birdy uses feathers to create a plumage of military accessories

 

 

 

through their work, meriç canatan and fatosh erhuy investigate social and behavioral norms in the context of the costume, and its associated power to communicate an individuals identity. together, the london- and cologne-based creatives have conceived ‘birdy’, a set of adornments for individuals to supplement their outfits — to personalize their look and exteriorize their identity. from epaulets and bowties, to fascinators and headbands, canatan and erhuy employ feathers as their chosen medium in which to question gender norms, referencing the way in which birds and other fowl use their plumage to display body language.

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‘birdy’ gas mask

 

 

 

 

for the 2014 istanbul design biennial, the duo elaborate on this work with ‘birdy 2214’, in which the wearables transform delicate feathers into garments of protection. it is comprised of experimental relics, military accessories such as gas masks, helmets and knee pads, that speak of a future time. precisely the year 2214, where civilians have adapted to constant military occupation and where the associated attire and gear has become commonplace and fashionable, customized for everyday use.

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feathers are arranged to form the protective gear

 

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front view of a gas mask

 

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up close of the feathers

 

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the gas mask appear almost tribal with the employment of feathers

 

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display of ‘birdy 2214’ at the 2014 istanbul design biennial
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‘birdy 2214’ grenade

 

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detail of ‘birdy 2214’ grenade

 

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‘birdy 2214’ helmet

 

birdy uses feathers to create a plumage of military accessories
alternative view of ‘birdy 2214’ helmet

 

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