I’ve always found the idea of taxidermy to be a little on the strange side. When you think about it, it’s pretty grotesque to take a dead animal, take out it’s insides, and fill it with foam. I mean, how soon before we start doing this to humans? ohhhh, wait a minute….this guy did! On the other hand, it gives you a chance to get up close and personal with animals you wouldn’t otherwise come across in the wild (or want to). Though not as socially acceptable today, taxidermy played a huge role in vintage fashions. Whether it be in the form of handbags, broaches, stoles, or hat adornments, the result definitely makes a statement.
How about carrying around this lovely armadillo bag?
Or wear this Bobcat Paw broach?
This looks practical...right? (by emily valentine, via crappy taxidermy)
A Fox Stole, via the Sartorialist
Modern British artist Reid Peppard makes use of the excess vermin of London and turns them into pieces of captivating one-of-a-kind jewelry, although not recommended for the squeamish. But not to worry, she exclusively uses animals that have fallen victim to roadkill or pest control.
You can check our more of Reid Peppard’s creations HERE or follow Reid’s blog HERE.
And of course, McQueen did it right:
Ps. I’m pretty bummed I never made it out to the Vancouver Museum for that taxidermy exhibit….
Back in December this mystery woman started posting these strange music videos via youtube by the title iamamiwhoami and caused quite a stir. The high quality levels in the videos have ignited speculation that this team has got some money to play with. Most videos feature a blonde woman disguised with black murky paint or tape(?) and the finger has been pointed at artists such as Lady Gaga, Björk, Fever Ray, and Lykke Li. Although no one will fess up. The videos also each elude to a specific animal (whale, bee, owl, goat) and are titled with various numbers. Some sort of secret code going on here? Whatever the case is, and whoever is responsible, they’re definitely worth taking a gander at.
The latest video, posted a few days ago, simply titled “b”
Well i didn’t just post this picture here for the “aww” factor. This stylish feline has a purpose. Just so we’re clear, i cringe at the sight of gals prancing around the streets of downtown Van with their tiny dog wearing the latest in pet clothing fashions. But come on, when the Japanese fashion house United Bamboo created matching kitty-sized apparel for their fall ready-to-wear a few months back and then made a 2010 calendar of the pics, i couldn’t help but feast my eyes.
You should probably get yours HERE
Things of the slightly morbid nature have always captured my interest, so it’s only natural that i become slightly obsessed when it creeps its way into the fashion realm.
The popularity of mourning clothing and jewelry originated with Queen Victoria when her dear old husband kicked the bucket in 1901 and the Queen wore nothing but full mourning apparel to commemorate his death for the remaining 40 years of her life. Also demanding the rest of her court do the same for quite some time. Following in her example, strict rules were set for the etiquette of dressing when a loved one passed.
The most curious tradition in my opinion was the intricate mourning jewelry. Many pendants were carve from gorgeous jet glass and vulcanite. It was common place to have the hair of the deceased incorporated into wildly elaborate pieces of art or woven into glass panels of rings or lockets. Some were even braided into beautiful bracelets, necklaces, or pocket watch chains. I can’t decide if this act of remembrance is endearing…….or just plain creepy.
Well upon realization today that i officially graduated college 8 months ago, i realized that it’s probably about time i dig up my sewing machine and do something with it other then hemming some grungy dress i accumulated from value village. The last thing i created from start to finish was my graduate collection for school.