Donald "Don" Featherstone is an American artist who is most widely known for his 1957 creation of the Plastic Pink Flamingo while working for Union Products. Currently Featherstone resides in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, with his wife Nancy, where they keep 57 plastic flamingos on their front lawn.
Nancy Featherstone recently talked to The Guardian about how she and her husband started dressing alike over 35 years ago:
[Nancy Featherstone] When I met Donald, he always wore a suit and tie. He had a very formal upbringing and refused to take off his jacket, so when he came to visit one hot and humid summer, I thought he was going to melt. I came up with a plan: I made him a short-sleeved shirt as a gift, knowing he'd wear it so as not to hurt my feelings. It worked, and after we married I carried on making his shirts.
The man at the fabric shop was always very generous when he cut my fabric, so, after checking Donald didn't mind, I would make myself a matching blouse with the leftovers. It was fun going out in coordinating shirts – in high school in the US, it means you're "going steady", which was a giggle to us, since we were married. We got lots of compliments and people who would normally just walk on by stopped to talk to us. We enjoyed the attention and we also enjoyed how we looked.
Then Donald suggested I make our bottom halves match, too, so we started amassing a whole wardrobe of clothes. Initially we matched only at weekends, but as I grew adept at making more complex garments, such as jackets, sweaters and coats, we decided to go full-time with our identical look. We never needed to go clothes shopping again.
Now, 35 years on, we have four wardrobes of twin outfits, hanging two by two, organised by season and occasion. I always make myself a feminine version of Donald's outfit, though; it's not unisex, because I like ruffles and girly things. I'd describe our style as traditional – we're not concerned about following fashion.
We find it funny when watching those crime shows and they say, "What was he wearing when you last saw him?" We could just point to ourselves and say, "This!"
Click here for a fashion spread of the happy couple in The Sun.