Bestial style for winter?

Susan’s globetrotting again. Here’s a winter warmer from her archives…

Big furry ears make me happy. It might work for you too. Can you imagine the winter high street bustling with creatures? Foxes, badgers, the odd Minotaur, not to mention all the beasts you can’t name. Could hats change the world?

Asks Lewes based felt-maker and performance artist, Barbara Keal.

Here are some of her designs:

Could this be part of a retro-regressive trend? As we turn ourselves into animals, dogs are getting their own London restaurant. Soon we’ll all be back sharing primordial-style long houses with our livestock.

And who is responsible for this curious clothing time warp? Antler wearers have included fashion leader, Lady Gaga, and other well-heeled looking, neatly dressed types.

The recent cold weather may be partially to blame. And, of course, at Christmas anything is acceptable.

Will you be tempted to unleash your inner beast?

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Trend consultant Susan Muncey, is Editor of Visuology Magazine. In 2008, she founded online curiosity shop, She writes on style and trends for several blogs, including, and The Dabbler. She previously owned cult West London boutique, Fashion Gallery, one of the first concept stores in the world. Susan graduated in geography from Cambridge University and is also an Associate Member of the CFA Institute. She lives in London with her husband.

5 thoughts on “Bestial style for winter?

  1. Worm
    December 1, 2012 at 11:15

    Hardly a day goes by when Im not required to unleash my inner beast

    December 1, 2012 at 11:22

    Could hats change the world?

    Why not? I thought this was silly at first, but when I imagined thousands of people in antlers and traditional Viking garb marching through the streets for world peace and human rights, I became really quite excited.

    December 1, 2012 at 13:47

    I don’t suppose this will get far in countries where the association of horns and cuckoldry remains (if it does). The gesture with which University of Texas football fans signal “hook ’em [Long]horns” would once have invited a fistfight in parts of Europe, and for all I know might still.

    Did any primordial folk actually wear horned headgear for anything but perhaps a cult ceremony (Plains tribes preparing for a buffalo hunt, say)? Certainly everyone says that the Vikings didn’t wear the horned helmets we imagine.

      December 1, 2012 at 17:05

      Isn’t making cuckoldry signs still popular in Italy?

    December 1, 2012 at 17:48

    Following on from yesterday’s account of a smashing lunch, I could imagine Morris dancers, perhaps in Cornwall or Devon, wearing hats like this using the spiny limbs of giant deep-sea crabs rather than antlers or horns. These could then be detached and used as batons during the dance, unleashing the inner Beast of Biscay. Any spectators from southern Europe might not then be tempted associate the performance with cuckoldry (” these crazy English, they celebrate being cuckolded by drinking beer and dancing together in public”).

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