Fluffy Fashion Feathers

Wearing feathers for fashion. There aren't any ceremonial reasons for trying to look/be like a bird, the feathers are being worn just to look nice. Whether wearing large plumes or trimmings of down feathers, it's all fashionable, in fiction or in Real Life.

Common forms are feathers on hand fans, feather boas, plumes on hats, trimming a rich lady's nightgown, trimming Pimped Out Dresses, trimming Sexy Santa Dresses, and trimming sexy lingerie. The latter two also make this trope Fetish Fuel.

Common in Costume Porn.

A Sister Trope to Pretty in Mink (in that many times feathers are worn in a similar way as fur).

Finally, any examples of Peacock Girl, where the feathers are worn instead of a character having a peacock tail, would be examples of this.

Compare Gold Makes Everything Shiny, Feather Motif.


Examples:

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    Advertising 
  • A 2010 ad for Diet Coke, called "Stay Extraordinary", ended with an actress patting down the feather skirt on her dress, before she got out of the limo and on to the red carpet.

    Anime & Manga 

  • Naru's wedding dress in Love Hina had the sleeves trimmed with feathers.
  • The cover of the second volume of Tenjho Tenge had a lady wearing a white bikini and a feather boa.
  • A few feather boas show up in Pokémon, including Jessie's If I Were a Rich Man fantasy and worn by a Socialite on the St. Anne.
  • A dress in Armored Trooper VOTOMS has large feathers spread out in the shoulder like fans.
  • Some of the stage outfits in Sakura Taisen are trimmed with feathers.
  • The Frilly Upgrade additions to the battle dresses in Wedding Peach have feathers. And Salvia wears a feather boa to a yacht party.
  • A white Feather Bikini, paired with a feather Showgirl Skirt and headdress, is worn by a lady in a carnival style celebration in Science Ninja Team Gatchaman.
  • Donquixote Doflamingo in One Piece wears a feather jacket.
  • Shindo Sugata during last episodes of Star Driver
  • Bleach: Before the time-skip, Yumichika accentuated his right eye with two pairs of feathers (multi-hued in the manga, red and yellow respectively in the anime). After the time-skip he's discarded those feathers for very fluffy feathered earrings and a slight feathering at the ends of his eyelashes on both eyes. His Animal Motif (courtesy of his zanpakutou) is the peacock.
  • Raijuta Isurugi from Rurouni Kenshin wears large shoulderpads made of black feathers. In an extra page, the author admit that he regrets giving him those, as they take a long time to draw.
  • In the Sailor Moon episode "Wedding Bell Blues", some of the wedding dresses are trimmed with feathers.
  • In Saint Seiya, the (male) god Hypnos' armor has stylized peacock feathers and a quasi-Holy Halo. This is Shown Their Work since Hypnos would be depicted as a peacock in paintings.
  • On one of the original Fushigiboshi No Futago Hime pages, Altessa is shown wearing a peacock-inspired dress, with the plummage as part of her tiara. You can see it here.

    Comics 
  • Recent DC Comics stories set in 1880s Gotham City have shown Mayor Theodore Cobblepot with a feather in his top hat, and his coat seems to be lined with plumage rather than fur; a Call Forward to his descendant's fondness for birds.
  • In the comic adaptation of Star Trek: The Next Generation, issue #2 was a Christmas Episode, where the crew had a party on the holodeck, and Dr. Crusher wore a dress with a brown feather boa.

    Film 
  • Brian Slade in Velvet Goldmine wears several enormous pink feather boas, and a peacock-like fanned collar of white egret feathers over the course of the film.
  • Satine's "Pink Diamonds" dress in Moulin Rouge! has a Showgirl Skirt of pink feathers.
  • Jennifer Lopez's white dress in The Cell is largely covered with feathers.
  • Ginger Rogers wore a feathered dress for the "Cheek To Cheek" number in Top Hat. (According to Fred Astaire, the feathers caused problems in filming by flying off everywhere during the dance.)
  • The Playboy Bunny outfit Elle was tricked into wearing in Legally Blonde had a feather-trimmed neckline.
  • After David's pants are torn in Bringing Up Baby, he's forced to wear Susan's feather-trimmed nightgown while staying over.
  • Scarlett's red dress in Gone with the Wind is heavily trimmed with plumage.
  • Unsurprising given the setting, the film The Three Musketeers (1956) has a lot of feathered hats. Clothing Damage is frequently emphasized when peoples' hats' feathers get chopped in half.
  • Some of the dresses in the Marie Antoinette films are feather trimmed, including, in the 1930s version, a skirt almost entirely covered with feathers.
  • The brothel owner in Tank Girl wears a dress with very large feathers on it, arranged like Shoulders of Doom.
  • Anakh-Su-Namun wore a feather boa when her men were attacking the O'Connell home in The Mummy Returns.
  • A skimpy pink feather outfit is worn in one scene in The Carpetbaggers.
  • Victoria at the end of the film of Twilight wears a white feather cape while at the prom.
  • Countess Helene in Monte Carlo wears a feather-trimmed dress and cape; she also carries a large ostrich-feather fan at one point.
  • The Busby Berkeley Number "Spin A Little Web Of Dreams" from Fashions Of 1934 used plumes everywhere, to use up an overstock the design house ended up ordering.
  • The tiara The High Queen wore at the end of Disney's Atlantis The Lost Empire has large pink and blue feathers coming out of the back.
  • In the 1961 version of Babes in Toyland, Mary is given a red cape trimmed with white feathers, and a hand muff of white feathers.
  • In My Little Pony: The Movie, Rosedust, the queen of the Flutter Ponies, wears a red feather in her mane.
  • Daphne in Unfaithfully Yours owns a dress with plumes at the hips, that is important both in a fantasy and in reality.
  • The female lead in Underworld (1927) isn't called Feathers for nothing.
  • Shanghai Lily in Shanghai Express (1932) wears a prominent black feather costume.

