The impossible brilliance of a Peacock Tail...

We took the tweenager to see Love Never Dies
on Saturday night,
and I am not sure if I got more pleasure from the 
stunning production, 
or from seeing his face beam and light up 
at every more-bedazzling set. 
But it was this scene, 
of Christine dressed in brilliant blue
with an enormous peacock tail backdrop
filling almost the entire stage,
that made me wonder anew at the beauty of this illustrious bird.
In 1958 Barbara Bash painted this homage to the colourful fellow,
in "Peacock" which is on display at the National Gallery of Victoria
Pamela Usanto has interpreted the peacock
quite literally on her amazing gown. 
And this shimmering copper sequin skirt by Matthew Williamson 
would surely grab attention. 
Which, after all, is the whole point of the peacock's tail.
Inspired by the pattern as much as the colour,
the Raven Kauffman clutch is intriguing.
Liberty of London have long been associated
with peacock fabrics, 
so they have recently commissioned artist Kerry Lemon 
to hand paint this extraordinary graphic in their beauty hall.
Astonishingly beautiful illustration,
and worthy of such an astonishingly beautiful bird
which continues to capture our imaginations.

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