Looking at using unusual materials available in fashion I became fascinated with the romantic and ethereal feeling of Ostrich feather. This feather is Native to Africa and is therefore perfectly suited to our philosophy of using African materials for Local design. Creating design expressions in an original voice results in statement pieces items that can be worn day and night.
The history of feathers.
Feathers have had a wide range of uses for thousands of years. Pillows filled with feathers and down have been made since around 400 C.E . In the mid-nineteenth century, the advent of steel pens replaced the quill of goose feathers as the best writing instruments. Feathers were used for toys, magic and medicine bags. But of most relevance is the use of feathers in personal adornment across time and culture.
Feathers and Flappers.
The women’s vote to right, passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920, and consequently guaranteed that all American women had the right to vote. Achieving this milestone required a lengthy and difficult struggle; victory took decades of agitation and protest. Fashion responded to this new found freedom with one of the defining movements of the decade, the Flapper.
Flappers did what society did not expect from young women. They danced to Jazz music, smoked, wore makeup, spoke their own language, and lived for the moment. Most of all Flapper fashion followed the lifestyle. Skirts became shorter to make a dancing easier. A tubular silhouette, the backless chemise dress the lowered waistline, bobbed hair, feather boas, long necklines and cigarette holders, accompanied the new slang and oodles of art-deco influenced faux jewelry. Flapper became the expression of independent women.
There is no doubt that the sartorial splendor of the 1920’s flappers is at the forefront of the ‘flight of the feather’. Looking at new ways to celebrate the whimsical feathers are emerging in the 21st century. As a result, designers are driving its resurgence. VOUGE has commented. PORTER Fall 2017 cover features the stunning Cameron Russell wearing CALVIN KLEIN feathers. Feathers have been a Rarity signature product, and we are loving the renewed focus on this expressive material.
Our Award-winning Hanna feather purse is available now.