Leading designers Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCartney could be set to develop new view of Queen’s guards uniforms.
Queen’s guards are an iconic London sight, as familiar to the tourist as Big Ben and Tower Bridge.
The tall black bearskin hats, that are usually worn by the Queen’s Guards, are something of a London landmark but have always caused discussion among animal lovers as one bear has to be killed for each hat made. Their use began in the wake of the Battle of Waterloo where they became spoils of war taken by the Grenadier Guards when British beat Napoleon’s Imperial Guard – who also wore bearskin. Animal rights campaigners from PETA have long been shoving for an alternate to be used – and now Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood could be stepping in to help.
This week PETA are set to contact with officials from the Ministry of Defence to put forward plans for another variant of materials and designs that could be used. Long-time vegetarian Stella McCartney and British fashion faithful Vivienne Westwood are just two of the designers who PETA have on standby to design something new and perfected if the M.O.D. give them the go-ahead.
A Minister of Defence spokesman told the Telegraph in London:
The MoD is not opposed to the use of synthetic materials as an alternative to bearskins, provided such materials meet the requirement for a high quality product that performs adequately in all weather conditions. Regrettably, a suitable alternative continues to prove elusive.” he said.
We can’t wait to see what they will make with the uniforms and hope a Stella-designed faux fur alternative can be found for the Queen’s guards.
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