Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Mother Plucker

No,  I'm not cursing a blue streak, I just finally checked out the store in LA I'd been told was THE PLACE for feathers - Mother Plucker.  It's a small company about 2.5 miles from the LA Garment District.  They have a website you can order from but it's well worth the visit for feather-o-philes.  There's a reception area with samples and a larger self service warehouse with several aisles of big barrels full of strung and loose feather and more aisles of boas of all kinds.  Prices seemed very reasonable to me - $12.20 per ounce of strung coque feathers for example.  They had everything from loose feathers to strung feathers, pads, wings and boas. And many different types: ostrich, goose, coque, pheasant and the ever popular peacock.  They also make masks, angel wings, like those in the picture on the left and big showgirl style headdresses. And they do custom work as well.

Mother Plucker Feather Company
2511 W 3rd St  Los Angeles, CA 90057
(213) 637-0411
Open From 10am-6pm Mon-Fri


A Boa Row - there were many more of these
Some Ostrich Feather Bins

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibit and FIDM store

Had a very nice time at FIDM with some costume friends today.  We went to see the Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibit they have every year. As usual there were no photos allowed, but I found a link to the costumes we all wanted:  the ones Charlize Theron wore in Snow White and the Huntsman. Drop. Dead. Gorgeous. Even Thor, er the Huntsman's costume was really detailed and well-crafted. While I felt the movie was pretty terrible Colleen Atwood really should have taken home the top prize. The photos don't do the costumes justice, if you're in the area they are worth seeing.

pic courtesy of
Also on display were costumes from Django, Hitchcock, Sparkle, Mirror Mirror, Les Mis, Lincoln, Skyfall, A Royal Affair, The Artist, The Hunger Games, Argo and Anna Karenina. 

The exhibit runs from February 12–April 27, 2013  from 10am–5pm Tuesday through Saturday. 
Exhibition open Easter weekend, March 29 and 30, 10am–5pm 
Admission Free to the Public 

After that we went to the FIDM Scholarship Store.  Tthe FIDM Scholarship Store sells new clothing, jewelry, fabric, and accessories donated by top fashion companies. So you get an odd assortment of samples, one offs, fabric, trim, etc. often at great prices.  This is the place a bunch of us got cards of cotton lace from a while back and where I got my 18th C ish stretch pearl bracelets.  No trim or bling for me this time. No, this time I got a Bebe label faux fur pimp coat for $35.  Woo hoo!  If I wear it with these and a miniskirt I'll be ready for LA "winter!"   ;)