My final halloween post for 2012 (promise!) is dedicated to Rachel Freire and her Nippleocalypse collection of SS12.
Freire’s distinctive designs include a structured bodice dress made from 3000 cow and yak nipples amongst further cage-like gowns and headpieces. They were revealed at London Fashion Week and also displayed at Paris Fashion Week although too heavy to grace the runway.
Although the idea creates an initially grusome shudder, kudos is owed to this artist for creating such elegant and feminine pieces from the debris of a slaughterhouse floor. The lilac hue and floral structure are striking and it’s only on close inspection that the teats are identifiable.
Dabbling in fashion since 2009, the Liverpudlian CSM graduate is a self confessed ‘artist in wolf’s clothing’ as opposed to fashion designer and this collection certainly channels strong underlying messages.
They have been dubbed by animal rights groups as 'grotesque' but I think these powerful pieces couldn’t be further from it.
“Most of our lives these days is a fantasy world, hiding from one reality or another. So why not dress for the party?”
– Rachel Freire