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  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1895 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Champot, Auguste (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Artificially curled feathers stitched to cotton fabric, lined with silk satin

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Mailin

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Black and green cock feathers fashion this dramatic cape of the 1890s. The artificially curled feathers are mounted onto cotton fabric and the whole cape is lined with black silk satin. The cape would have been worn over large leg of mutton sleeves which were popular at this time. These would have further reinforced the winged shoulder of the cape. The general effect of such an outfit, worn with high heels, would have made the wearer cut quite an imposing figure.

Physical description

Elbow length cape with a square cut back and waist-length lappets down the front. Bunches of black and green cock feathers, artificially curled, are mounted onto cotton fabric and lined with black silk satin. Larger feathers edge the entire cape and are denser at the shoulders giving a wing-like effect. Large hooks and eyes fastening at the front.

Place of Origin

France (made)


ca. 1895 (made)


Champot, Auguste (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Artificially curled feathers stitched to cotton fabric, lined with silk satin

Marks and inscriptions

'Auguste Champot / 18, Rue de la Michodière, Paris'
Makers label inside the cape, at centre back neck

Descriptive line

Elbow length cape of curled feathers stitched to cotton, made by Auguste Champot, France, ca. 1895

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Kite, Marion, 'Feathers and Baleen, Two Keratin Materials Found in Textile Objects' in Conservation of Leathercraft and Related Objects (ICOM Committee for Conservation: 1993, vol II), pp. 645-650, fig.1


Feather; Cotton; Silk


Curling; Plain weave; Satin weave; Hand stitching


Fashion; Images Online; Women's clothes; Accessories; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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