The news was welcomed by the animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Mimi Bekhechi, director of international programs, PETA United Kingdom, called the decision “a sign of the times.” The organization’s members have been lobbying Gaultier to give up the use of fur for years.
“Fur today is as dead as the poor animals it was stolen from, and any designers not clued up enough to see that may as well hang up their sewing needles now,” Bekhechi said in a statement.
Fur has become a major focal point for the fashion industry over the year 2018, with multiple luxury labels denouncing the use of the material, one by one.
The United States heritage label Coach announced the decision to stop using fur last month, preceded by designers including Diane Von Furstenberg, Burberry, John Galliano, DKNY and Donna Karen. Several heavyweight labels have also been fur-free for some time now, including Stella McCartney, Armani and Hugo Boss. KM