The use of fur in the fashion industry has always perplexed me. Wearing fur is traditional in many cultures, particularly societies that reside in cold climates. Indigenous communities make use of fur, as well as every other part of an animal that is killed. In such a way, fur can be used in a manner that is quite ethical and parallel with a respect and reverence for nature and wildlife. The same cannot be said of fur in the fashion industry.
Animals harvested for designer brand fur may be housed in cramped cages before being brutally dispatched. Since fur is rarely a byproduct of the meat industry, their bodies are often thrown out and their fur becomes an exorbitant status symbol on the runway. Real fur may be beautiful, plush and warm, but when it’s harvested for purely cosmetic purposes, it quickly loses its luster. Once shimmering and pristinely coifed fluff garners a dim and ashen aura.
The Armani Group’s decision to bow out of the fur game is an important step in making the fashion industry more ethical and conscientious. Killing animals in the name of beauty is completely unnecessary and the use of fur as a luxury item for the rich feels steeped in darkness. Many people criticize the fashion industry, thinking of it as a playground for shallow ideals and egoism.
As more designers commit to avoiding fur in their collections, the fashion industry will surely gain more respect from admires and outsiders alike. It’s vital that beauty be manifested on not only a surface level, but from within.