The issue of using real animal in fashion has been a debate that has been going on for years now with people arguing for and against it. It seemed that the fashion industry were giving up on using real fur up until quiet recently when it started to creep back onto the catwalk and into the wardrobes of celebrities. Not so long ago if a supermodel was asked to wear a fur garment she would refuse. Even faux fur sometimes has been slammed as some people see the idea of faux fur as promoting the idea that wearing real fur is the same.
The fur debate came back to life recently when a top LA boutique in West Hollywood had been found to labelling real fur items as faux fur items. This comes after the whole area of West Hollywood was banned to sell any real fur items until 2013. It isn’t only just the West Hollywood boutique that has been in trouble with anti fur protestors recently. Kim Kardashian has been accused of selling real fur at her boutique, DASH. This isn’t the only time she has been targeted by anti-fur protestors as she was pelted with a flour bomb by a PETA campaigner last month when she went to the release of her new perfume.
In the 1940’s and 1950’s wearing fur was very popular. Real fur coats and stoles were very common among women. Real fur oozed elegance and wealth. Fast forwards a few decades and people seem to hate anyone who wears the slight bit of fur. I do get the appeal of both faux and real fur. Faux is obviously cheaper yet real last longer. You can get some really good faux fur coats that look almost identical to real. The reason that in the decades before this that real fur was more acceptable is that anti-fur groups such as PETA didn’t exist so people were able to buy fur without prejudice. Even now real fur is quite expensive to buy so it is often only bought by the rich.
I am neither anti or pro fur. In my opinion, people shouldn’t judge someone if they want to wear fur. It is their choice to spend their money on a real fur coat. Who are people to judge other people on what they buy? Yes there are ethical issues about the wearing of real fur, but couldn’t that be said of wearing leather and most people wear leather shoes and coats. Maybe people should stop caring what other people spend their own money on and focus on what they spend their money on. If people want to wear fur then let them, if they don’t then let them!