The Dress Made From …Cow Nipples.

Via Lynn Hasselberger
on Sep 26, 2011
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Controversy at London Fashion Week.

Photo via Rachel Freire

Londoners can hardly be called prudes, but a dress made from 3,000 protruding cow nipplesnot yak, as erroneously reported—had Fashion Week attendees clutching at their pearls. Designed by Liverpool-born designer Rachel Freire, whose clientele includes celebrities like Christina Aguilera and Courtney Love, the floor-length gown has raised the ire of the British public, politicians, and animal-rights groups alike, who have branded it “inappropriate and disturbing,” “absolutely grotesque,” “sickening and repulsive,” and a “runaway freak show, according to the gossip website. ~ via

Where do the materials come from?

According to Rachel Freire (via her facebook page),

…they are collected from the waste in a tannery which works to incredibly high standards to ensure it operates as ethically as possible…  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.

Now… would you wear it? I would.

It’s a statement for the earth. Although, as much as my wardrobe needs an overhaul, I’m not sure I could there’s no way I could pull it off.

More about the designer.

In 2003, Rachel Freire was offered a place studying fashion in Central Saint Martins. She turned it down to accept a place in the CSM School of Art to study Design for Performance. The fashion school didn’t understand why anyone would do this thing and refused to release her for three months, which kinda screwed her finances. In 2008 she decided that fashion might not be so awful as was this loanless rude experience, founded her label, and the rest is history.

Rachel Freire debut fashion collection was presented at London Fashion Week with On|Off in February 2009 at the Science Museum in London.
Already her work has been seen in publications such as Vogue, Dazed and Confused, AnOther, Zink, Issue One, Sublime, and art press such as Timeout London, Juxtapoz, Illustrated Ape, Art Business Today and Metro.


About Lynn Hasselberger

Lynn Hasselberger is co-founder of GDGD Radio; The Green Divas Managing Editor; and Producer of The Green Divas Radio Show. She's also a mom, writer and award-winning cat-herder who lives in Chicagoland. Sunrises, running, yoga, lead-free chocolate and comedy are just a few of her fave things. In her rare moments of spare time, she blogs at and A treehugger and social media addict, you'll most likely find Lynn on twitter (@LynnHasselbrgr @GreenDivaLynn & @myEARTH360), instagram and facebook. She hopes to make the world a better place, have more fun, re-develop her math skills and overcome her fear of public speaking. Like her writing? Subscribe to her posts.


6 Responses to “The Dress Made From …Cow Nipples.”

  1. Jody says:

    Of course what we all really want to know is not "would you wear a dress made from cow nipples," but "what happens to your cow nipple dress when it's cold out?"


  2. LOL, Jody! Thanks for checking it out and for the humorous comment. Cheers!

  3. I agree, Nancy–handbags would be great. The dress is very impractical. But I suppose most pieces from fashion shows are never seen in real life. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment! Cheers!

  4. Yogini5 says:

    Lady Gaga would find a GREAT use for cow-nipple any-dress!

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