Merle Patchett

is a Lecturer in Cultural Geography at the School of Geosciences, University of Bristol. Her research explores human-animal relations and the ways these relations are imagined and practiced in science, art and everyday life. She recently conceived and co-curated the exhibition Fashioning Feathers: Dead Birds, Millinery Crafts and the Plumage Trade, on show at the Royal Alberta Museum, Canada, until the 6th January 2013, and is currently writing Bird of Paradise for Reaktion Book’s popular Animal Series.

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The specimen became wildly famous after it perched atop the head of Carrie Bradshaw during the wedding scenes of Sex and the City: The Movie, acting as her something blue.