Ever since Marie Antoinette added exotic plumes to her headdress in the 18th century, feathers have rarely been absent from female fashion, with featherwork continuing to be integral to luxury haute couture fashion. Discover the role of the plumassier, the master feather worker and couture artisan, from the eighteenth century to present day haute couture.
PAOLA DI TROCCHIO is Curator, Fashion and Textiles at the NGV, Melbourne. This year she is co-ordinating co-curator of the upcoming exhibition, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk opening at the NGV in October. Previous exhibitions include Edward Steichen and Art Deco Fashion, ManStyle, Lace in Fashion, Drape: classical mode to contemporary dress, Black in Fashion: Mourning to Night and Remaking Fashion.
Jean Paul Gaultier (France, 1952 - ), Les Indes galantes [Romantic India] collection, Lascar dress | Haute couture, spring-summer 2000 © Patrice Stable /Jean Paul Gaultier