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Parsons Announces Winners of Faux-Fur Design Competition

The Humane Society of the United States and Donna Salyers’ Fabulous-Furs bring faux fur to top fashion school

The winners of the first faux-fur design competition at Parsons The New School for Design have been announced. The grand prize winner, Xuanxuan Li, will receive a $1,500 cash prize, and runner-up Marina “Carmen” Ramirez will receive $1,000. The awards, provided by The Humane Society of the United States, recognize the students’ creative and fashionable designs incorporating alternatives to animal fur.

The contest, launched in August 2013 by The HSUS and Donna Salyers’ Fabulous-Furs, challenged students to create faux-fur designs within the categories of women’s wear, menswear, children’s wear or accessories. These designs were then to be incorporated into the students’ senior thesis or other major studio project.  The winners were selected by a panel of faculty and designer John Bartlett.

Prior to the competition’s launch, Donna Salyers, founder and President of Donna Salyers’ Fabulous-Furs, lead a workshop at Parsons on techniques she developed during her 25 years working with faux fur.  Donna Salyers also donated the material for the finalists to create their designs. Since 2009, The HSUS has been presenting at the prestigious design school to educate the next generations of fashion designers about the problems associated with animal fur – welfare, labeling and environmental.

Photos of the finalists and their designs are available upon request or can be viewed on The HSUS Fur-Free Campaign's Facebook page.

Media Contact: Samantha Miller 301-258-1417; smiller@humanesociety.org