Feathers and flowers are significant forms of embellishment in haute couture and prét-à-porter. There is an extensive process used in creating the petals then the flowers themselves and the skill needed for the final process of featherwork becomes more intense as it nears completion. They all speak to the ultimate craftsmanship of the maisons that specializes in both.
Featured image Iris van Herpen Dress Autumn/Winter 2013-14. Hand stitched strips of laser cut silicone feathers, hand-appliquéd and machine sewn cotton twill.