Susan Taber Avila

Robe de Plume
21 x 15 x 10
Thread,hand dyed silk chiffon, stitching on industrial felt

Photo: Philip Cohen

During the 14th century there were many festivals, pageants and tournaments in which one could parade in fancy dress. With the invention of shears that cut up and down, dagging became a popular stylistic device. This piece maintains the character of a bird disguise. Costumes of this nature were often dangerous to the wearer and there are tales of dancers accidentally catching on fire and burning to death.
Robe de Plume
Robe de Plume, rear view
Robe de Plume, side view
Robe de Plume, detail view

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