Designer John Galliano is vowing not to use fur in his clothing lines moving forward.
The fashion powerhouse, who is the creative director of Paris-based label Maison Margiela, made the decision after a chance vacation meeting with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) senior vice president Dan Mathews.
“I was swimming in the sea with Penelope Cruz in Saint-Tropez,” he told Elle. “And just then, Dan’s face popped out of the water. It was like in (movie) Jaws – very frightening!”
His ocean chat with Mathews and general fashion trends combined to make Galliano realise the use of fur has lost its appeal and is no longer necessary to make a bold style statement.
“You can be outrageous and fun without fur! Come and party with us, you’ll see!
“Fur used to be associated with luxury… What is true luxury today?” he said. “It’s authenticity. And inventiveness… Today we don’t want a product, we want ethics, a firm that defends the values that we admire.”
Matthews also spoke to the publication about Galliano’s choice, explaining the gruesome method in which animals are skinned to make certain items.
“It takes 100 chinchillas to make a coat,” he revealed. “They are killed in China, where the regulations are very weak. It’s a bloodbath. They are electrocuted, their living conditions are abominable.”
The Gibraltar-born designer’s encounter with Matthews has also led him to make a major lifestyle change.
“My life is more balanced,” Galliano said. “I really became a vegetarian in order to get in better shape. I play sports, I take care of myself and I’ve never been more clear-eyed. The energy that I get from having fewer toxins in my body is extraordinary.
“The pressure in the fashion industry is the same, but now I know how to step away and meditate, and my life has gone from black to white!”
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