Nip and tuck: Rachel Freire’s latest dress designs made from 3,000 cow nipples have sparked controversy
Nippleocalypse: One of the dresses featured in the Rachel Freire collection
Lady Gaga’s meat ensemble made from 15lb of raw beef sparked furious debate when she wore it last year.
But now a dress, fashioned from 3,000 cow and yak nipples (90 per cent cow and 10 per cent yak), has caused even more outrage.
The provocative piece – created from patches of cattle hide recovered from tanneries – was revealed at London Fashion Week by British designer Rachel Freire last Monday and is now set for the Paris catwalk.
Freire has dressed a number of edgy stars including Courtney Love and Beth Ditto but her spring/summer 2012 collection – called Nippleocalypse – is her most controversial creation yet.
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,’ Labour MP Kerry McCarthy told the People.
Miss Freire, who said she was excited about revealing her designs at Somerset House is now out to defend her creations.
She said: ‘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.’
Despite the backlash the designer is gearing up for Paris Fashion Week which kicked off today.
Starting her label in 2009 with a degree in Design and Performance from Central Saint Martins Freire had no previous experience in the fashion industry, but her unique collections have been a hit.
She said: ‘To be called a fashion designer is odd. I am an artist in wolf’s clothing.’
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?’
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