James Faulkner Roadkill Hats bird feathers

Birds of a feather... A James Faulkner creation. Photo: Deadline Scotland

Well, there goes our lunch.

Fashion is set to get a truck driver twist thanks to young Scottish milliner James Faulkner, who has a designed a collection of hats made from roadkill, the Telegraph reports.

Activate gag reflex -- now.

A student at Edinburgh's Telford College, Faulkner will display his 36-piece collection at a graduate runway show on May 14, according to the paper.

On show will be a range of toppers accented with feathers and fur from roadside animals such as peacocks, crows, rabbits, foxes, pigeons, mallards, magpies and pheasants, which the 27-year-old designer reportedly plucks and skins himself.

"It sounds very sinister, but I find it very satisfying to make something beautiful from something gruesome," Faulkner told the paper.

"It seemed a bit odd at first but I quickly got used to it.

"Essentially, I feel like I am turning something sad into something quite stylish, and I think it's good that the animal doesn't just rot on the road."

Yikes. We hate seeing a dead animal as much as the next person, but that doesn't mean we're going to put them on our heads. People will start thinking we've hired Ted Nugent as a stylist.

Faulkner reportedly claims to have gotten the inspiration for his macabre line after stumbling across a dead magpie on the side of the road. Naturally, he took it home, used an axe to chop off the wings and fashioned it into a hat for a friend to wear at her wedding.

"When I told her it was made of roadkill she was very shocked and said she had images of maggots falling off her head, but it went down a treat at the wedding," he told the source.

That bride's name? Cruella DeVil. Meanwhile, Faulkner is reportedly hoping to take the fashion world by storm with his upcycled headgear.

"So far I've only been making hats for friends, and friends of friends, but I think the way demand for them has snowballed is encouraging," he told the Telegraph. (We'd hate to see what he makes for his enemies.)

"I'll start taking commissions soon -– although they don't have to be made out of dead animal."

Well, that's a relief. One can only take so much taxidermy.

Faulkner's work does bring up an interesting point, however. Obviously the idea of roadkill fashion turns our stomachs, but how far removed is it from the fur looks that stormed the fall runways?

Is a dead animal a dead animal, or does getting offed by a pickup truck somehow make it more unseemly?

And speaking of runway roadkill, check out this stuffed cat hurled at Vivienne Westwood.