Fur in the Fashion world

by ?Norah?

March 31, 2018

Fur is a trend that has been in existence for a while now. In the past fur was worn to as a height of luxury and it used to be worn by those who were of a higher class in the society. Even in the African society, fur was worn by those who led kingdoms and those who were considered as great men in the kingdom. However, with the revolution of fur at least most of us own a fur coat in our closet. There are two types of fur that is real fur which most people prefer mink fur and there is faux fur which can simply be called fake fur.

Faux fur coat

Mink fur coat

 

 

The fashion world seeks to find new ways to fulfill our desire for luxury. For a while, fur has been a sign of glamour and a luxurious style either real or faux it makes a statement. In 2008 and 2009 fur rode in on a wave of vintage elegance and bohemian luxury. Fur has evolved and has found its way onto everything that is from bags to hats to boots and can also be used as an accessory.

However, now the fur fashion trend has found itself in a controversial situation. Many designers are now opting out of the fur trend. However, some people believe its a matter of their own opinion and no one should stop them if they want to wear fur.

Anti-Fur

For most people who are against the fur fashion trend, they believe fur is a non-essential luxury item arguing that it is unjustifiable to subject animals to prolonged suffering only for an insignificant end such as making coats and hats. Animals are brutally killed in the name of fashion and they are subjected to barbaric traps.

This campaign has gained popularity as now big fashion designers are declaring that they will not use fur. Celebrities have posed nude for the anti-fur campaign with a slogan which is,

‘I’d rather go naked than wear fur’

The campaign helped make fur outmoded and uncool. The campaign got a strong celebrity back up in the passing of the international welfare legislation and big brands discontinuing their support of fur.

Some quotes by celebrities supporting Animal Defenders international;

Peter Egan said: “Don’t be fooled, fur is far from humane. Trapped in tiny cages, the animals endure a terrible life, and death.”

Sara Pascoe said: “With so many alternatives to fur available, no animal need suffer. Using the real thing is cruel and unnecessary.”

Actress Joanna Lumley said: “Be comfortable in your own skin, and not that of a poor defenseless animal caged and killed to provide it. Say no to fur and yes to helping these fashion victims.”

Actor Brian Blessed, said: “Millions of wild animals live on factory farms, bred for the fashion industry. It’s time to kill the suffering, not the animal. Always choose faux and not real fur.”

Those against fur, their goal is to reduce supply, demand and social acceptance of fur in the fashion world.

Pro-fur

Despite the efforts made by the People of the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to stop fur trade and fur being used in the fashion world, fur still seems to be on the rise with celebrities using fur in their music videos in support of fur in the fashion world.

The use of fur has risen as a result of fur being affordable in the luxury market as now people can afford the lavish garment.

“Designers have embraced fur for its unique textural characteristics, its visual cues and its warmth, its sustainability, and the creative flexibility it offers,” says Keith Kaplan from Fur Information Council of America. “

Fur manufacturers are fighting back against the campaign arguing that real fur is more natural and more sustainable than faux fur. They argue that faux fur is made from non-renewable petroleum and taking years to decompose affecting the environment generally. Another argument is that it creates job and reduces the unemployment rate.

While PETA remains active in fighting the use of fur, it appears fashion’s attitude about the subject can be summed up with Kanye West’s “Cold” lyrics: “Can a real n**** get money anymore? Tell PETA my mink is dragging on the floor.”

“Over time, it is all too common for people to lose touch with their heritage, as the thrill and immediacy of the present crowds out the echoes and lessons of the past. It would be a shame if that were to happen with respect to the fur trade. It is a seminal part of who we are as a nation, and how we came to be.”  ― Eric Jay Dolin, Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America

Faux Fur

The campaign for the pro-fur and anti-fur has gone up and down. With designers joining other animal-free labels by announcing their decision to be fur-free, it seems like faux fur may now be a trend. Many countries are banning the production of fur and thus with the development of biotechnology some designers like Ingvar Helgason are getting into the bio-fur which will be produced in labs.

But not a large number of people believe that faux fur is the most “eco-friendly” option. In a debate by Frank Zilberkweit, it was argued that natural fur was more sustainable, pointing out that many forms of faux fur are not biodegradable which is an argument that most fur manufacturers use.

“Our industry is about raising animals in a natural way, a kind way and it’s a renewable resource,” he said.

However, some argue that the chemicals used to treat animal fur in order to be worn is not friendly to the environment.

The idea of faux fur is a debatable issue as it all depends on someone’s view. Faux fur is on the rise and is supported largely by the vegan community and those who are  for the animal protection

 

Fur is a style that has been embraced for many years. There are those who believe one should wear whatever makes them feel good while others believe you should not only be selfish and wear what you want but take into consideration even the animals. With many designers going fur-free, the fashion world is changing where now there might be an increase in faux fur however, it may face some difficulty as now luxurious fur can be purchased at an affordable price.

I am not an anti-fur campaigner nor am I a pro-fur campaigner, I believe in the independence of our thoughts and one should wear what they are comfortable in if the fur is something they are not into then well and good they shouldn’t wear and if one wants to wear fur, they should wear fur.

Thank you.

 

 

 

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