Part of series: Odd Ducks
Designed in: 2016
To be produced in: 2017
Material: multicolor composite 3D print
Print height: 60 cm
Edition: 8 unique pieces
Swans are often a symbol of love or fidelity because of their long-lasting, apparently monogamous relationships. Other references in classical literature include the belief that upon death the otherwise-silent mute swan would sing beautifully – hence the phrase swan song. The Roman poet Juvenal made a sarcastic reference to a good woman being a “rare bird, as rare on earth as a black swan”, from which we get the Latin phrase rara avis, rare bird.
The Egyptians used to pleat their garments (pouring eggs over linen and dry it at the light of the sun), using them as a symbol of power and luxury. The ancient the Greeks used to pleat their linen tunic, called ionic peplum, fixed on the shoulders by two brooches (fibulas) and wrapped to the waist by a belt (kolpos). We can compare those tunics to contemporary couture garments, so you can understand why the plisse was an aristocratic prerogative and why it was considered a symbol of luxury. The only institution, which could afford pleated garments, since its establishment, was the church. Cardinals and popes hardly resisted to the lightness and the preciosity of a pleated muslin or silk tunics and they adopted them, for centuries, even when plisse was totally out of fashion.