Birds, Taxidermied Birds That Is (Orla Kiely’s Bewitching Video)


My last post highlighted the use of taxidermied birds in Orla Kiely’s bewitching video lookbook. And it seems it’s not only here that birds have cropped up – they’re having quite the fashion moment.

Not only do they adorn the dresses in Miu Miu’s autumn/winter ad campaign…
…they appear on the ever-controversial cover of Love magazine’s autumn/winter edition.
Though bird motifs can be the epitome of twee, most of the ones I’ve seen so far are more on the sinister side. This isn’t the first time the trend has come around – as Into the Fashion duly pointed out in this blog post, Gareth Pugh and Alexander McQueen are just two designers to have worked eery bird designs into their collections in the past.
I can’t conclude this blog post without mentioning how much these creations remind me of Polly Morgan’s art. The London eccentric is a registered taxidermist and frequently utilises (ethically sourced) birds in her pieces….

Creeped out yet???

Rosa Abbott
Rosa Abbott is an arts, fashion and culture obsessive originating from Yorkshire, England, and currently living in Dublin, Ireland. On top of being a student at the illustrious Trinity College, she is a freelance journalist, writing for a number of Irish publications, and also edits the visual arts section of entertainment magazine Totally Dublin.

When she's not up to her eyeballs in writing, Rosa works as an assistant to stylist Aisling Farinella and volunteers at various art galleries. Her musings on life, style and art can also be found over at her blog, Too Gallant.
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