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April 2, 2009

With all the pork belly, lardo and bacon-in-everything flying around these days, it was only a matter of time before swine made it into the realm of high fashion. For Stephanie Hensle, a recent grad of Pforzheim University's School of Design in Germany, when it comes to jewelery a nice slice of fleisch is entirely kosher.

Stephanie Hansle Meat Necklace

Hensle's Meat series of pendants, necklaces and brooches takes the recent explosion of charcuterie to new heights. She takes both animal and human meat as her inspiration, rendering fat, bone, organs, muscle and tendon in resin and jewels to make wearable art objects. Traditional fasteners and chains are replaced by meathooks, sausage netting and other bric-a-brac found around your average butcher's shop. Considering both both how beautiful and how disquieting Hensle's creations are, don't be surprised to see pig knuckle-noshing hipsters starting to sport tripe, instead of just eating it.  Fashionable ladies who lunch, you've just been served.

Photos in the slideshow (top right corner) by Petra Jaschke.

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