Since early civilization, people have adorned themselves with feathers. Paleoanthropologists have unearthed evidence that even the Neanderthals used feathers for decorative purposes. Everyone is familiar with the stunning Native American headdresses that are heavily adorned with feathers. In fact many primitive cultures honor their ceremonial garb with bright colorful feathers. Feathers have also fascinated “civilized” cultures. They have been prominently used to decorate Masquerade masks since 16th-century Europe. Since the 20th century they have become the hallmark of Las Vagas Show Girl costumes. For everyday fashions, feathers always seem to find a place. Throughout history they have played a big part in millinery. Since mid 20th century they’ve found their way into everyday hair, jewelry and clothing fashions and are stronger than ever in fashion today.