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Designers Imagine An Eco-Friendly World Where Waste Is Fashionable

Meat waste is the statement item you need in 2016.

Hey, readers! Your friendly Huffington Post Arts & Culture fashion forecast here.

While other style sites may be preaching the trending glory of black lipstick and sheer tops, we have a hot tip that will surely set you apart from the pack. Cow intestines. Pig entrails. Yes, girl, I'm talking meat waste -- stripped, tanned, and slung around you're neck like you're a bohemian butcher about to hit the club.

"Hidden Beauty -- Inner Skins" is the latest project from Studio Gutedort, fronted by Germany-based textile designers Eva Schlechte and Jennifer Hier, whose work explores the intersection between nature and culture. Their art-meets-science-meets-fashion ventures revive forgotten materials and methods, bringing them contemporary relevance.

This particular project aims to illuminate the beauty and value in the meat parts most often left behind. Everyone loves leather but rarely do pig entrails end up on the pages of Vogue.

To prepare their meat products for the runway, the artists first clean and chemically acidify the innards, then tan them in vegetable tanning liquor for around two months. Finally, the pieces are dipped in three different types of fat, acidified once again, and colored to get that signature bloody animal carcass hue. 

The intestinal accessories harken back to a time when innards were all the rage, when, as The Creators Project reminded us, "kids played with pig bladder balloons, soldiers used raw animal bowel as swimming belts, and doctors stitched people up with sheep bowels." Don't you miss that time?

But to be real, there is an earthly beauty to the textured accessories, which resemble a leathery cousin of kelp. Toying with our instincts of attraction and repulsion, Studio Gutedort illuminates an eco-friendly world where waste is beautiful.

  • Photo by Philip Kottlorz
  • Photo by Philip Kottlorz
  • Photo by Philip Kottlorz
  • Photo by Philip Kottlorz
  • Photo by Maximilian Mehlhorn
  • Photo by Maximilian Mehlhorn
  • Photo by Maximilian Mehlhorn
  • Photo by Maximilian Mehlhorn

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