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Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno)

Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno) - male Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno) - male Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno) - female Interesting facts: Their habitat is montane cloud forest from Southern Mexico to western Panama.  The male has a helmet-like crest.  Depending on the light its feathers can shine in a variant of colors from green-gold to blue-violet.  In breeding males, tail coverts are longer than the rest of the body.  It is classified as near threatened due to habitat loss.

King Vultures hit London Fashion Week

Congress Centre, London, UK

September 19, 2016

Acclaimed designer and creative duo Vin + Omi showed during the London Fashion Week their Spring/Summer 2017 Ready-to-wear Collection entitled The Dreaming. The catwalk was dimmed with dark red lighting, and black origami birds hung everywhere from the ceiling, giving a fantasy ambience to the venue. 

In a collaboration with our photographer and director, Siu, who provided the pictures; Vin + Omi designed a dress, a cape, and a tote bag feautring Panamanian King Vultures (Sarcoramphus papa). The models wore oversized fluffy red wigs with paintbrushes and paint palettes decoratively placed within them that combined very well with the vultures' colour patterns. The bag was accessorized with a cartoony badge, and a badge stating "no guns".

Our pictures were not only used on clothes and accesories but also on invitations and advertising. Another bird, the Africa endemic Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) was also used on clothes and advertising.

The flower vulture print dress and leather vulture print tote featured king vultures from our photos, and flowers from the photos of Sam McKnight, printed in silk by The Silk Bureau, and on leather by 2surface.

Credit: Alan D West

Vin + Omi - The Dreaming, advertisement

Credit: Ki Price


Credit: Ian Clark

Credit: Karl Slater


Fashion illustration
Credit: Sue Dray

Vin + Omi are renowned in the fashion world for their fantastical, innovative and futuristic pieces, having dressed Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Pamela Anderson, and Debbie Harry. They recently achieved widespread acclaim for the many outlandish outfits they created for Bubble in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, film released on July 2016. They state on their Twitter account that they "like to work with interesting people".

Vin (R) + Omi (L) at the end of the show
Credit: Simon Armstrong

Videos of the show can be seen below, and the complete collection on British Vogue.


Complete show, look at 7:15 for the vulture clothes


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