Chicken Dress Complete With Bottom Feathers in the Auckland Museum

Generally I don’t go to museums to laugh, but when I came upon this chicken dress in the Auckland Museum, what else could I do:

Chicken Dress

chicken dress

No kidding, this chicken dress, made from chicken and pheasant feathers along with cotton and Lycra is called “Cocktail.” Clearly a play on words, which eluded me at first when, in my mind, I translated “cocktail” to “formal” and wondered who on earth would wear such a disaster to a “formal event.” It was only as I wrote the word, that the real humor set in. And if you missed it, it’s a “cock” “tail” dress, complete with the tail feathers:

chicken butt feathers

dress in Auckland museum

Can this really be called fashion?

It really is located in the Auckland Museum and was designed during my teen’s life time.
I think it is a bit ridiculous, what do you think?

I couldn’t resist reading the chicken dress history, and summarized it here:


This dress was designed by Francis Hooper and Denise L’Estrange-Corbet in 1997. They are the founders of the innovative Auckland New Zealand fashion house WORLD which was established in 1985. In 1997 they were nominated to show internationally, for the first time, at Australian Fashion Week. This event brought them international attention and critical acclaim. Fashion icon and Art Dirctor of “Italian Vogue” Anna Piaggi, came backstage to commend them on their work, and in particular, this dress.

Speaking of the Australian Fashion Week, next to the chicken dress (and another interesting dress displayed to it’s right) is a large screen playing footage from the catwalk.  I was able to capture a not that great of a shot, but it’s the best I could do.

Australian Fashion Week ugly dress

feather dresses

Be honest, would you wear “Cocktail”?  I might wear it to a costume party, but I doubt it, as I do like to sit down once in a while.  (Plus, I am a probably a bit older than the target demographic for said dress).

My final question -

Is This Chicken Dress Fashion Or A Fashion Faux Paux?

Photos ©Rhonda Albom 2007

Today’s Tweetable Laugh Quote:

Before the quote I have to admit I really have no idea the motivation behind the quote, nor what point Chuck Palahniuk was trying make (nor who he is), but while searching for a quote, this one seemed so fitting that here it is:

Sticking feathers up your butt does not make you a chicken.” ~ Chuck Palahniuk

 Related Links:

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The Luck of the Irish - We Are Leprechauns
About Rhonda Albom

When I met my hubby he was looking for a traveling companion. Together we have moved to New Zealand and visited over 42 countries, most with our now teenage girls. Things rarely go as planned, and generally we have an amusing tale to tell. That's what Laugh Quotes is about - the fun side of our adventures and our expat life.


  1. You need a dress like that one.
    Joyce recently posted..Writer’s Post: Mister HatsMy Profile

  2. Brrrrrraawwwwkkkk.

  3. Ekk haha never seen a dress like this before… Thanks for linking up with us at welcome to the weekend hop :)
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  4. Well I can definitely say that is unusual BUT to actually wear it is a no no unless the person wants to be noticed of course,

    I wouldn’t wear it myself LMAO

    Have a chickenlicious week :-)
    stevebethere recently posted..Silly Sunday – Now You KnowMy Profile

  5. Actually, it looks like half a tropical fish stuck to the chicken dress. (Which makes it even odder.)
    Alex J. Cavanaugh recently posted..Free Books on Amazon – Good or Bad? Plus IWSG Thoughts, Ninja News, Mini-Alex, and Celebrating the Small ThingsMy Profile

  6. Lovely dress, but I would be too chicken to wear it!
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