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October 9, 2013

HSUS and Designer Donna Salyers Launch Faux Fur Design Competition at Parsons

Parsons The New School for Design, Donna Salyers’ Fabulous-Furs

The Humane Society of the United States and Donna Salyers’ Fabulous-Furs have launched a faux-fur design competition at Parsons The New School for Design. Since 2009, The HSUS has been presenting at the prestigious design school to educate students about the problems associated with animal fur.

Michelle McDonald, fashion outreach manager for The HSUS said: “The HSUS is thrilled to be working with a school that has produced many of today’s top designers. This collaboration provides a unique opportunity to educate the next generation of fashion designers. There are many warm and fashionable alternatives for people who want the look and feel of animal fur but without the cruelty.”

The contest will challenge students to create faux fur designs within the categories of women’s wear, menswear, children’s wear or accessories to be developed for inclusion in their senior thesis or other major studio project.

Fiona Dieffenbacher, director of the BFA Fashion Design program at Parsons said: “At Parsons, it is important for our students to be educated on both sides of every issue.  We seek to graduate design thinkers who are able to establish a personal rationale based on their knowledge of material sources and production practices.”

The contest launched on Aug. 23, 2013 with a workshop lead by Donna Salyers, founder and President of Donna Salyers’ Fabulous-Furs, on techniques she has developed during her 25 years working with faux fur.

Salyers said: “It was a pleasure to teach a faux-fur workshop at the legendary Parsons. It was my long-ago dream to attend Parsons, so having a chance to share with the next generation of designers the techniques we’ve developed at Fabulous-Furs was a special treat. Their excitement, energy and enthusiasm for luxurious options to animal fur truly makes animal fur pointless and unnecessary.”

Later this year, six finalists will be selected by a panel of industry experts to receive sponsored material from Donna Salyers’ Fabulous-Furs. The finalists will be judged for inclusion in future exhibitions at Parsons, and will compete to win cash prizes awarded by The HSUS.

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

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