What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Feathered Finery


Julia Chew/Xiaolin

Of all the costume-making materials with which I’ve worked, feathers are both my favorite and my least favorite. I learned the hard way that when you cut a feather, those wee fibers go absolutely everywhere, and like glitter, only time and vigilance can eradicate them. So I have extra respect (and sympathy) for designer Julia Chew of Xiaolin Design. Her Tampa, Florida, studio must be lousy with the stuff.

Chew creates luxurious, dramatic-yet-wearable designs that I long to see (and pet) in person. Her use of feathers combined with silk fabrics in classic designs all look to me like they belong on movie stars or royalty. Delicious!

“Known best for hand-sewn couture garments, Chew’s creations are becoming all the rage and gaining international recognition. Inspired by nature, Xiaolin’s F/W ’13 collection portrays a haunting approach to fashion. Her aesthetic sensibilities brazed with the wildness of the woods ignite a chimera-like essence in her collection…” -EnVie Magazine

You can see more of Chew’s fantastic designs in her Etsy shop.

All images property of Julia Chew/Xiaolin.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

16 thoughts on “Feathered Finery

  1. Oh yes, I would love to pet them too!

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  2. Oh goodness..that is a lot of feathers I would like to see a notice that no animal was hurt . She hasn’t updated since a year ago. Hope all is well, she is very talented.

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  3. Her work is astounding! That wedding dress, oof, mamma mia!!

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  4. Absolutely stunning. I just know I would feel incredible wearing one of these feather frocks – though I would probably look like a giant dodo.

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  5. I need one of those capes ASAP! They are definitely Jon Snow worthy.

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  6. I am not usually fan of feathered costumes but I ADORE these! So pretty ❤

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