Ahead of London Fashion Week starting, as part of our Morte Couture catwalk countdown, get to know our featured designers a little bit more…
DEATH + GLORY – Meet Joanna Shears (and Billy the Squirrel)
First up, we’d like to introduce you to the very lovely Joanna Shears. She’s attended several Art Macabre events in the past, always wearing the most striking of head attire! Now it’s her turn for her wearable taxidermy creations to take centre stage and have her designs modelled on the Morte Couture catwalk on Tuesday and Thursday evenings next week.
When we decided to do a macabre millinery and masks special for this year’s London Fashion Week inspired salons, Death + Glory were top of our hitlist! Take a peek at the photos and their website and we think you’ll soon see why…look out for Billy the squirrel too.
Death + Glory is a London based company creating bespoke wearable and decorative taxidermy. Creative Director, Joanna Shears uses a mix of original taxidermy (handmade by her) and repurposed vintage pieces to create unique and stylish designs.
With a background in Fine Art, costume making and Art Direction she brings originality and innovation to her work. Joanna’s passion for taxidermy started as a very young child and she is now secretary to the UK Guild of Taxidermists, helping to promote, encourage and maintain the highest standards within the industry.
Death + Glory has been featured in several high fashion publications including Dark Beauty Magazine and New York based Ellements.
Take a peek at Death + Glory’s website for more photos and pieces, past editorials and some simply inspiringly dark yet beautiful fashion photography and styling…
We adore the ‘History of Melancholia’ editorial especially from Make Believe magazine.
Which design would you dare to wear? Death + Glory can create items to order, so get in touch if you’d like something extra special that you see.
Come and sketch our nude models wearing these very wearable taxidermy creations at our Morte Couture events, in Kingston and Islington, during London Fashion Week? Tickets here.
Here’s Joanna with a skull…just because!