Peacock Feathers: Trend or Omen?

Within a 24 hour period last summer, I spotted fine examples of peacock taxidermy at both artist Gail Potocki’s condo and artist Michele Stone’s house. Not more than a few months later, I marveled about seeing yet another peacock at stylish stylist Martha Muholland’s Wicker Park duplex. Shortly thereafter, I visited Geyer Morford at Schumacher in the Merchandise Mart, and he showed me a number of the company’s wall coverings, including one made of peacock feathers. Then things got weird. During a visit to Harbor Country, Michigan, my friend Janis and I stumbled upon a peacock farm located behind the curiously named Pops Noze, an antique mall / lawn ornament purveyor, which might be the most crazy and amazing place I’ve been since I first visited Zaps Props last winter. The colorful birds were fighting, beating their wings and jumping around. And while they’re quite beautiful in person, they appear less regal when they’re walking around, eating and getting on with the business of life. And that’s not all. When I booked the Jane Hotel in New York City recently, I had no idea there would be two stuffed peacocks hanging prominently in the lobby, one of them of the rare white variety. I told my friend Mike Hines about the peacock nuttiness when I visited him at his west side floral design business Epoch Floral last week; he chuckled and mentioned that he’d recently created a simple arrangement of peacock feathers in a vase. I responded that it would be strange if he still had them, and guess what? See photo below. Is seeing so many peacocks just a coincidence? Or am I a cutting edge trend forecaster who’s just realizing that peacocks are going to be the next big thing? Or is it something stranger – an omen of some sort? What do you think? Have a great weekend.

An arrangement at Epoch Floral.

Martha Muholland’s Wicker Park duplex.

Michele Stone’s North Shore home.

Schumacher’s opulent peacock feather wall covering.

A Michigan peacock farm.

The Jane Hotel in New York City.

The Jane Hotel in New York City.

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12 Responses to “Peacock Feathers: Trend or Omen?”

  1. Yes the peacock feather thing is pretty popular right now. Check out Etsy, people are making things with them for fashion as well. I don’t mind peacock feathers, its the taxidermy trend I find disturbing. http://www.etsy.com/search_results.php?search_query=peacock+feather&search_type=handmade

  2. TREND. A few weeks ago I had an arrangement made for a friend at Asrai Garden with fresh flowers and peacock feathers. It was unique and stunning.

  3. My wedding was peacock themed! Feathers were everywhere, in my bouquet & arrangements & wreaths & in everyones hair, on the gifts, everywhere! We even got a peacock stained glass piece. Now I sort of collect little things with the theme, but as I have learned so do lots of people! Peacock items on ebay usually have some brutal bidding wars! :)

  4. Omen…

    I have always been informed that is bad luck to display peacock feathers in your home…

  5. NO WAY!!! Peacock feathers are amazing!!!!! It’s one of Mother Natures greatest displays of masculine beauty and flair. As you know, the feathers are used to enchant and seduce the female. I find them really beautiful. If they are arranged tastefully (don’t do a single feather in a clear Mikasa vase bought at a thrift store) they can make a bold statement.
    As for the taxidermy, most of those were created a long time ago.

  6. I chose a peacock-feather fabric for a very flamboyant chair in my living room [a now-discontinued Italian chenille from Kravet], which I had upholstered ten years ago. The chair has stylized “wings” in nickel-plated bronze and the sumptuous peacock feathers seemed oddly appropriate! It can be seen in the recently posted Open House of my apartment.

  7. Thank you to Albert T. for pointing out that the peacock’s plumage is a “display of masculine beauty”. Males among the human of the species have not dressed as splendidly as peacocks since the late 18th century. Frankly, I wish more human males would find their inner peacock, rather than their inner trash-can. If you fellows put even a quarter of the effort into seducing us that peacocks put into wooing their peahens, you’d get a lot better results… (Go for it, Albert!)

  8. Thanks for the heads up Neil. I noticed the chair, of course, but I didn’t see the peacock influence. Very cool. Thanks for the heads up.

    Carol: I agree and have long advocated for the return of the cape, a piece of gentleman’s attire that’s both stylish and practical.

  9. I think my cats would make short work of any real peacock feathers around the house, but if I ever found a stuffed/taxidermy peacock all bets are off!