Carrie Johnson attacks “gloomy” couture dresses with fake animal heads

Irina Shayk walks the catwalk in a dress with an artificial lion's head - Estrop

Irina Shayk walks the catwalk in a dress with an artificial lion’s head – Estrop

Carrie Johnson has accused the Italian fashion house of promoting trophy hunting after supermodels wore life-sized fake animal heads on the Paris Fashion Week runway.

Schiaparelli’s show was billed as a haute couture exploration of Dante’s Hell with depictions of the poem’s three beasts – a lion, a leopard, and a wolf.

The black dress with a faux lion’s head adorning the front was modeled by Irina Shayk, while Naomi Campbell modeled a black faux fur coat with a wolf’s head emerging from the left shoulder.

Canadian model Shalom Harlow wore a strapless snow leopard dress with a faux leopard head poking out of the bust.

The lion’s headdress was also worn by model and celebrity Kylie Jenner who attended the show.

Naomi Campbell modeled a black faux fur coat with a wolf head - Estrop

Naomi Campbell modeled a black faux fur coat with a wolf head – Estrop

But the show has caused environmentalists including Carrie Johnson to accuse the fashion brand of “promoting trophy hunting” with fake animal heads.

Ms Johnson posted online about the show with the message: “Grim! True or false, it only promotes trophy hunting. Yuck”.

The show was also condemned as “disturbing” by photographer Misan Harriman, who had previously photographed portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The creations were part of the Schiaparelli Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2023 - Michel Euler collection

The creations were part of the Schiaparelli Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2023 – Michel Euler collection

Schiaparelli’s creative director Daniel Roseberry said the pieces, handcrafted from foam resin and other man-made materials, were a form of “fake taxidermy”.

He added that the poem is “an allegory of doubt” in which the narrator, Dante’s second-in-command and also referred to as Dante, “is almost exactly middle-aged at the beginning of the narrative” when he finds himself “halfway through our life’s journey.”

“And yet, as he climbs deeper and deeper into hell, he realizes how little he really knows – all these years, all his life, and yet he remains in this “dark forest”, the path he once walked has disappeared from his mind. eyes,” he added.

“Leopard, lion and she-wolf – representing lust, pride and greed respectively – find form here in spectacular creations of artificial taxidermy,” he wrote in his program notes.

The show focused on animals as three of Dante’s most “spirited images”, he said, as well as exploring the idea of ​​how images can easily deceive the viewer, with three looks created for each of Hell’s nine circles.

Ms. Jenner also drew criticism on social media after she sat in the front row of the show wearing a black dress adorned with one of Schiaparelli’s life-sized and incredibly realistic lions.

Kylie Jenner wore a lion headdress to attend the show - Arnold Jerocki

Kylie Jenner wore a lion headdress to attend the show – Arnold Jerocki

Separately, Doja Cat’s appearance drew attention from the front row, with the artist painted red and covered in tens of thousands of Swarovski crystals.

Former South African MP Phumzile van Damme said the show showed why “the fashion industry needs to take a step back and reassess its ethics”.

“First we had the Balenciaga scandal and now we have the Schiaparelli scandal. This normalizes, gives a flash of acceptance, and makes canning and trophy hunting of endangered species “fashionable.” Artificial or not, it’s in bad taste,” she said.

The artificial heads have been hand sculpted from foam, resin, wool and silk faux fur before being hand painted

The artificial heads have been hand sculpted from foam, resin, wool and silk faux fur before being hand painted

Ms Johnson accused the brand of

Ms Johnson accused the brand of “promoting trophy hunting” with fake animal heads

In November 2022, clothing brand Balenciaga made headlines when children held stuffed toys in captive outfits in its Christmas campaign, prompting calls for a boycott of the brand. The fashion house later apologized for the campaign.

Ingrid Newkirk, founder of the animal rights charity PETA US, said Schiaparella’s animal heads were “incredibly innovative” and showed that “where there is a will, there is a way – and Kylie’s gaze celebrates the beauty of lions and can be a protest against trophy hunting in which lion families are torn apart to satisfy human egotism.”

She added that PETA is urging Ms Jenner to exclude wool and silk products from her fashion purchases, and said consumers should opt for “100 percent cruelty-free designs that showcase human ingenuity and prevent animal suffering.”

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