Fashion in the Flesh

Looking for something to get your fashionable mother-in-law this Christmas? The answer is not to be found in Pinar Yolacan’s meat fashions. Yolacan dresses women in clothes made of tripe, guts, offal, and the placentas of cows, then takes their portraits. In a Style.com interview, she explains that because of the warm weather in Belize, where she shot her latest photos, the meat had to be frozen:

The clothes are quite constricting, because they’re heavy—especially since the meat is frozen. It forces [the women] to sit a certain way, which isn’t necessarily very comfortable. For me, the clothes are like a second skin they need to get used to. Which is what most Western fashion is, historically.

Serious Eats features another meat-oriented photographer, Alex Lucka, whose “Food & Beauty” series shows a fashion model wrapped in prosciutto, tuna steaks, and eel, among other uncooked delicacies.

Helmut Newton (warning: Some images probably not safe for work) did the model-and-meat thing back in the ’70s, while other contemporary artists have used meat as a way to comment on the transience of fashion and beauty (warning: raw). Meat: It’s what’s for couture.

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