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Finalists Announced in Cool vs. Cruel Fur-Free Design Contest

The Humane Society of the United States and The Art Institutes sponsor Cool vs. Cruel fashion design competition

The Art Institutes

Nineteen students from The Art Institutes schools have been chosen to represent their school in the eighth annual Cool vs. Cruel fashion design competition sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States and The Art Institutes.  

“This competition gives The Humane Society of the United States an opportunity to educate the next generation of designers about the cruelties associated with the fur industry,” said Michelle McDonald, fashion outreach manager of the Fur-Free Campaign for The HSUS. “It inspires them to create beautiful, cruelty-free alternatives.” 

Cool vs. Cruel challenges fashion students at The Art Institutes schools throughout the United States and Vancouver to creatively reinterpret and replace animal fur on runway designs by Marc Jacobs, J. Mendel, BCBGMAXAZARIA and Jean-Paul Gaultier.

“We are proud to partner with The Humane Society of the United States in the Cool vs. Cruel Fashion Design Competition, which offers our students a fantastic opportunity to support an important cause and to show their creativity and skill in a national arena,” said John Pufahl, vice president of academic affairs, The Art Institutes. 

The HSUS awards each finalist a cash prize in addition to being entered into the national competition. The national grand-prize winner will receive an expense-paid, week-long internship in New York City with one of the celebrated designers from the panel of judges.

The judges’ panel consists of professionals from the fashion industry, including designers John Bartlett, Victoria Bartlett, Anna Fortino, Leanne Hilgart, Nary Manivong, Elizabeth Olsen, PAPER magazine editor Mickey Boardman, founder and president of Donna Salyers’ Fabulous Furs Donna Salyers, writer and reporter Nell Alk and The Discerning Brute blog founder Joshua Katcher.

Photos of the finalists and their designs are available upon request or can be viewed on the Facebook page of the Fur-Free Campaign: https://www.facebook.com/HSUSFurFree.

Learn more about the contest, view the original runway looks and The Humane Society of the United States fur-free campaign at humanesociety.org/coolvscruel. To learn more about The Art Institutes, visit artinstitutes.edu.

2012 regional Cool vs. Cruel winners

Joshua Aponte, The Art Institute of New York City

Nicolle Bajgrowicz, The Art Institute of California-Orange County, a campus of Argosy University

Marquis Clancy, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

Alexander Cubias, The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles, a campus of Argosy University

Jonathan Hayden, The Art Institute of Dallas, a campus of South University

Candie Hines, The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire, a campus of Argosy University

Hannah Jones, The Art Institute of Indianapolis

Cherish Lynch, The Art Institute of California-San Diego, a campus of Argosy University

Aiysha Mallory, The Art Institute of Philadelphia

Julie Manganelli, The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale

Susan Molina, Miami International University of Art & Design

Vu Nguyen, The Art Institute of Seattle

Oscar Ulisses Perez, The Art Institute of California-Hollywood, a campus of Argosy University

Stephanie Reilly, The Illinois Institute of Art-Tinley Park

Elie Robinson, The Art Institute of Vancouver

Evelyn Thompson, The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta 

Cheryl Vick, The Art Institute of Houston

Valencia White, The Art Institute of Atlanta

Brehon Williams, The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta

Media Contacts:

The Art Institutes: Devra Pransky, 412.995.7685, djhenderson@edmc.edu

The Humane Society of the United States: Kaitlin Sanderson, 301.721.6463,  ksanderson@humanesociety.org

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