NEW YORK — It is undeniably a status symbol, but of what?
Fur is probably the only material that a moviegoer would expect to see in the costume of both a socialite and a neanderthal. For two decades, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has worked to emphasize the latter image in American consumers’ minds, trying to change the perception of fur from one of luxury and indulgence to one of cruelty and antiquity.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"