On Bravo TV’s Project Runway, designers are not permitted to use fur in any of their collections. A contestant from Season 4 circumvented this by using human hair. Not exactly what fashion consultant Tim Gunn was advocating, but at least the human survives the ordeal of having its fur removed.
With so many cruelty-free clothing lines out there, it’s becoming easier to make responsible decisions regarding the wardrobe.
It’s also easier to forget there’s still work to be done in the mainstream fashion industry, where fur, leather, and other animal products are used regularly. It isn’t enough to shun these designers by not purchasing their products. The ultimate goal is to convince the entire fashion industry to eliminate these materials altogether.
And that’s where Tim Gunn steps in. A mainstream television personality with a show that’s religiously followed by fashionistas everywhere, he’s recently teamed up with PETA to record a video urging designers who currently use fur to stop.
“Any designer in the fashion industry who does not want to watch the PETA video and see exactly what happens to animals and how they’re treated and how the product that they use comes to the marketplace I believe is egregiously irresponsible,” Gunn said. “It is critically important that we all be educated about these matters and then make choices.”
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