The fashion industry is historically pretty fond of wearing dead animals because of its legacy as a luxury material, however, designers tend to obscure the origin of the fur – few people like being reminded of all the suffering and sinew that goes into a pricey fur coat.
Conceptional artist Jess Eaton wants to address the gap between dead animals that are
socially acceptable to wear and those that are not – so she made a bunch of dresses out of straight-up roadkill.
Roadkill Couture comprises of garments created out of the pelts, feathers and bones of animals that have been killed and eaten as food, have accidentally killed on our roads, that have died of natural causes or been culled as pests.
Roadkill Couture is a celebration of the exquisite design of nature and is giving a second life to things of wonder and beauty when they would normally perish or simply be thrown away or discarded.
The animals used have been found by ourselves, donated by friends, family or pest control or bought at the butcher and we have processed each and every one ourselves.
Roadkill Couture has a very strong ethical code and aboslutely no animal was, or ever will be harmed or killed for the making of the collection.
Jess Eaton’s designs will be on display at London’s White Gallery this May.
While I appreciate that Jess Eaton is asking questions that need to be asked from within the fashion industry (Kate Moss wore one of her designs in Love), but I really cannot help but feel that these look a little too much like golden era Alexander McQueen.
Unfortunately, rather than a post about the origin of our so-called luxury materials, I’ve been tempted to having a conversation about intellectual property. So back to my point…I am not pro fur, faux, real or otherwise, HOWEVER I do believe that Jess Eaton may be onto something IF one would be possessed to wear another creature but my inital reaction to this was that, it is disturbing and tragic all at the same time.
what are your thoughts?