The RISD Designers: Elisha Jonnes, Squirrel Costume

Elisha Jonnes
Elisha Jonnes, designer of the squirrel costume.

Background: I was born and raised in Japan. My mother is Greek-Cypriot and my father is American. Having an international background, I have the tendency to make artwork that deals with cultures. I am also very interested in fabric manipulation that creates depth to a piece.
Thoughts on the Collaboration:
It was the first time I have made menswear in my life and the interest has grown ever since I have made the squirrel costume. It was a great challenge to understand what it means to make costumes that are durable, washable and comfortable for someone who would be rigorously moving in it. It was such a great opportunity to be able to work with such an amazing group of people. I had so much fun.
Elisha is a Junior in the Apparel department taking menswear in the spring.

Back of the squirrel costume. Photo by Matt Francis. Design by Elisha Jonnes. In this photo: Company dancer Alex Lantz.
Back of the squirrel costume. Photo by Matt Francis. Design by Elisha Jonnes. In this photo: Company dancer Alex Lantz.

Front of the squirrel costume. Photo by Matt Francis. Design by Elisha Jonnes. In this photo: Company dancer Alex Lantz.
Front of the squirrel costume. Photo by Matt Francis. Design by Elisha Jonnes. In this photo: Company dancer Alex Lantz.

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