Feathers show up everywhere in the world of weddings, in bridal headpieces and even in wedding cakes, but I’ve found that full feather wedding gowns are rare beasts indeed… at least in real life. In the heads, sketchbooks, and workshops of gown designers, however, feather wedding gowns come into their own.
Take this creation, for example. Recently presented at a wedding expo held in Nanjing, China, this brilliant wedding gown (valued at $1.5 million) was sewn by eight skilled craftsmen over a two month period using 2,009 peacock tail feathers and 60 Hetian jades. Do I like it? Why, yes, I do, though I am curious to know how they procure the feathers. Pluck them from live birds? Harvest them from dead ones? Maybe it’s best that I don’t know?
One other thought comes to mind: I’d caution any bride-to-be considering this wedding gown to watch out for lady peacocks, who may just go out of their minds at the sight of the grandest male bird they have ever seen in their lives.