Animal print is a clothing and fashion style in which the garment is made to resemble the pattern of the skin and fur of an animal such as a leopard, cheetah, zebra, tiger, spotted hyena, striped hyena, African wild dog, giraffe or monkey.
Animal prints have long been a popular style for many reasons. For one, they are generally expensive and considered rather exotic. hence they are a symbol of wealth and status. Throughout history, kings and other high people have used animal print rugs and such as a sign of status just as mounted animals are kept as trophies.
- Animal print is also used for room decoration, handbags and footwear.
- Animal print applications extend beyond clothing and art prints and are commonly used for other decorations, including rugs, wallpaper, or painted surfaces.
- In addition, animal prints may be used in designs for race cars, airplanes, signage, building exteriors, or safety gear.