"The Madeleines is a series of twelve sculptural, felted dresses made for the use of historical figures and their imaginary engagement in athletic activity. “Pleurer comme une Madeleine’ is to cry inconsolably. These Madeleines no longer cry: they are happy, finally to get the chance to participate in the game. They lift up their padded armored, felted skirts to step out on the ice, the field, the rink. Gaius Plinius Secundus(23-79 A.D.), Roman author of the ‘Natural History’ said that wool felt treated with vinegar would resist iron and fire. The Madeleines are like that too."