Irina Shayk defends wearing 'lion head' dress at Schiaparelli show

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Irina Shayk has defended wearing a controversial "lion head" dress at the Schiaparelli show.

On Monday, the Russian supermodel walked the runway at the event staged as part of Paris Fashion Week in a black corset number with an embroidered lion made from foam, wool, and silk faux fur attached to the front.

After animal rights activists and celebrities questioned creative director Daniel Roseberry's intentions with his latest creations, Irina took to social media to voice her support for the designer.

"I support these incredible artists who worked tirelessly, with their hands, using wool, silk, and foam, to sculpt this embroidered Lion, and image of Pride, An image that @schiaparelli invokes while exploring themes of strength," she captioned an image of herself in the couture outfit on her Instagram page. "I am honored to have been called on as well to lend my art as a woman to this @danielroseberry."

The 37-year-old was joined on the runway by Naomi Campbell, who donned a black coat with a wolf head attached, and Shalom Harlow, who wore a white dress inspired by a leopard.

In addition, Kylie Jenner sat front row in a dress very similar to the look modelled by Irina.

In a statement, Daniel explained that he was influenced by Dante's poem Inferno when crafting the outfits.

"(Three) animals sculpted and embroidered by hand, celebrating the glory of nature and guarding the woman who wears it. Thé léopard, thé lion, and thé she wolf. All from Dante's Inferno," he wrote.