Remember that glorious dress made out of emerald-colored beetle wings? People found that a little gross. But British designer Rachel Freire did it one further by fashioning a pale corset-looking gown from… cow and yak nipples. Predictably, she’s taken some flack from animal rights groups, but the Central Saint Martins grad thinks she’s done something quite ethical by fashioning a striking piece from materials otherwise fated to be tannery scraps:

‘They really make you aware of the animal itself. I create fashion using material that would otherwise end up on the scrap heap. What I am doing is recycling. The people criticizing are clearly clueless about the amount of leather wasted on a daily basis.’

Freire also adds that she considers herself an artist before a designer (a distinction we appreciate, though her medium looks an awful lot like fashion). Either way, the dress is inarguably off-putting but also kind of… fascinating? Thoughts:

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As a sidenote, when off the model and un-styled (below), it reminded us of a corset dress with cage train made by Jean Paul Gaultier, which was much prettier and more feminine by virtue of not being made of cow nipples. Anyway:

(via The Daily Mail)