Wandering through the Victoria and Albert Museum's
"Fashioned From Nature" exhibition recently, I came upon a 1997 Jean Paul Gaultier gown. The big cat's head formed the bodice, its body was draped over the spreading skirt, and its tail dangled, casually but suggestively, from the mannequin's hand. It was, I realized, a textbook illustration of the deep-seated dislike many men have for leopard print-the fear that they, too, might be disemboweled and displayed by the woman in the glistening pelt.
"There's an association with predatory women," agreed Jo Weldon, the author of "Fierce: The History of Leopard Print." "You don't have to be a misogynist to think she might turn on you."
Read more of Nancy MacDonell's piece in The Wall Street Journal, featuring Amanda Ross.
Shop the Amanda Dress in Leopard, coming soon to ARossGirl