Ann Demeulemeester’s signature and her world. They stand for freedom, humbleness and poetry. Have feathers always played an important […]

Maison Lemarié and the art of the plumassier

Dating back to the 17th and 18th century the craft of processing feathers in Paris was limited to the feather workers or plumassiers who had their own Guild. An apprentice had to work in the business for six years and produce a masterpiece before he could become a master. The plumassier was considered to be […]

Yves Saint Laurent and feathers

The exhibition Birds of Paradise concludes with a group of silhouettes created by one of the most important designers of the 20th century: Yves Saint Laurent. The way Saint Laurent used feathers marked a new era in the 1960s. Moreover, the silhouettes demonstrate that he continued to use feathers until his career ended in the […]

Thierry Mugler at Birds of Paradise

The opening gown of this exhibition was designed by Thierry Mugler. A velvet dress with trompe-l’oeil butterfly pattern in the back cut-out, made by Maison Lemarié with peacock feathers, rooster feathers, eagle feathers and feathers from a bird of paradise. A huge butterfly is suggested by means of feathers in the open back of the […]

Feather fans

Since the renaissance feather fans have been used in European courts, where they are considered to be a luxury item and a status symbol. In the early 19th century, French Royal Courts would organise balls with historic themes that referred to the ‘ancien regime’, the era before the French revolution. As a result the feather […]

Birds by Melchior d’Hondecoeter

The introduction to the exhibition is a painting by Melchior d’Hondecoeter, a loan from elaborate collection the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp. The Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp is currently undergoing major renovation, which will take until the end of 2017. The painting is presented next to a tableau with 23 stuffed birds […]

Kate MccGwire

Kate MccGwire from MoMu Fashion Museum Antwerp on Vimeo. ‘I collect, sort, reuse, layer, peel, burn, reveal, localise, question, duplicate, play and photograph.’ MoMu invited the renowned British artist Kate MccGwire to intervene with her works in the expo Birds of Paradise. MccGwire primarily works with pigeon and crow feathers, birds that today evoke mainly […]

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. 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 […]

Trompe-l’-oeil feathers

Feathers and feather patterns are very suitable to create a trompe-l’-oeil effect. They can also be treated in such a way that they do not even resemble a feather anymore. In addition, one can work with feather prints or use other materials that are made to look like feathers. Thanks to the wide variety and […]


Pheasant is the vernacular name of many species of the Phasianinae subfamily (Galliformes order). There are twenty-three species of the pheasant itself, not counting the closely related species sic as Peafowl, Tragopan and Junglefowl,… Like most birds that nest on the ground, the females have a dull plumage which camouflages them when they brood, whereas […]