The beloved animal print is a trend that has stayed relevant throughout the seasons, and is a versatile yet classic print that can be worn everyday. Fashion forward shoppers are wild for animal print dresses, and so our stylists at Montique have looked back at the history of the animal print and handpicked our favourite animal print inspired dresses.
Before its rise to popularity in the fashion industry, animal prints were considered a sign of power. Kings and Queens owned animal print rugs to show off their status and hunters would dress themselves in leopard skin to embody the speed and agility of the animal. In the 1930’s, leopard skin prints became popular in Hollywood, and they soon caught the eye of consumers. The animal print was an adventurous and exciting change from the usual fashion, and designers started to produce more and more styles decorated with animal prints.
The forties and fifties saw American pin-up girls embrace the bold animal pattern, wearing corsets and body-con style dresses that celebrated their silhouette. During the sixties, animal print gained mainstream popularity thanks to public figures like Jackie Gennedy and Jean Shrimpton. In the late sixties, consumers started to protest against real fur consumption, and in response Rudi Gernreich dedicated a whole collection to faux animal print, sparking a revolutionary change in the fashion world.
Animal prints continued to be embraced throughout the 1980’s onwards, worn by celebrities from the Spice Girls to Naomi Campbell. Nowadays, the animal print has become an iconic and classic style that is fierce yet feminine, neutral yet bold. From a leopard print to a snakeskin print, they work with every occasion, skin tone and colour palette for the perfect wardrobe staple.
Our Isla Animal Print dress is an iconic dress for day to dinner. Decorated with a halter neck, adjustable waist tie and a wrap around skirt, the Isla is an exciting animal print option for your next day to night outfit!
The snakeskin print trend has slithered its way into this season’s trends, and we love it! Classified as a neutral by designers, the snakeskin print is a versatile choice for your wardrobe. This print palette is a mix of grey, browns and blacks, so it complements all skin tones and can be paired with neutral or black heels. The best part is that this print can be worn up or down and instantly elevates any outfit. Our new Katie Snakeskin Dress is our newest style adorned in a classic animal print.