Every Friday morning we think we're going to have a nice light day of fun bloggie items to share with you, instead of serious, industry-shattering news that will shape the very fabric of fabric. But since last month almost every Friday has been French Vogue Changes the World Day, with Carine Roitfeld departing as editor-in-chief, Emmanuelle Alt replacing her, and now Miss Piggy joining the fracas. The Muppet and fashion-world darling, who counts custom Marc Jacobs among her clothing arsenal and "moi" as her signature catchphrase — the original "bananas" — will play a French Vogue editor in the upcoming Muppet Movie coming out next year.
The film is about the world's biggest Muppet fan (played by Jason Segal) and his friends (including Amy Adams) trying to get the Muppets to reunite and perform again to save the Muppet Theatre. The Muppets have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie finds himself a member of casino band the Moopets; Animal sorts out anger-management issues at a Santa Barbara clinic; Gonzo is "a high-powered plumbing magnate"; and Miss Piggy is doing big things at French Vogue.
The role's importance cannot be discounted for Miss Piggy or the fashion industry, the ranks of which animals have clawed and hoofed to the top over the past three years at least. While the rise of the cats has been much celebrated, the rise of the pigs, and farm animals overall, is not to be discounted: Burberry designer Christopher Bailey came face-to-face with a hog in Esquire in '08, while Agyness Deyn worked with a young pretty thing in British Vogue that same year; Carine Roitfeld let CNN document her shoot with farm animals at the agricultural show two years ago; while there have been no recent reports of his relations with pigs, Karl Lagerfeld does keep barnyard animals on his farm, and even put on a celebrated baryard-inspired Chanel fashion show; and last summer Russian Vogue hired a sexy, fresh-faced piglet to model fine jewelry, with squeals of delight heard round the Internet. It all proves that the movement to return fashion to the utmost of elitism has a hard fight ahead. Could this industry be more inclusive?
Piggy À Paris [Vogue UK]