Stella McCartney

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, Spring 2001

Accession number 2001.43

Black halter top and skirt with horse motif

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, Spring 2001. Reproduction halter-neck top, polyester satin, 2006. Synthetic leather evening sandals, 2006

Stella McCartney's clothes range from the romantic and feminine to the sharply tailored, with women’s suits being a particularly strong point. This partly reflects her early training on London’s famous Savile Row, home of classic British tailoring.

McCartney is also known as a vegetarian and supporter of animal rights groups. Consequently, she does not design for fur or leather and even her shoes are made from a leather-like material derived from plants. 

Between 1997 and 2001 she was chief designer at Paris fashion house Chloé. While there, she designed this skirt in linen and a man-made fibre, decorated with the image of a lion attacking a horse, a somewhat strange choice of subject for an animal lover.

McCartney was directly inspired by a painting by Liverpool-born artist George Stubbs (1724-1806). Stubbs painted this theme many times and there are at least six surviving versions of the scene. McCartney’s inspiration comes from the 1762 painting, 'Horse attacked by a lion', now in the Paul Mellon Collection at the Yale University Centre for British Art, New Haven, USA. The Walker Art Gallery has its own version|, painted by Stubbs in 1770.    

Purchased from Cricket, Cavern Walks, Liverpool, 2001. 

Rear view                 

Rear view of black skirt