Rare Birds: Electric Feathers Bespoke Dresses Take Flight

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Sure, women have been known to fight dress here and there. But that's not exactly civilized, is it? Now the world of auctioning just gotten a good deal more interesting (if not polite), thanks to Phillips de Pury & Company's new series, Saturday at Phillips. Created to attract younger, in-the-know clients, the program features cutting-edge art and design pieces at lower prices (at least by auction house standards). A recent success was Electric Feathers, an intriguing line of dyed, roped together pieces by designer Leana Zuniga.
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Like any valuable collectible, every dress in Zuniga's collection is one-of-a-kind, many developed during personal appointments. Says Zuniga, "I really enjoy doing custom work. It's not about making a million pieces. I was a stylist before and I want to make things that are not so recognizable, so people can make them their own."
A favorite of rocker model Irina Lazareneau, who modeled for the collection in her own apartment, Electric Feathers would fit easily into any it-girl's wardrobe. Composed of soft knits and marbled, luminous silks, Zuniga's work features deceptively simple shapes with more detailed accoutrements. A lengthy ikat print dress is laced in the back with thick, rope-like pieces, while another coffee-colored gauze minidress is splashed with flecks of white paint. A dusty flowered silk number with twisted straps converts from a dress to skirt. Fittingly, Zuniga says she likes to mix, "earthy textures with a modern style."
As with other works of art, this kind of clothing makes the viewer stop, stare, and look a bit closer. But, like all good art, it's a rarity so when Zuniga says she's just dropped a bunch of hand-dyed pieces off at No. 6, better get ready to fight.
Available at No. 6, 6 Center Market Place, New York, 212-226-5759; www.no6store.com and by order at www.electricfeathers.com.

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