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December 29th, 2010

Norway Bans Fur From Oslo Fashion Week

MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 23: Animals rights campaigners protest against the use of fur in the garments with the slogan 'fur is murder' at Jesus Lorenzo show during Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2010 on February 23, 2010 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
Animals rights protester at Jesus Lorenzo show during Madrid Fashion Week Fall 2010

There will be absolutely no fur at the Fall 2011 Oslo Fashion Week in February. With the support of over 200 fashion industry insiders this fur ban is the first one of it’s kind. The supporters list includes big opinion makers like the Norwegian Elle, Norwegian Cosmopolitan and designers Leila Hafzi, Thomas Ryen of Undorn, and John Erling Vinnem of JohnnyLove.

This fur ban doesn’t mean designers can’t work with fur. They can still freely use fur in their collection without sending those looks down the Oslo Fashion Week runway and present them to buyers at trade shows.

Although historic and a great first step, it is doubtful the fur ban in Olso Fashion Week will inspire others to do the same. Not with Vogue, Jean-Paul Gaultier and many others swearing by their love and devotion to fur. After all, Karl Lagerfeld started using fake fur for Chanel collections and that didn’t exactly catch on.

PARIS - MARCH 09: Model walks the runway during the Chanel Ready to Wear show as part of the Paris Womenswear Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2011 at Grand Palais on March 9, 2010 in Paris, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)
Chanel Fall 2010 fake fur look

[Refinery29 via ECouterre]

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