|Camel Hair Coat|
Feathers are the most exotic to me - just pure fantasy. They bring to mind glamorous old Hollywood events, Las Vegas stage extravaganzas and the Ziegfeld Follies. Between 1880 and 1920, 50 million pounds of feathers (excluding ostrich) were traded on the London Feather Market. How many feathers would you have to put on a scale to equal that enormous number? Feathers from many species such as marabou, peacock, bird of paradise, ostrich and egret were widely popular as accents on hats in particular, but could also be found decorating garments and other accessories (handbags, fans, etc.). They were even used to create coats and stoles that resembled fox fur. Some species, such as the egrets, were hunted almost to extinction.