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Are the clothes we wear a physical extension of the body, or are they an expression of the inner self? In Perishables, Pinar Yolaçan’s book of defiant portraits of WASP women of a certain age, clothing becomes quite literally a second skin. Yolaçan developed this project over the course of three years, casting her subjects through agencies and ads, even discovering a former Warhol model in her local Starbucks. For each she designed and fabricated an elaborate Victorian garment made in part or entirely of animal flesh--tripe, intestines, testicles. It is no coincidence that the garments eerily mimic the facial expressions of their wearers; the pinched, ruched, ruffled, and ultimately decaying flesh underscores the women’s age, their mannerisms, and the passage of time.~For Yolaçan, the portraits were almost an afterthought, a means to document the individual reactions to this external flesh--the women’s attempts to find a sense of equilibrium in their new skin--rather than an end in themselves. And yet these photographs stand on their own as riveting and occasionally disturbing testimony, simultaneously addressing issues of cultural anthropology, sociology, art, and fashion.