Fashion is a form of art and self-expression that continues to evolve at macro and micro levels, from changing color palettes and patterns with the seasons to looks that define entire eras. One of the things that is becoming a major faux pas? Beautify the fur of endangered animals.
This week, billionaire Kylie Jenner sparked heated conversation on the topic when she wore an asymmetrical black dress with a lifelike lion’s head emblazoned on one shoulder.
“Beauty and the Beast,” Jenner posted on Instagram with a picture of herself in the dress, thanking luxury brand Schiaparelli for designing the dress and its creative director, Danielle Rosebery. “Wow, I loved wearing this piece of fake art, handcrafted with man-made materials. Beautiful. Beautiful.”
Fans were quick to take advantage of the comments section to claim that the lion’s head wasn’t the head of a killed animal, but was made of foam and other materials (some of which were of animal origin), but it didn’t look right. I pointed out that I was accused. “Animals are not booty,” read the post’s top comment.
Some celebrities have praised Jenner’s look, garnering a number of negative comments, saying it gives them “great Leo energy,” a reference to Jenner’s zodiac sign.
The top comment, translated from Spanish, reads, “When we think money and fame give us the right to stand above all, we ignore the greater struggle to protect the wildlife we leave behind.
Glamorizing Trophy Hunting in Fashion
The dress worn by Jenner is part of a larger collection Schiaparelli showed at Paris Fashion Week this month. In addition to Jenner’s lion dress, the brand showcased other designs, including a snow leopard headdress dress and a black wolf dress (worn by supermodels Shalom Harlow and Naomi Campbell, respectively).
“The leopard, lion and she-wolf represent lust, pride and greed in Dante’s iconic allegory. Hand-carved foam, resin, wool and silk faux fur, hand-painted to look just like the real thing.” It’s possible,” the brand posted on Instagram, making sure to include the statement in all caps, “No animals were harmed in creating this look.”
The post also drew backlash from commenters pointing out that the fashion world is disconnected from the natural world, with some commenters using these animal heads to send climate crisis messages. This suggests that it was adapted to the times.
Supermodel Christie Brinkley took to Instagram to talk about Schiaparelli’s use of fake animal heads. Picked up, the severed head appears to wrap itself up to be seen as a stylish beauty… Fur is a symbol of human cruelty and ignorance.
“The beauty of these magnificent animals comes when you see them alive, respected, protected and roaming freely,” said Brinkley. It is a fake “foot” of. ”
Did Schiaparelli harm animals while crafting his looks? While welcoming, they condemned the use of animal-derived materials.
“The ‘heads’ that these garments are adorned with look so real that Schiaparelli’s collection is such a commotion‘, Moira Colley, PETA’s Associate Director of Media Relations, told VegNews. “PETA is grateful that the show has sparked lively conversations about the violence of trophy hunting and the cruelty associated with the materials in these pieces, wool and silk, which are actually stolen from animals.
Trophy Hunting Cruelty
Schiaparelli’s design was originally created to evoke sin from Dante’s Inferno, but its backlash has spawned a new public conversation about the brutality of trophy hunting. Finally, in 2015, American dentist Theo was set on fire en masse by the lion Cecil, who was killed by Bronkhorst.
“A shocking animal head design on the Schiaparelli Couture runway in Paris has sparked outrage online,” said Liz Cabrera Holtz, Wildlife Campaign Manager at World Animal Care in the United States, in a statement. said in. “People are understandably upset by designs that are associated with the extremely cruel act of trophy hunting.”
Cabrera Holz explained that US trophy hunters kill more than 100,000 wild animals annually abroad. “Trophy hunters pay a lot of money to kill wild animals that are trapped or held captive,” she said. “Public outrage is proof that trophy hunting is widely condemned by the public. ) calls for a zero-tolerance law banning trophy hunting and the importation of wild animal body parts.”
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Anna Starostinetskaya is VegNews Senior News Editor, keeping an eye on all things vegan in her hometown of San Francisco, California and elsewhere.