Ostrich Feather Boa

Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by K_8ie, Jul 17, 2009.

  1. K_8ie

    K_8ie New Member

    Hi Gang!
    A quick question(s). Where can I get a good Ostrich feather boa? How Can I tell the quality? How many plies?

    I never thought that having a dress with feather could be so complicated!

    I want it to be as thick as the layer she has on top in the following picture:
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    Please HELP!
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  2. and123

    and123 Well-Known Member

    Vintage ballgowns usually have 2-3 rows of feather poofs. Are you looking for a particular color? I have harvested quite a few of them from old gowns.
  3. K_8ie

    K_8ie New Member

    Red please! On Anna it looks like she's got some that are super thick!
  4. and123

    and123 Well-Known Member

    Ack, red is the one color I avoid. I have lots and lots of orange boas. They can be dyed, IIRC. Never tried it myself though.
  5. emkey

    emkey New Member

    well anna's dress was sponsored by flash dance search for there website if they sell the fabric and materials
  6. Ron

    Ron New Member

    http://www.ostrich.com/shop/cat?cmd=feather-index

    This is where I have bought all my feathers. They are very expensive.
  7. K_8ie

    K_8ie New Member

    how many plies do I get?
  8. and123

    and123 Well-Known Member

    I have bought from them as well. If you can get information on how to dye feathers (seems to be some info on Google, or maybe someone here has tried it?), I'd be more than happy to sell you orange boas reeeeally cheap. Unfortunately I do not have red.

    As for ply, you can either use multiple lesser ply or fewer higher ply. I think I have some 4-ply ostrich boa from them, and it's pretty sad looking. Definitely not the happy fluffy poofy hem effect you're looking for.
  9. Joe

    Joe Well-Known Member

    The happy fluffy poofy hem look that was so en vogue back in the mid-nineties was achieved by using two rows of four-ply boas...
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  10. K_8ie

    K_8ie New Member

    or an 8 ply boa?
  11. K_8ie

    K_8ie New Member

    BTW Chrisanne sells 5 plies. I wish I could have a real picture of what 4 or 5 plies looks like Ostrich.com has a close up, but I would like to see the whole thing :(
  12. and123

    and123 Well-Known Member

    Well, they do give an approximate "poof" diameter on the ostrich.com site, so that helps a bit. Perhaps what I bought was 2-ply.... not 100% sure. But their 4-ply doesn't quite look poofy enough either, even if there were two rows.
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  13. Naululani

    Naululani Member

    I am looking for where to buy for good quality Ostrich Boa's too. I have checked ostrich.com, DSI Chrisanne...they are all very expensive... I think I like 5ply or more in white. Please share information if you know a good place to buy the Ostrich Boa. Thank you!
  14. chocobebe

    chocobebe Member

    I bought mine from Chrisanne. I don't think you can get too cheap with them b/c when they're unreasonably cheap, they tend to mix the feathers w/ marabo. How many boas do you need?
  15. MissKitty

    MissKitty New Member

    I purchased mine from an Australian supplier:

    photiosbros.com.au/feathershome.htm

    Great service from them :)
  16. Naululani

    Naululani Member

    I would like to apply boas to the hem of my standatd gown. I mesured my skirt hem, it's 13m long. If I buy it from Chrisane, I need 8 pc Boas cost about $700!
  17. Naululani

    Naululani Member

    Thank you for the information.
  18. chocobebe

    chocobebe Member

    oh i feel your pain... i needed 7 boas for my latin dress. It really jacked up the price of the dress. hmm, i think i saw a site with slightly cheaper boas before, lemme see can i dig them up.
  19. Naululani

    Naululani Member

    Thank you ;)
  20. Joe

    Joe Well-Known Member

    FWIW, Ostriches Online (ostrich.com) is closing and I guess they're blowing out their product. Boas are 75% off, feathers are 80% off, etc. Promo code CLOSEOUT2011. If you're going to be needing some ostrich feathers in the near future, might be a good time to stock up.

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