The Wild Side of Fashion

February 27, 2014 2 min read

The cache of animal prints in clothing and accessories is alive and well in the collections of 2014, but it's popularity goes back far into history.


Imagine primitive man and woman, wrapped in exotic furs to ward off the
chill of winter, and provide protection from the rigors of life. Later, Royals regarded animal skins as the ultimate symbols of wealth and power. Throughout history. pelts and trophies have adorned their homes, and fur has trimmed their clothing.
Dior took animal prints to a high level of chic in the 50's, using leopard print for his clothing, accessories, and ad campaigns. No outfit was chic, or complete, without a touch of the exotic material. Think Catherine Deneuve in Belle du Jour, who embodied the vibe a few years later with cool sophistication.
The wild and free hippie chicks of the 60's sported cheetah, leopard, and zebra prints in bold colors NOT found in nature. These morphed into punk rock variations on leotards, stockings, and teddies, in prints that were edgy, sexy, and a little dangerous.
Very Blondie….
Diane Von Furstenberg previewed her first iconic wrap dress in 1976, and launched the beginning of 40 years of sexy slithery ladies. Her animal prints continue to be chic, sophisticated and timeless dressing for women of all ages and body types. It doesn't get any more alluring than Amy Adams in American Hustle, her wardrobe inspired by David O'Russell's admiration for DVF.
So join us in celebrating the newest versions of Diane's classic dress at PEARL now. Express your wild side, in the most ladylike of ways!