Stella McCartney (born 1971) 

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Stella McCartney created this skirt when she was chief designer at Paris fashion house Chloé. She took her inspiration from a painting, ‘Horse attacked by a Lion’ by Liverpool-born artist George Stubbs (1724-1806). Stubbs painted a series of paintings on this theme, one of which (shown above) is in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.

The daughter of Paul and Linda McCartney, Stella is known as a vegetarian and supporter of animal rights. She does not design using fur or leather. As an animal-lover, her design for the skirt is an intriguing choice.

This skirt, which is not currently on display, is from the Decorative Art collection at the Walker Art Gallery.

  • Skirt, viscose-linen mix with painted and appliquéd silk motif from George Stubbs’ 1762 painting ‘Horse attacked by a Lion’
  • Designed by Stella McCartney for Chloé, 2001
  • Accession number: WAG 2001.43