Text by heather Buchanan – Photos by Natalie Ford, Sarah J. Hardt, Devin Dygert.
What can bring together A list celebrities like Debra Messing, Jason Alexander, Kevin Nealon, Maria Bello, Rose McGowan and Sharon Osbourne? A new exhibition called Fashion Tails where these stars donated their time to pose with rescue animals in a creative project curated by Eva Danielle. The exhibition celebrated the opening of The Animal Museum in the super cool Art District in downtown Los Angeles. Carolyn Marino Mullin Co-Founder and Executive Director says, “The heart and soul of the museum is we’re here for animal protection through education, public programs, and exhibitions. It’s an homage to the City of Angels and our infinite love for animals.” The museum has one of the first horse ambulances from 1910 which predates human ambulances.
The Animal Museum Board Co-Chairs Ellen Lavinthal and Shelley Traywick picked this blockbuster opening exhibition, with numerous celebs attending, even including music legend Moby.
A three-year project, Fashion Tails enlisted 70 celebrities to pose with rescue animals in stunning portraits using a huge group of photographers, stylists, and hair and make-up people to showcase these pets and find them homes. Danielle who is in fashion pulled on her network of contacts to volunteer their talents, “It was inspiring that everyone was that compassionate. It’s great to see how amazing these animals are in the right light.” Daneille researched each celebrity and created a unique storyboard for every shoot. Some stars ended up bringing home the pet like Lara Flynn Boyle and others used their social network of millions to find them homes, leading to a huge adoption success rate.
Rescue horses were included the project such as Orion whose mother was part of the Premarin production in Canada where pregnant mare’s urine is used to create a drug for menopause. Often the resulting foals are destined for the slaughterhouse. British actress Rhona Mitra who is a rider fell in love with Orion photographed by Devin Dygert. Lana Condor from X-Men also posed with a rescue horse she called a gentle giant for Dygert and Gabrielle Anwar who starred as the horse lover in Wild Hearts Can’t be Broken posed at Peaceful Ridge Rescue for photographer Navid.
Along with the exhibit, Fashion Tails is also a coffee table book for sale online and at the museum.