There’s something oddly fascinating about Russian fashion. Perhaps it’s because while the western world has spent much of the last century discarding and recycling haute coutre trends, the former Soviet Union has been rapidly discovering the world of high fashion with fresh eyes since it’s collapse in 1989. Whatever the reason may be, it’s almost impossible  not to be a little curious about an upcoming Russian fashion week or style blog.

Recently, Russian fashion designer Vladislav Aksyonov captured the design world’s attention when he opted to use live animals as part of his runway show- which was conveniently held at the St. Petersburg Zoo. Other animals used included a porcupine, owl, hawks, and a dog. While designers like Alexander McQueen have used dead animals and live bugs in their shows in the past, no designer has been gutsy enough to use such large (and often dangerous) animals.

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