Thursday, December 3, 2015

All Dressed in Turkey Feathers – This is How Turkey Feather Fashion Rocked in the late 1940s

Turkey feather fashion in the late 1940s was a very big trend that many women followed. Many women bought long gowns made of turkey feathers.

In 1948, a LIFE magazine writer was tasked with covering the wedding of "turkey enthusiast" Barbara Orr Ehrhart—a woman who made her wedding dress out of turkey feathers. And her bridesmaids dresses out of dyed turkey feathers.


Bride shows off a prize carcass.

Wedding attendants, dressed in pastel-dyed turkey feathers, give last-minute attention to the pure-white plumage of the bride's gown (center).

Fond farewell is given to a flock of beloved White Holland turkeys before Barbara, dressed in bronze feather gown, leaves on her honeymoon.

Turkey feather fashion, 1948.

Turkey feather fashion, 1948.

Turkey feather fashion, 1948.

Turkey feather fashion, 1948.

Turkey feather fashion, 1948.

Turkey feather fashion, 1948.

Turkey feather fashion, 1948.

Turkey feather fashion, 1948.

Preceding the bride, the matron of honor paces up the long aisle followed by 6-year-old Sharon Snider, who strews feathers along the carpet.

Barbara and Fred are married by a justice of the peace in public ballroom.

Instead of rice, handfuls of turkey feathers are showered on the happy newlyweds as they dash out the door.

Turkey feather fashion, 1948.

Nuptial ballads are sung before the big ceremony. Composed by the bride, they are, "It Must All Be Dreams," "I Knew It Would Happen That Way."

Wedding banquet after the ceremony consisted of cranberry sauce, vegetable gravy, potatoes, and to no one's surprise, plenty of hot sliced turkey.

Barbara Orr Ehrhart, with a friend, 1948.

(Photos: Charles E. Steinheimer—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

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