That work was inspired by Alexander McQueen, very famous fashion designer. I decided to make it more surrealistic- from a simple woman made a butterfly with a feathered dress and dragonfly wing skirt.
I love how such feathered dresses look like. In a number of cultures, feathers have assumed great symbolism, often being associated with spirituality. Feather bonnets have been worn in religious ceremonies and ritual dances since the sixteenth century in Brazil.
The Native American war bonnet was made out of feathers from a golden eagle’s tail. This headdress was a symbol of honor, accomplishment, and bravery.
In ancient Egypt, the ostrich feather was a symbol of truth. It was often seen in depictions of Ma’at, the goddess of truth and justice, who passed judgment over the souls of the dead.
Feathered spirit masks, made by the Tapirapé of the Amazon, play an important role in dry-season ceremonies performed by the Bird Societies as they circle their village and sing the songs of their respective bird species. For Yanomamö men of the Amazon, their feathered armbands worn high on their upper arms gave them the appearance of having wings, thereby bringing them closer to bird spirits.
Feathers and birds were a recurring motif within McQueen’s collections, with the designer acknowledging their influence upon his work.
McQueen’s cocooning creations, which surrounded women in dramatic, sculptural shapes perhaps best represent the progress that feathers in fashion have made since the late 19th century. What was once a mark of adornment, has become something deeply integrated into the structure and form of garments.
Birds in flight fascinate me. I admire eagles and falcons. I am inspired by a feather’s shape but also its color, its graphics, its weightlessness, and its engineering. It’s so elaborate. In fact I try and transpose the beauty of a bird to women.