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 politiciansA 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.