Fishing Through Your Purse? Not What You’d Think

(ANIMAL CRUELTY) LONDON — In its pursuit of innovation, fashion often tramples animal rights—from its excessive use of fur and leather to treating animals like accessories. Unfortunately, a young London designer recently decided to follow this cruel fashion trend by incorporating live animals on the runway. Central St. Martins graduate fashion show is a prestigious event intended to help upcoming fashion designers show off their creativity. The young designers have big shoes to fill as alumni include major names like Stella McCartney, Sarah Burton, and John Galiano. It’s safe to say there is a lot of pressure to push fashion boundaries, but designer Cassanrda Verity Green took her fashion experiment to the extreme when she had her models hit the runway with aquarium purses holding live fish. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) slammed the show for objectifying animals and using them as fashion accessories. Read on to find out more about this troubling design and share your thoughts in the comments section below. — Global Animal
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Daily Mail, Bianca London

Central St Martins graduate fashion show is considered a pivotal event for wannabe designers to show off their hard work to the fashion press as well as potential employers and buyers in the industry.

Ex-students include Stella McCartney, John Galliano and Sarah Burton, so it is safe to say that the pressure is on to impress as the young designers picked to appear in the show are considered the future of fashion.

And this year one young designer has most certainly attracted attention, but for all the wrong reasons.

Cassanda Verity Green sent a model down the catwalk with accessories containing a real life goldfish.

And while she may have been applauded by the audience for her quirky style, the RSPCA have hit out at the show claiming her bags encourage people to treat living things as ‘replaceable ornaments’.

While the runway event is famous for pushing the boundaries of fashion, the animal charity claims that the goldfish-bowl shaped bags, containing the designer’s own pet goldfish, is a step too far.

An RSPCA spokeswoman said: ‘While we understand that a graduate fashion show is about grabbing attention and headlines, we do have concerns that using a living creature to create a novel or unusual accessory encourages people to see them as replaceable ornaments, rather than living creatures in need of care and commitment.’

The charity explained that the fishy handbag designs could lead to poor water quality and a lack of oxygen for the orange fish.

Course director Willie Walters told the Evening Standard: ‘When Cassandra Verity Green first said that she would like to use her goldfish in the bags the subject was discussed at length to ensure that the fish would be comfortable.’

‘They were brought to the show in their usual bowls, and placed into them and fed between catwalk runs’, she added.

Other wacky designs seen at the prestigious show included bulls horn accessories, furry aprons, walking watercolours, shoes made from plastic bottles and a silk parachute worn as a dress.

But it was Japanese student Mao Usami who took home Young Designer of the Year for her collection of loungewear basics including oversized teddy bear jumpers.

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