Marina Abramovic Wears PETA-Friendly Snakeskin Coat

After close to three months of wearing nothing but a minimalistic robe six days out of the week, performance artist Marina Abramovic emerged dressed and styled to the nines in a Givenchy dress and snake-skin jacket custom made by Ricardo Tisci.

The performance artist celebrated the closing of her MoMA exhibition, “Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present,” at a party sponsored by Givenchy Tuesday night. The piece featured the artist sitting across from museum visitors silent and with an unchanging expression wearing a simple robe. In March, she wore all blue, then red in April, then white for May.

Tuesday, dressed all in black, Abramovic told The New York Times that the robes weren’t about fashion, but that she got to stretch her legs as a designer alongside Tisci.

The two collaborated on her snakeskin jacket, which was inspired by an earlier work in which Ms. Abramovic put a snake on her head. Given that it was made from 101 snakes, however, the jacket called to mind a certain fur coat envisioned by another extreme character, Cruella De Vil.

But the artist assured Times reporter Eric WIlson that the snakes died of natural causes. So no need to call PETA — everyone can feel OK about this particular piece of outerwear.

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