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Hunting Fashion: A Brief History

Since Victorian times, taxidermy, tartan, and guns have been pop-culture tropes. This fall, they’re in our sights again.

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1852
Highland Fling
The media’s coverage of Victoria and Albert’s Scottish vacation home created an appetite for hunting décor and kilts.


c. 1900
Home on the Range
Our most rugged president ever, Teddy Roosevelt loved nothing more than standing on a bear head.


1960s
Plainspoken Plaid
Square-cut and no-nonsense Pendleton wool jackets moved from the Maine woods to mainstream. Get a new version at Camouflage Clothing (141 Eighth Ave., nr. 17th St.; 212-741-9118).

1988
Highbrow Moment
The Fashion Institute of Technology’s “Tartan” exhibit brought together the Sex Pistols and the Catholic-school uniform.


1993
On the Runway
Eternally punk designer Vivienne Westwood puts her models in kilt-inspired skirts; two years later, Alexander McQueen calls his fashion project “Highland Rape.”


2001
Shoot ’Em Up
Big Buck Hunter, an arcade game with the object of shooting as many male deer as possible, infiltrates NYC bars, including Paddy McGuire’s (237 Third Ave., nr. 20th St.; 212-473-8407) and Ace Bar (531 E. 5th St., nr. Ave. A; 212-979-8476).

2005
Beyond Buffalo Wings
Lodge in Williamsburg is one of the first restaurants to feature the now-omnipresent taxidermy décor, followed by Aspen in Chelsea (2005) and Freemans on the Lower East Side (2006).


2006
Better in Ceramic
A postmodern take on taxidermy for 21st-century design enthusiasts (Forest Series Toro Celeste, $595 at the Future Perfect, 115 N. 6th St., nr. Berry St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-599-6278).


2007
Almost Weaponry
Digby & Iona’s gold stag ring makes a rather vehement statement (watch those antlers!); $210 at BBlessing (181 Orchard St., nr. Stanton St.; 212-378-8005).


2007
Roughing It, Sort of
Handcrafted from all-natural materials, Yuketen’s plaid hunt boots mix style and function ($350 at Bergdorf Goodman men’s store, 754 Fifth Ave., nr. 58th St.; 212-753-7300).


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