Rock stars and leather are a relationship as famous as Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson and Richie Sambora and Heather Locklear. In modern day, leather has gone out of vogue, even in the world of rock and roll, as people become more and more concerned with finding cruelty-free alternatives to their favorite looks. Today, pleather looks have replaced leather looks.
The importance that people now place on wearing ethically responsible clothing and being aware of animal rights has given rise to the second wave
of pleather, which is now called “vegan leather,” reflecting the market of rock n’ rollers and fashionistas who care about sustainability. These vegan leather looks can be seen just about everywhere, from the runway to the red carpet to the nightclubs to the stages where the celebrities perform, making it easy to see why the trend is catching on like wildfire throughout the rest of the country, as Americans take cue from the icons who lead our society.
Some famous vegans from the music world include: Vanessa Williams, Bryan Adams, Alanis Morisette, Sinead O’Connor, Ozzy Osbourne (yes, the man who bit a head off of a bat will now not take a bite out of any animal), Morrissey, Andre 3000, Fiona Apple, Moby, Prince, and Grace Slick. Morrissey and Stella McCartney have even teamed up to create a line of vegan shoes for men.
If you want to get the same look for yourself, chances are that you’ll run into trouble trying to shop at JC Penney’s and Sears. One of the best sources for pleather apparel and for pleather fabric is the internet. The difficulty with shopping for pleather pants online is that they are typically a tight fit, leaving no room for error with online ordering. Rather than going through the hassle of ordering and returning until finding the perfect fit, people are increasingly turning to make their own pleather fashions at home. By finding a specialty fabric retailer, you can typically find pleather at a great price, saving you money on looks that would be expensive if you purchased the real thing—or, for that matter, even if you purchased the fake thing—while giving you the same style that you are looking for.
When you approaching a project in pleather, always keep in mind that you should size differently that you would if you were working with a fabric with stretch. If you are a new seamstress, a pleather project might not be for you. If you have been sewing for any length of time, just make sure that you size appropriately for the fabric that you are working with and that you use the proper needle. From there, it becomes incredibly simple for you to look like your favorite ecologically responsible celebrity, or even to look like your favorite celebrity or 80s rocker who wore real leather, with a fraction of the pricetag and none of the guilt that comes along with wearing real leather in the era of “cruelty free” everything.