1998 Italian artist Antonio Riello has been making very special weapons
as artworks. Assault rifles, pistols, machine guns, carbines,
sub-machine guns, hand grenades, rocket launchers and any kind of
contemporary military guns are restyled by the artist as high fashion
accessories for "sophisticated altern-modern" ladies.
LADIES WEAPONS mix the glamour of fashion system with the common perverse and morbid fascination for weaponry and violence. These
works - made using leopard skins, brightly lacquered colours, jewels,
furs, trendy fabrics and special technological appliances - play along
the thin line between fashion and trash and tantamount evil and allure.
LADIES WEAPONS are a sort of hybrids born from two important
contemporary Italian features: the obsession for personal security and
the passion for elegance and fashion.