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Kate Moss’s Top Shop: Feather Care

October 29, 2009

Here’s a preview of Kate’s collection slated to hit stores today. Again, feather’s are the perfect finishing touch.  Kate uses black ostrich feathers to trim the sleeves of one of her dresses.

If you are at all attentive to fashion trends, you have a feather something.  You may be at the point where you ask yourself, how do I care for my new adorable accessory… well here’s how.

Feathers are a natural items and as such some care and attention is required to look after them.

Feathers and boas naturally “dry out” over a period of time and loose both their “fluffiness” and their looks.

To restore feathers and boas to a fuller look, we recommend that you steam them.

This is always a good place to start in order to make them look more attractive.

Get a large pan of boiling water, put a lid on the pan covering 90% of the pan and then gently put each individual feather into the stream of steam that is given off from the pan.

Alternatively, use a manual kettle which does not have an automatic shut off.

Steaming feathers puts moisture back into the flue and “expands” the appearance and is especially true for peacock and ostrich feathers.

Once the feather has opened up, more steaming has little or no effect.

Most boas are twisted when they are made. Heavier Boas, such as Ostrich, Coque and Turkey Ruff naturally become untwisted with use and should be re-twisted periodically to maintain their

Washing should be done in warm soapy water.

Dry them naturally on a clothes line. Never dry with direct heatsuch as  putting them on a radiator or in the oven.

Once dry, steam them to make them “fluff” out.

Feathers are not colourfast so do not mix the colours when washing them.

For quick cleaning, I use the steam setting on my iron.  Beware, if there are metal parts near your feathers, they WILL get hot when you steam them!!  Make sure you don’t touch them until you give the metal enough time to cool off.

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