The “Roadkill Couture” collection from British designer/makeup artist Jess Eaton.
These pieces are so gorgeous! They look like something I’d see in a Julie Taymor film, and they are reminiscent of Colleen Atwood’s work. So striking.
The philosophy behind Jess Eaton’s collection is to stop by-materials of animals (which would otherwise be thrown away) from going to waste. Instead of their fur, bones, and feathers rotting away, she takes them and turns them into “things of beauty”. These materials come from roadkill or animals that have died from natural causes.
“There’s a huge taboo about using fur for clothing,” Jess says. “But the animals I’ve used didn’t die for their fur. Absolutely no animal was harmed or died for the creation of this collection. I’ve used the by-products of animals that we throw away on a daily basis, animals that have died of natural causes, animals that were accidentally killed on our roads, and even vermin.”
Kimberley Mok: “With Jess Eaton, Roadkill Couture is about zero waste, as well as reversing our culture’s increasing desensitization to death and cruelty, and re-defining what sustainability can honestly mean, especially in an industry that often tries to downplay its inhumane practices and environmental impact.”
I’m so excited to see where Jess’s career goes. I hope to see a movie one day filled with her costumes.