Pheasant Dress

Feather Dress (2002)

This dress is made from fine wire mesh, pheasant feathers and lined with a shiny fabric, Pheasants run wild over the land where we live and are bred to be shot. There is a strong analogy between being a hunted animal and a close fitting short dress with a very femine shape. Is it about displaying ones beauty? Or is it a statement about women as potential prey? Is it a comment on the way we are seduced by beauty and the sensuous nature of the material and fail to notice that to make this some this dress there was a violence involved to achieve this.
Whatever it alludes to there is a strong response to this dress, 'Ooh and ah', the beauty and texture of the carefully laid feathers touches a really sensuous cord, of people of all ages but particularly in men.