FIERCE: The History of Leopard Print by Jo Weldon
NEWS FLASH! I am thrilled and honored to be included in Jo Weldon’s new book hot off the press, FIERCE, The History of Leopard Print. Jo included a photo of The Style Crone in the chapter, “A Brief History of Vintage Clothing.” I’ve been in love with leopard print, since the 1970’s, when I began wearing and collecting vintage. I have leopard print everything: hats, clothing, jewelry, shoes, and it can be seen throughout my home adorning pillows, rugs, chair coverings, and on and on. It has been popular in every era that I’ve experienced during my life, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. Even if it fell from favor, I would wear it anyway.
Jo Weldon is an expert in the study of contemporary burlesque, women’s issues, and retro fashion. Her lectures and events about the history of leopard print have been featured in Mental Floss, The Financial Times, and the New York Times, as well as international style magazines. You can find out more about her work and more about leopard print on her website HERE… From “About the Author” in the book.
If you love leopard print as much as I do, this is the book for you. Throughout this impeccably researched book, Jo covers all aspects of the history and significance of leopard. Included are 150 captivating images, which enhance the fun and fascinating information that is presented. Be prepared to be entertained and to meet amazing heroes, goddesses, icons, trophy wives, bad mothers, supervillains, activists, fashion designers, and more.
She also discusses the importance of contributing to the fight for the survival of living leopards and their environment, the imperative for sustainable fashion, and organizations to join to participate in this effort. The new information that I now enjoy about my favorite print only serves to appreciate and cherish it more. You can purchase this treasure of a tome HERE.
In honor of my feature in this inspirational book, I’m wearing my beloved leopard print fabric hat, which can be molded into numerous shapes depending on my mood, and matching gauntlets trimmed with leopard print, both by Norma Kamali. We carried these pieces of wearable art in my hat shop in the l980’s. It’s no surprise that they have permanent residence in the hat room. These timeless pieces have been favorites since the first time I laid eyes on their beauty.
One of the concepts in the book that instantly resonated with me was that, “wearing leopard print identifies with the leopard and the qualities of strength, adaptability, independence, resilience, and the state of being fierce.” No wonder I feel empowered when wearing the spots of “the big cat.”
The black deco chair with leopard print seat covering graced the hat shop for the over four years that it was open. It was the perfect accessory for my outfit, which also included a black maxi dress from Cou Cou HERE, gold vintage jewelry from estate sales, black booties from a retail sale, and of course, red lipstick.
Thank you Jo Weldon, for the honor. I will be catching your book signing at the Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver sometime in September. You can be sure that I will be wearing leopard!
Photos By Daniel