Photography Boy Kortekaas
The Birds of Paradise exhibition at MoMu in Antwerp, is a tribute to the elegance and refinement of plumes and feathers used in the fashion industry. Thanks to their beauty, fragility, value and agility they had various connotations and were used throughout history for a variety of fashionable wardrobes, both as an accessory and as part of the entire silhouette.
Featuring silhouettes by Alexander McQueen, Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, Giambattista Valli, Louis Vuitton, CHANEL, Givenchy, Thierry Mugler, Yves Saint Laurent,…
The British sculptor Kate MccGwire was asked to setup some of her works to engage on a dialogue with the feathered fashion creations.
Thierry Mugler, Métamorphose d'une chrysalide en femme papillon, Haute Couture S/S 1997 and tableau of stuffed birds from the collection of the KBIN, Brussels and ZOO Antwerpen at the #birdsofparadise expo at #momuantwerp
White swan at @birdsofparadise at #momuantwerp. @Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton, S/S 2011, dress with bodice in goose feathers and skirt in ostrich feathers.
Feathers and feather patterns are very suitable to create a trompe l'oeil effect.
Feathers are part of Ann Demeulemeester's signature and her world. Since her first show in Paris in 1991 feathers have played a major role in her work; standing for freedom, humbleness and poetry..
Detail from a feathered silhouette by Yves Saint Laurent