watercolour painting of a fox fur stole biting its bum

Vintage Fox Fur Stole My Heart

I’ve met my fair share of vintage fur coats and I’ve seen a good few taxidermied animals, but it wasn’t until I found myself in a vintage shop in Lincoln the other weekend that I was confronted with racks of vintage fur stoles, scarves and hats.  The fur looked rich in colour, very enticing, so I went to stroke the soft looking fur.  At my touch, I saw little fox limbs sway like wind charms underneath.  As I investigated further, more limbs, frozen faces and limp tails became apparent, beautiful and sad at the same time.

Then as I saw more than one animal stitched together (my mind thinks of Human Centipede), designer labels sewn on their underbellies, heads split in half for decoration, it all seemed a bit ludicrous and dare I say it – funny.  If you’re familiar with my sense of humour, you’ll know it’s macabre.  The whole experience prompted me to create this little poem and accompanying artwork.

watercolour painting of a fox fur stole on a hanger

With gorgeous colours, oh what a sight,
And soft to touch, a real delight!
But Lifeless Fox got me thinking
As its glassy eyes watched unblinking,
Seemed odd when ladies must-have-a
Shiny, glorious fox cadaver.
Its spindly legs placed to dangle
With added poppers so as not to tangle;
In order to keep the wearer warm,
Designer made its shape conform
Now its peg-jaw can bite its own arse
– I wonder if death is naught but a farce.

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One thought on “Vintage Fox Fur Stole My Heart

  1. Laura that is totally the reason I bought my tail biting vintage fox stole – his eyes were cross eyed and his face was so funny looking I couldn’t resist! You have hit the nail on the head here!

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