|Cynthia Gibb in Modern Girls|
I've been asked by students and colleagues about feather boa substitutes that are vegan. Sioux du Jour has a lovely tulle boa that resembles a long, glorious bath scrubbie with pailettes. April Showers has a tulle boa that has exposed tulle edges, giving it more of an ostrich boa look than Sioux's boa that resembles a turkey boa. These are great substitutions that are stage worthy. There are also great fuzzy yarns that can be knitted into a really long scarf as a feather boa substitute. I made a keyhole scarf for myself in my pre-burlesque days that looks a bit like maribou.
The boa from Modern Girls is another great substitute. It looks more like coque feathers than turkey or ostrich. This boa is made from multi-colored silk leaves, attached to a thin shawl. I theorize you could make a vegan boa from silk flowers, stitching the blooms close together along a cord or ribbon. You'd have to be sure you didn't have any bare spots.
If you have any great vegan boa finds, please let me know so I can pass along the info to other showgirls in need.