Symbol & History of Peacock
Peafowl are two Asiatic and one African species of flying bird in the genus Pavo of the pheasant family, Phasianidae, best known for the male’s extravagant eye-spotted tail covert feathers, which it displays as part of courtship. The male is called a peacock, the female a peahen, and the offspring peacocks. The adult female peafowl is grey and/or brown. Peachicks can be between yellow and a tawny colour with darker brown patches or light tan and ivory.
In common with other members of the Galliformes, males possess metatarsal spurs or “thorns” used primarily during intraspecific fights.
Peacocks are large, colorful pheasants (typically blue and green) known for their iridescent tails. These tail feathers, or coverts, spread out in a distinctive train that is more than 60 percent of the bird’s total body length and boast colorful “eye” markings of blue, gold, red, and other hues. The large train is used in mating rituals and courtship displays. It can be arched into a magnificent fan that reaches across the bird’s back and touches the ground on either side. Females are believed to choose their mates according to the size, color, and quality of these outrageous feather trains.
“Full of eyes”… “The tail of the peacock, with its ‘thousand eyes’ are symbolic of omnipotence and often ascribed to the Archangel Michael. The peacock’s feather is sometimes associated with St. Barbara.” Also, The peacock, (due to an ancient myth that Peacock flesh did not decay), is seen as a symbol of immortality.
The peacock is also seen as a symbol of resurrection: “When the peacock sheds his feathers, he grows more brilliant ones than those he lost.”
One may also hear the opinion that the peacock is the symbol of (ironically) humility, since it has great beauty, yet hides it all behind itself.
As a fleur de lis symbol, it is often seen as a symbol of Beauty, power, and knowledge.
Peacock Dress in 1903
The Peacock Dress was worn by Mary, Lady Curzon, Vicereine of India, at the Delhi Durbar which was held in 1903 in celebration of the coronation of Edward VII. A guest at the ball remarked: “You cannot conceive what a dream she looked”.
The material, worked by men in India, is shining cloth of gold with a pattern of overlapping peacock feathers in gold and silk thread on a silk chiffon background. In the ‘eye’ of each peacock feather is a section of iridescent green beetle wing (Cetonia Cyrata or scarab Beetle, similar in size to a Maybug beetle) giving a very ‘jewelled’ appearance to this glittering creation. The spectacular trained skirt was trimmed with white roses. The material was then sent to Paris and made up into a two-piece dress by the House of Worth. Due to the ornate metal embroidery the dress weighs over 10lbs (c4.5kg).
Peacock dress in 1910
Evening dress Weeks (French) Date: 1910 Culture: French Medium: silk, metal Dimensions: Length at CB: 63 in. (160 cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Dr. Ruth M. Bakwin, 1961 Accession Number: 2009.300.293
Fashion peacock dress show
You know when people say “The dress does all the talking”; this is one of those dresses.So vibrant a dress. Bursting with colours in a very earthy manner because of the natural hues and tones. the rusty oranges, yellows, greens, blues- All representing some part of nature or the other. e.g water, sun, plants.). We also love the kind of majestic feeling it has to it. Maybe its because it has something to do with peacocks..
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