Fashion is the New Barnyard

At least, this is how fashionista.com is choosing to say it. Animals have been placed in fashion photographs since the 1800’s but that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily a good thing. Sure, it’s sexy to see Cara Delevingne holding a rare owl in her mini winter whites, her legs crossed sexily, giving us that come here and let’s *&%@ look. Hell, who’s even really looking at the owl. But just like sex sells, so do animals.

CARA DELEVINGNE FOR MULBERRY. PHOTOGRAPHER REMAINS ANONYMOUS.

Joshua Katcher, author of the forthcoming book Fashion and Animals says, “There are a few things that humans are perpetually fascinated with. Sex, death, the occult, and animals. When you put animals in fashion media, there will be a primal part of anyone’s brain activated.” In short, he says, “Animals always work.”

Of course, like anything else in the world, there’s going to be an argument. Fashion nemesis, PETA, argues that the animals being used as “models” or props are not being properly cared for. They point to the animals living in deplorable conditions and the animal training compounds and are beaten or shocked during training sessions.

PHOTO BY GREG KADEL

PHOTO BY STEVEN MEISEL

PHOTO BY HERB RITTS

Melissa Rodwell