(Closed) What's with the feather hate?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Feathers on a wedding dress
    Love, love, love : (38 votes)
    26 %
    Hate... : (106 votes)
    74 %
  • Post # 17
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    i think they look costumy and a little more crazy than I prefer, personally. I either think childish or Vegas when I see most feather dresses, but there are some tasteful exceptions!

     

    Post # 18
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    I think they’re often pretty, but it depends how/where they’re applied to the dress. For my taste though, they’d be too fussy as a detail, I prefer something plainer. 

    Post # 19
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    When done correctly, I think feathers can be beautiful! I tried on this dress when I went dress shopping and it made it to the top five but it wasn’t the one I chose.  

    Post # 20
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    765 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I don’t care if they are costume-y. I think they’re amazing. Case and point: 

    Alexander McQueen: 

     

    And a longer version of feathered awesomeness…

    Post # 21
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    @kgirl91:  The birds are not killed for their feathers. Birds naturally molt (shed their feathers) and grow new ones so the feathers are harvested then…just like shearing a sheep for wool.

    Post # 22
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    For those saying that feathers are dirty…

    They are cleaned and a lot of them are even bleached and then dyed….no different than wearing a WOOL sweater…do you think that comes off the sheep all shiny and clean?

    Post # 23
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

    I worked in a dress store and any amount of static would have the feathers sticking straight up. It is a pretty detail until you go to climb in and out of your limo and end up looking like big beard sporting an erection…

    Post # 24
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    11972 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    All of the above. For me, too over the top flamboyant,  too trendy, not classic.  

    Post #18 is a beautiful dress. 

    Post # 25
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    I don’t mind them… but I don’t think I would do a dress with feathers personally. It’s a bit flamboyant for my tastes and I’d worry they’d keep falling off lol.

    Post # 26
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @Luayne:  Are you sure?  I know that some feathers, like the chicken feathers you get in a craft store, are byproducts of the meat industry.  I have no information on this, but it seems to me that for the bigger fashion feathers like peacocks, waiting for them to fall out would be unprofitable and slow.  Plus, the feathers might get crushed or trampled after they fall out, which would be very inefficient for getting enough feathers to cover a whole gown.  I know that for a lot of down comforters, the feathers are yanked off the geese while they’re alive- not quite like shearing wool which, though it may not always be comfortable or pain free, is a more natural process. 

    Regarding the dirty thing- I just think birds are nasty.  It has nothing to do with whether they’ve been cleaned or not.  

    Post # 27
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    5423 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2012

    @Mata_Hari:  I love them. I considered a dress with ostrich feathers. 

    Post # 28
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - A court...

    Makes me think swan queen or figure skater costume. Feathers should stay on birds, I have yet to see a drss with feathers that looks nice.

    Post # 29
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    Newbee

    @kgirl91:  

    Birds are very clean, as long as they are healthy and happy. Cleaner than cats and dogs, I would say.  And when they get sick, they die quickly. Plus, most diseases they have are not contagioius to humans, and the ones that are, generally are less severe in humans. There are exceptions, but most of the time they are perfectly safe. 

    Most feathers are probably plucked. It is a little unclear, since most feathers come from China. I think a good number of feathers are cut, too. This is very plausible for peacock feathers, considering the most used feathers come from the ornamental tail. That way, the feathers can be cut away without much fear of harming the bird, since they do not need their tail feathers to stay warm or anything like that. Ostrich plumes come from the wing feathers, so the same applies. 

    Other birds, such as geese, ducks, and chickens, are probably used in the meat industry and the feathers are taken then. Or they are plucked alive.

    Some of the methods are cruel, so you should be careful about buying feathers. Most feather vendors advertise about their feathers being humanely harvested, if that is the case. Feathers from China are most likely from poorly treated birds, but I am not positive if that is true or not. For one thing, packing birds in closely or improper care of them will cause stress. And if a bird is stressed, the feathers will be poor quality and have stress bars, which is unattractive and undesirable. So I think that most birds kept for the harvest of their feathers are taken care of somewhat, at least.

    And all feathers are sanitized and treated before being used.

    Post # 30
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    Newbee

    As for feathers on a dress, it depends. I have seen awful examples, and I have seen absolutely gorgeous ones. Particularly much older fashions. Most modern dresses using feathers are not to my taste. Plus, I am not so sure about the treatment of the birds who provided the feathers… 😛 

    Post # 31
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    Buzzing bee

    I love feathers, but not in huge quantities.

    I’ve seen some feathered dress which are beautiful and other which are horrible, so the style, type of feather, placement etc. all matters.

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