Dress made from 3,000 cow and yak nipples cause outrage
A dress made from 3,000 cow and yak nipples has enraged animal rights activists and politicians.
The provocative piece -- created from patches of cattle hide recovered from tanneries -- was created by British designer Rachel Freire and revealed at the London Fashion Week under her spring/summer 2012 collection - called Nippleocalypse.
Both animal rights campaigners and MPs have been expressing their outrage at the 32-year-old Liverpudlian for her wacky wares, which include an intricate bra, made from layers of protruding nipples.
"It seems to me absolutely grotesque. I think most people will find it sickening and repulsive," the Daily Mail quoted Labour MP Kerry McCarthy as telling People.
Justin Kerswell from animal rights organisation Viva added: "Isn't the way we treat farmed animals bad enough without turning their dead bodies into a runway freakshow?"
Freire, who is set to showcase her latest collection at Paris Fashion Week, defended her creations saying: "They really make you aware of the animal itself."
"I create fashion using material that would otherwise end up on the scrap heap.
"What I am doing is recycling. The people criticising are clearly clueless about the amount of leather wasted on a daily basis," she stated.