Actually, when he laid down on the ground with it on, I couldn't see any of his face, and he looked more like a mop than a lion. Intentional? No, but if he wants to embrace the cleaning lifestyle (instead of being the mess-making problem), I would happily accept :)
Max tolerated the mane a lot more when I pushed it down around his neck like an over-sized collar, so we'll see how long he keeps it on tomorrow night! I'm sure that he will be beside himself with joy at the sound of the doorbell and the sight of little kiddies all night, so maybe he won't even care.
PS: No chair update yet...but I am working on it as we speak (type?), so hopefully this week sometime! woo!