Feathered friends flying high

Maxine Tutty and Tammy Harvey, from Maxine's Feathers, put together spectacular costumes and headdresses for worldwide productions at their Normoss base.

Maxine Tutty and Tammy Harvey, from Maxine's Feathers, put together spectacular costumes and headdresses for worldwide productions at their Normoss base.

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It is the company behind some of the most extravagant and amazing showgirl outfits seen by millions worldwide.

So who would have thought it would be based in a little studio in Normoss?

Tammy Harvey with a mask made at Maxine's Feathers.

Tammy Harvey with a mask made at Maxine's Feathers.

The custom costumes and headdresses handmade by Maxine’s Feather have been worn by everyone from the Funny Girls to Girls Aloud.

And the company is now working on its latest project, creating burlesque show outfits to send to France.

Owners Maxine and William Tutty have said it is only logical they’re based in the Las Vegas of the North to come up with their creations.

Maxine, 45, said: “I’m proud to say we’re from Blackpool – it is ‘the Las Vegas’.”

William, 48, said: “Blackpool has so much talent, and it’s the talent behind that talent on stage too.”

The business not only makes showgirl outfits but has also helped with art installations, including spending days attaching 6,400 individual feathers to a set of wings measuring 6.4 metres in length.

Perhaps as many hours have been devoted to painstakingly gluing crystals to bodices and headdresses.

The business buys in real feathers, worth up to £9 each, from Hong Kong and South Africa and dyes them at its base on Normoss Road before spending up to four weeks making designs, which are all bespoke, before shipping them worldwide.

Maxine added: “I love working with feathers and designing, but also meeting clients from all different walks of life too.”

Visit www.maxinesfeathers.com for more information.

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Fanning the stars with feathers

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A quick glance at the list of stars Maxine’s Feathers has worked with looks like the inside page of a high-end celebrity magazine.

Not only does the Normoss based company supply feathers for Blackpool’s show bars Funny Girls and Viva, they also ship items to casinos in South Africa and burlesque shows in France.

And they have most recently made costumes for pop group Girls Aloud as well as for the dancers on Take That’s tour.

Maxine and her team have also made costumes and headdresses for the always glitzy Strictly Come Dancing, making contact with the BBC programme’s team after coming up with outfits for judge Craig Revel-Horwood.

Yet despite the already long-list of famous names Maxine’s Feathers have done work for the team still have their sights set high on other to work with.

Maxine said: “Kylie is the one though, I’d love to make stuff for her shows.”

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