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Don't Ruffle My Feathers

The design for Don’t Ruffle My Feathers is drawn from the manner in which birds puff up their feathers to show fear or anxiety. In “puffing up” birds, like the cockatoo are in a sense, changing or disguising their actual appearance. In a similar manner, the cape disguises the wearer by blurring the line between the garment and the wearer. It camouflages the wearer, protecting his personal space by drawing attention to the body cover and away from his actual physical being. The cape brings together nature, in the bird’s physical attributes and behavioral responses, with a person’s clothing of a birdlike appearance that protects the wearer’s desire for privacy. This piece was designed in Rhino and hand cut into vinyl.

Models: Becky Yoshikane, Karen Trexler,