PETA may not want you to wear real leather, but they’re totally cool with leather made from Alexander McQueen’s skin. The animal rights organization caught wind of designer Tina Gorjanc‘s plans to produce bags and jackets made from the lab-grown skin of the world’s biggest celebrities with her line, Pure Human, and apparently they completely approve.
PETA Foundation Director Mimi Bekhechi, said, “If Gorjanc has permission to use the skins—from the estate or otherwise – this is a far better way to create leather bags and jackets than to murder other living beings and steal their hides, simply because you don’t know them or recognize their feelings and pain.”
She continued, “Why humans want to wear or use animal skins in the 21st century, as if they were still deprived cavepeople, is a mystery and shows ignorance, arrogance, and a lack of imagination,” adding, “Gorjanc’s idea would at least make buying leather items ethical, as she didn’t kill to obtain the skins.”
PETA has a history with the late Alexander McQueen, having protested the designer’s use of leather and fur, even disrupting one of the brand’s shows in 2008—the irony.
But even with PETA on board, others have raised questions about the brand and its implications regarding the rights of biological material. The Guardian called the idea creepy and compared Gorjanc to serial killer Ed Gein. But Gorjanc believes Pure Human could advance the debate surrounding biological information and transform the present concept of luxury goods.
Either way, the project has not yet been approved, with Gorjanc having just applied for the patent. If she succeeds, “human leather” could revolutionize the fashion industry and make PETA’s job a whole lot easier.