World Wildlife Day – Designers Who Are Wild For Animal Print

To celebrate world wildlife day, we’ve decided to put together some of the most popular brands and designers who have been inspired and influenced by animals. With so many colours and shapes, these animals deserve some credit!

Alexander McQueen

Nature was an important reference for Alexander McQueen. Sarah Burton, the current creative director was inspired by the cycle of life, flowers and butterflies in her Autumn/Winter 2018 collection using glasswings, painted ladies, pink morphos and tiger wings in her work.

Dolce & Gabbanna

Dolce & Gabbana is well known for their iconic leopard prints. In an interview with Cosmopolitan Domencio Dolce said “It’s a timeless classic for us,” followed by “It has always fascinated us for its sensuality and femininity, and for this reason it has become a colour rather than a print.”


Roberto Cavalli

The Italian designer is known for his exotic prints and animal inspired fashion. Creative director Paul Surridge delivered a “modernist tiger print” – a wavy version of the pattern, on tops, silk dresses and as shiny embroidery on other frocks for the Autumn/Winter 2019 womenswear and menswear lines during Milan fashion week.

Tom Ford

From bold red leopard print to top-to-toe snakeskin and bright yellow cheetah, Tom Ford’s 2018 Autumn catwalk was all about making a statement with print. Sequins, animal prints, neon patchwork and rhinestones walked alongside the designer’s famously impeccable suiting.

Charlotte Olympia

Charlotte Olympia often produces exquisite and original shoes and clutches. There is clear reference to animals through her ‘whimsical fairy tale’ collection where she came up with the ‘she wolf’ heels as well as her Autumn/Winter 2014 collection that was inspired by animals from the Far East, including the adorable panda heels and Chinese dragon clutch.