“[The nipples] are collected from the waste in a tannery which works to incredibly high standards to ensure it operates as ethically as possible in an industry those on here would find abhorrent by design. All of the leather used is a byproduct of the meat industry and the nipples are a byproduct of that leather production. They are waste. They are not ‘baby’ animals which have been tortured, because if this was the case, anyone wearing leather shoes is also a torturer, as bad as you see me. Their use is absolutely no different to any use of leather, the source is exactly the same. To specifically attack me for using the most narrative part of the animal seems strange when everyone who uses leather is doing exactly the same thing, it is just more abstract and therefore more socially acceptable. THIS is what I object to.” – designer Rachel Frieir defending, on her Facebook page, her use of the “most narrative part of the animal” in creating her floor-length evening gown made of 3,000 cow nipples, trotted out on the runway during London Fashion Week.
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