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.
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.
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….