London Fashion Week usually brings forth a shock or two from cutting-edge designers, but a creation by Rachel Freire might have raised the bar: a floor-length dress made from 3,000 cow nipples (designed to resemble roses).
Initial disgust for the garment centered on implied animal abuse.
But Freire deflected that issue by pointing out that the nipples had been discarded by a tannery and that her use amounted to “recycling.”
The 32-year-old Freire, who has worked with mainstream entertainers such as Christina Aguilera, was kept so busy with the animal-abuse angle that she was largely spared having to explain another issue — why anyone would want to wear a dress made with cow nipples.
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Death is big business in Japan, with 1.2 million people a year passing away and over taxing the country’s cemeteries and crematoriums.
With the average wait for disposal at least several days, and space running short in funeral homes, “corpse hotels” have opened in many cities, with climate-controlled “guest rooms” renting for the equivalent of about $155 a night, with viewing rooms where relatives can visit the bodies daily until cremation is available.
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