Gilding Primal Instinct

Clothing Designer Female New York, New York, US
Mayhem # 1628110

About Me

Gilding Primal Instinct lives in a macabre surrealist dreamscape nestled between the worlds of fashion and fine art. The brand, headed by SoHo based metalsmith Danielle Nicole Hills, challenges its wearers to step outside themselves and look at our fundamental nature as a species. Each collection examines different visceral human behaviors that remain constant, despite how highly evolved we become, and translates them into iconic archetypes that inspire a sense of sublime horror. A heavy focus on traditional metalsmithing techniques and a dedication to handmade craftsmanship ensures that every piece is individual and unique. Gilding Primal Instinct brings this all together in an exciting and unsettling combination of elegant forms, theatrical flair, and just a touch of brutality.

Want some of my work for a shoot?

I am happy to work for trade if the shoot is for publication or with a great photographer. Don't let this deter you if you're not working with a publication. My rates are very reasonable, and I am willing to work with you if you have a tight budget.

Have a piece you want made?

I do custom work, too! shoot me a message and we can chat about a custom piece.

Feel Free to visit my site at to take a look at what I have available.

**Also, I'm pretty bad at checking up on my MM page. If you want a quicker response, please email me at


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Credit Notes

Alecta Hill
Ashley Fontones MM#1638390
Dorothy Johanna MM#684612
Marlo Marquise MM#712342
Sarah Bassett
V Nixie MM#539093

Ada Emihe
Gene Hale MM#683269
Gretchen Heinel MM#2166100
Joao Carlos MM#345159
Jodi Jones
Meaghan Montagano MM#360032
Rebecca Litchfield
RedRum_Collaboration MM#226008
Yoni Goldberg

Hair Stylists:
Joseph Dimaggio
Takahide Tokuyama

Guerline Fequere MM#1054892
Nina Crys
Hazuki Matsushita

Wardrobe Stylists:
Aminah Haddad
Cheryl Simmons
Dan Sin MM#1684625
John Wellington-Simon MM#857154
Marissa Adele

Publications (Web):
Coilhouse Blog- April 26, 2010
Haute Macabre- April 24, 2010
Etsy: The Storque- April 23, 2010



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