I’m totally obsessed with birds at the moment. Or more specifically, tropical birds. They’re just so colourful and bright and hilarious-looking, like a big joke that nature is playing on us.
Now, when it comes to fabric, I am fussy about bird prints. I’m not really into small, boring repeats. Neither do I want to see owls, swallows, or generic bird silhouettes. I want massive tropical birds and I want them now! Like this one:
This dress may be silly in many ways but I love the 60s silhouette, and of course, the giant parrot.
For something a bit more jaw-dropping, what about this Alexander McQueen dress from 2003?
I love the way this hangs between being both an over-the-top carnival costume, and the most beautiful evening dress in the world.
I already have this gold, mirrored parakeet necklace by Tatty Devine:
The shape reminds me of the giant condor that’s been etched into the Peruvian desert, one of the Nazca lines. Nobody knows why the lines are there.
And finally, what about this Peter Jensen dress? I am not a peplum fan, to be honest, but the parrot print is nice.
All of this lovely parrot print fabric doesn’t seem to be trickling down to London fabric shops, unfortunately (although Peter Jensen’s studio is actually in Dalston – maybe I should hang around outside and check the bins).
All I could find was some Liberty print fabric called Pauly Parrot, which is too small and tasteful for me. I did also track down this macaw print vintage fabric on Ebay:
I’m very tempted to be honest.
Do you have any unusual fabric obsessions?