Funny that you posted this image.
This design was by Alexander McQueen, who was recently found dead in his home, of an apparant suicide.
His mother had died just a few days before.
Here's a link to this story, along with some pictures of some of his less unorthodox designs.
Here's a larger image of the model above. When you see the entire person, you can see that it's supposed to be a swan.
I can see some mega rich woman wearing the dress (maybe not the makeup) to some event. Take off the beak and white makeup, and look at the attention to each tiny detail. Tone down the red lipstick to only the lip area, and add eye makeup, and you've got a more acceptable swan girl.
It's wearing art.
I can appreciate it.
I'll never own a Salvadore Dali, Andy Warhol, or Picasso, but I appreciate that as well.
Hell, I don't run in those circles, but that's what haute couture is all about, being the one and only.
Here's some haute couture below that I think is beautiful. I wouldn't wear it, even if I could afford it, but hey, who am I to judge. Just visit the "people of walmart" site and tell me that's any better than swan woman, or the dresses below.
What makes these dresses acceptable, and not others? The makeup, which no one says you have to wear? the unususal color combinations? The "that's weird" factor? The unique cut?
We're all weird, I don't know where the line is drawn. It's different for everyone.