Stella McCartney's next job... designing for the Queen's Guards?
The very last person I ever expected to be designing bearskins for the Queen's Guards is Stella McCartney. The Telegraph reports that the strictly vegan designer may soon be creating faux-fur versions of the hats as supported by PETA.
The animal rights group is meeting with Peter Luff, minister for defence equipment, today to discuss the change from real bearskin hats to a plastic fibre version. After four years of development and rigorous water repellency tests, the hats known as Bear28 are said to be ready to be put on display.
"Historically, England has a very high regard for animals, so it makes perfect sense that the MoD should continue shedding ceremonial furs from uniforms," McCartney said.
"Initially the big bear fur hats were intended to make soldiers look taller as they marched over hills in battle, but they haven't been worn in action for over a hundred years," she added.
However, the MoD are yet to be convinced. "The MoD remains open to testing material that industry might offer us to asses whether a faux fur meets the requirements for a replacement bearskin hat material," a spokesperson said. "So far industry has not been able to produce a suitable material to meet the Guards' requirements."
This on top of designing the Olympic uniforms for Team Britain and her regular design commitments - talk about a busy lady!