    Literature 
  • In Bride of the Rat God, an actress at a party wears a dress with marabou straps.
  • One of the bizarre crimes in the Relativity story "Master Blankard's Pawn" is a thief that breaks in to the dressing rooms on a drag show and steals all the feather boas.

    Live Action TV 

    Magazines 

    Music 

    Mythology 
  • Any depiction of Krishna, ever (whether he's two years old and stealing butter or being his usual Bishōnen The Casanova self), ALWAYS has him with a single peacock feather in his headpiece.

    Pinball 

    Professional Wrestling 

    Tabletop Games 
  • The mimir.net fan-expansion of Planescape has the Peacock Lord, a refugee from the Beastlands, who wears a collar of peacock feathers.

    Theatre 
  • Takarazuka productions are also rife with this. Just look them up on YouTube.
  • The 1992 production of Guys and Dolls had chicken costumes for "A Bushel and a Peck" that involved large feather tails.
  • The "traditional" Las Vegas showgirl wears loads with many of her outfits (often in tandem with a Showgirl Skirt).
  • In a Danish production of Wicked, one of Galinda's dresses has a skirt covered with white feathers.

    Toys 
  • Barbie has some outfits with feathers.

    Video Games 

    Web Comics 
  • Penelope from Zoophobia's design is based around a white peacock, and also wears their feathers in her hair. Or possibly has their feathers for her hair, as it's implied she's an Avian, a shapeshifter that can move between a human form and a bird form.

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • A George of the Jungle story told of the Oo-oo Birds, whose tail feathers had the effect of making the women who wore them look gorgeous, resulting in a rash of poachers plucking the hapless birds.
  • The Dinoco girls from Cars.
  • The twins in Barbie in a Christmas Carol wear feather headdresses, one pink and one blue.

    Real Life 
  • Feather earrings and hats with feathers on are often in fashion. Same for handbags with feather decoration.
    • These hats were very popular in the early 20th century. It had the effect of decimating entire populations of herons, egrets, and other birds with fancy plumage.
  • The Fairytale Wedding Dress worn by Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiari, the second wife of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran. See it here and here.
  • The pink dress that Angie Harmon wore to the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards had a feather neckline and feather skirt. Also the designer based it off an earlier wedding dress she made.
  • Cee-Lo Green's performance at the 2011 Grammy Awards used rainbow-colored feathers.
  • Björk's infamous and oft-parodied swan dress that she wore to the Oscars one year. It wasn't just feathers; she rocked the whole bird.
  • Beyoncé wore a show Fairytale Wedding Dress with a feather-trimmed skirt at the 2009 BET awards.
  • The extravagant costumes worn by The Mummers during their annual New Year's Day parade in Philadelphia. Each individual costume has dozens of ostrich feathers, each of which can cost as much as $5. And since some of the clubs have several dozen performers marching down Broad St. in a performance...
  • There is a peacock-themed Fairy Tale Wedding Dress with a skirt covered with peacock feathers. It was made by Vera Wang and set a record for the world's most expensive wedding dress (at 1.5 million USD).
  • While not nearly as elaborate as the above example, Margaret Cho took inspiration from Björk's infamous swan dress and wore a dress covered with peacock feathers to the Grammys when she was up for Best Comedy Album. She recounts in Assassin that she didn't win the Grammy, but she was named Worst Dressed. This was met with cheers from the audience, since it came after a rant on how everyone at awards ceremonies dresses the same and that those named Worst Dressed are actually the best, since they're creating their own look.