HSM 2017: Challenge 12 - Go Wild

December Challenge 12 - Go Wild and make something that incorporates animal print, or wild animals in some way, or to simply make something wild and over the top.

When incorporating wild animals into fashion, fur is the most obvious choice. It was used for ages, even longer then woven textiles. Furs were priced not only because they are warm, but as sign of social status too. For example ermine, winter fur stoat (small weasel-like animal), was symbol of king, queens and high nobility.

Bibliothéque nationale de France

Later become this material become available for "common" people. It was used creatively, not only for capes and trims but for accesorise too.

Colar, scarf and muff from ermine, 1910´s or 1920´s:

Augusta Auctions

Pair of embroidered black velvet slippers with fur trim from Russia, 1840´s:

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Monkey fur became fashionable during the mid- to late-1930s. Rich ladies wore monkey coats or used fur as decoration.

Evening dress trimmed with monkey fur by Hattie Carnegie, 1938:

Metropolitan Museum of Art

One of most popular furs is from leopard. Once priced in Orient it penetrated into European fashion and stay till today.

Ladies in leopard skin coats, 1920´s:

Harpers Bazaar

It was not reserved for ladies only, but gentleman wore it too - Marianne Loir, Portrait of a Man Seated at a Desk, ca. 1750:

Portland Art Museum

Leopad skin started to be imitated by various fabrics very quickly, plush and velvet with leopard pattern were extremly popular.

John Smyth of Heath Hall by Pompeo Batoni, 1773:

York Art Gallery

Interesting choice is use of this motive on silk brocade.

French brocaded fabric for lady´s gown, 1760´s:

Victoria and Albert Museum

Not only patterns from animal skins and furs but whole animals or hunting scenes were depicted on fabrics.

Silk lampas, late 16th century:

Paris, musée de Cluny

Textile with Lions, Gazelles and Foliage,14th century

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Bag, hunting scene embroided with pearls and metal thread, 1609:

Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresen

/Knitted early 18th century petticoat with with animals, birds and trees. The motifs are knitted in purl and plain on a background of stocking stitch:

Victoria and Albert Museum

Bird and insects motives were no exception, especially in early 1900´s.

Silk dress, 1904:

Metropolitan Museum of Art

There were also other parts of animals used for decoration, not only hair. One of most interesting is embroidery done with shiny metal-like beetle wings.

Skirt border embroidered with beetles, 1865 - 1875:

Mode Muze

Bird´s feathers (like ostrich or peacock) were used on hats for centuries. Fashion for not only feathers but whole birds of paradise almost cause extinction to whole population.

Hat decorated with bird of paradise, ca. 1910

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Today ethical standarts discourage people from using products of wild animals. This challenge could be made with animal prints, motifs or faux materials, but I really like this "history inspired" hat, what an idea!

Cristina de Prada

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