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About Beth Beverly


I am a State and Federally licensed taxidermist who graduated from the Pocono Institute of Taxidermy in 2010 with high marks. I have a deep respect for this craft and those who strive to preserve it.

It is my pleasure to work on any trophy mount, be it a shoulder, life-size, rug, or fish.

I accept custom orders for fantasy mounts, wearables, and bridal hair pieces.

Sculptural mounts and hats are available for rental provided they are in stock at time of inquiry.

Contact me describing your wish and I will be delighted to make it so.


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One of My Favorite Things: WILBUR VINTAGE/A Beth Beverly Fashion Retrospective

Blouse from Wilbur Vintage

 I want to start incorporating posts about things and people who make my life as wonderful as it is that aren't necessarily taxidermy related, and am feeling inspired today to tell you all about one of my nearest and dearest, Wilbur Vintage.  I've known Dan Wilbur (owner and proprietor) for almost a decade now and ours is the kind of friendship that feels so instantaneous that the possibility of having met in other lifetimes isn't even questioned.  It's just understood. 
Gold shirt under black sweater from Wilbur-I'm posing with Cesar Galindo & model for his Fall '13 shoot.
Sweater again, in 2010
Dan has unparalleled taste in clothing and what makes him such a valuable asset to any woman's wardrobe is that he knows what women look good in.  Also, he's not afraid to tell you when something is not working on your body.  He understands that we all are built differently, and can see us through an unbiased filter- not the one we see ourselves through which can be tinted with flaw seeking shame or dumb shit we've been told by vampires who pose as people close to us in our formative years.

Recently I was getting dressed for an event and realised just about everything I wear is from Wilbur.  Especially clothes for events where I know I'm going to be photographed.  Without a doubt almost every time I leave the house, I can look down and see at least one piece from Wilbur Vintage on my body- dress, shoes, belt, scarf, shirt, gloves, anything and everything that looks good comes from this magical place.

Here's a brief video  from The American Hipster series in which I am lovingly ensconced in one my my favorite Wilbur blouses:






This dress is possibly my favorite Wilbur purchase- it's a vintage Bonwit Teller piece, which holds sentimental value for me since I spent five years of my life as the window dresser for Daffys which occupied the old Bonwit Teller building:

Cruise Elegant, baby: 2011


On the set  of Immortalized, 2012



 Back in 2010 when I made that fateful trek up to Brooklyn to compete in the annual Carnivorous Nights taxidermy competition (and won best in show in case anyone forgot) I armed myself with this stealthy suede number that was completely open backed.  It's hard to tell from this photo but it was drawn quite tight at the waist line with a little ruffle.  It felt very Cruella Deville which is exactly what I needed that night to dominate in unfamiliar territories.  This dress is probably second favorite in my collection.  Sadly, it requires a small waist and I've grown a couple inches since then- relegating this piece to its space on the dress up rack until I decide to put down the chocolate for a month or so.

Dress and gloves from Wilbur Vintage



 Back in 2011 I attended the Kentucky Derby and several of its surrounding events (The Barnstable Ball, The Brown Ball) to which I had donated taxidermy pieces to be auctioned off in exchange for tickets to said balls (side note- Mike Mills from REM and his girlfriend bought one of my hats. I wonder if she ever wears it and thinks of me...).  Of course I turned to Wilbur when planning my wardrobe for this trip:


   
At the Derby:Pink dress from Wilbur


 Our first night in Kentucky I stunned the locals with this number:


Unfortunately the hat is really being a camera hog so below is the same exquisite gown again, this time paired with a rabbit fur and antler hat:

Elegant night, AKA the night we narrowly escaped the Cozumel mafia

 Last year at the Radnor Hunt, the tailgate theme was "Islands", to be interpreted many ways. I went with Cuba and channeled my inner priestess, with the help of this colorful number from Wilbur.  This is definitely a do not try this at home level ensemble.

Dress from Wilbur Vintage





 When Immortalized was gearing up for its television premier there were several promotional events where I had the opportunity to dress in my finest.   The photo below is borrowed from Takeshi and that's me posing with him outside- it was a pop up gallery called Immortal Love and it was just terrific.  This vintage jacket paired perfectly with my just finished lamb fetus hat.

Jacket from Wilbur Vintage



 Inside from the same party:

Dress from Wilbur Vintage


 I also had the opportunity this year to show one of my hats during a NY Fashion Week runway show.  Here's me posing with the designer, Cesar Galindo and my hat.  The model wore it like a champ.  I took a mental snapshot of how it felt to sit in the front row and see someone walk so flawlessly in a piece that I made, and I take that snapshot out of the recesses of my mind and cuddle with it on rainy days.  I'm wearing this fantastic jacket I got from Wilbur that wraps around the body like a blanket and has tassels and ropes, a couple of my favorite things.
Jacket from Wilbur Vintage



I most recently wore this batik dyed dress from Wilbur to the second annual Ladies Tea at Devon, where it received rave reviews.  (Carson Kressley said it was his favorite dress of the day and that's that.)
Dress from Wilbur Vintage


In case you're not tired of watching me play dress-up, this video captures me in all my Wilbur Vintage glory, in motion no less:





 If you're feeling inspired to go check out Wilbur yourself, the shop is on Fabric Row in the Society Hill section of Philadelphia:

Address: 716 S 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone:(215) 413-5809
Hours:
 
Monday1:00–8:00 pm
Tuesday1:00–8:00 pm
Wednesday1:00–8:00 pm
Thursday1:00–8:00 pm
Friday1:00–8:00 pm
Saturday12:00–7:00 pm
Sunday12:00–7:00 pm


Not in Philly?  Lucky you, he's got an etsy shop:  Wilbur Vintage on Etsy










So there's this show:


I've tweeted, I've facebooked, I've instagrammed, and basically had the time of my life promoting this project. It's been such a long time in the making that it almost feels surreal having already happened. I filmed both my episodes back in November, one of which has yet to air so I still can't say much but it feels like giving birth. I mean, if I had any idea what that felt like I suppose I could rightfully compare the two, but since I've chosen to pursue a different sort of labor and consequent "baby" in my life I feel justified in using the term "birthing".    I'm so honored to have taken part in this show and also that the producers took such a shine to me in the casting stage. The last couple years have been very eye opening to me as far as how much time, psychic energy and work goes into just a few minutes of television. It reminds me of my stylist days, when working on a shoot I would step back and mentally take note of all the wages being paid that day, the catering, the wardrobe, the location rental, equipment, insurance, etc. Then there's post production and the negotiations between the client and advert company...all for one page in a magazine that most folks will flip by absent mindedly in line at the supermarket while they kill time in line. The mind reels.
So I went into this having some sense of how things get boiled down, so to speak. Being on the more glamorous side, however, of getting primped and performing while maintaining my identity as a fashion taxidermist was earth shatteringly novel to me. I just melted into every second of it and relish it to this moment. I might just start wearing stilettos to skin chickens just to get a little rush when I miss that experience.   I hope you'll watch the entire series.   I believe in this program and think deeper exploration of taxidermy, its history and how the craft itself ties into our consumption and interaction with nature's creatures will yield nothing short of mind opening experiences for all involved.
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