Fur in Fashion

Fur has come back in style and has caused much controversy. This season designers including Alexander McQueen, Prada, and Dolce and Gabbana have designed pieces with real fur in the runway shows of their collections for next fall. Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, and Mary Kate and Ashley Oslen are only a few of many celebrities who are bringing the trend back.

On one side of the spectrum, some designers and fashionistas argue that animals are already killed for meat, and fur is no different. Karl Lagerfeld, designer for Chanel and Fendi, defended the industry saying that, “In a meat-eating world, wearing leather for shoes and clothes and even handbags, the discussion of fur is childish.”

A representative for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) referred to Lagerfeld as “a fashion dinosaur who is as out of step as his furs are out of style.” PETA encourages designers to avoid using real fur in their designs. They claim that it is inhumane to kill an animal solely for the purpose of their fur as the rest of the animal usually serves no purpose.

Several celebrities such as Kesha and Pink have teamed up with PETA in their “I’d rather go naked than wear fur” campaign to support only wearing faux fur and animal friendly fabrics.

Where do you stand on fur used in fashion?

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