Fur, Leather & Feather Fashions But Profound Love For Pets & Sympathy For Homeless Animals

Leanne Hall, Global Animal

Alexander McQueen’s will was made public last month. The late fashion designer, who committed suicide in February 2010, left 50,000 pounds (about $82,000) for the continual care of his three dogs — Minter, Juice, and Callum — who walked alongside their caretaker on some of the world’s most exclusive runways.

Alexander McQueen design at Paris Fashion Week in March 2009. Photo credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
Alexander McQueen design at Paris Fashion Week in March 2009. Photo credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

McQueen also donated 100,000 pounds (about $164,000) to both the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and the Blue Cross Animal Welfare Charity. These organizations take care of abandoned animals in the U.K. and help find them homes.

McQueen’s will has decidedly earned him the title “animal lover,” yet his clothing lines notoriously featured fur, leather, and feather designs. Perhaps the love for his dogs was and remains evident, but can McQueen be considered a true animal lover?

There is no denying McQueen’s talent nor the impact he has left on the fashion world and even on mainstream culture. However, it is beyond unfortunate that he chose to use materials which support animal cruelty and abuse when he could have embraced the animal lover within him, combined that with his unconventional ways, and used other, animal-friendly materials instead. His brilliance is evident in the designs he created, but not in the materials he used.

McQueen is not the only “animal lover” who has a profound love for his pets yet is somehow completely okay with the use of fur, leather, and feathers in fashion. Many self-proclaimed animal lovers adore their pets and may even donate to animal charities, but they own and wear leather boots, fur coats, feather hair extensions, etc. Do you agree that this is contradicting?

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