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Saying Yes to the Monarch-For-a-Day Dress

Posted by Richard Conniff on October 25, 2013

I don’t normally do fashion, but this one caught my eye.  Most designers pretty much stick to leopard spots and reptile skins when they draw from the natural world.  But this one is different, and nicely autumnal.  O.k., modelling a dress on a monarch butterfly raises questions about the wearer:  Does she migrate?  Is she a toxic female? If you go out on a date, will she be happy eating milkweed?  And, um, why doesn’t she have any legs?

Sorry to say, I don’t remember where I spotted this, but the artist has signed it Jon Hamilton-Ford, I think. Oh, wait, here’s the link and, um, still sorry to say, he seems to be hawking “fine art” prints on the internet.

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