Fashion icon and luxury brand Maison Margiela’s designer John Galliano will no longer use fur in his designs. After a chance encounter with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ Vice President Dan Mathews in Saint-Tropez, France, Galliano began to explore the newest alternative fabrics to fur. “You can be outrageous and fun without fur,” Galliano told Elle France. “Today, we don’t want a product … we want ethics.” Recently, Galliano has taken steps to lead a more balanced life, citing his dog, Gipsy, for helping him through therapy. “The idea is to take care of someone else, to get out of my egocentrism,” Galliano said. Galliano is also following a vegetarian diet to stay in shape, as well as meditating to deal with the pressures in the fashion industry. Galliano is the latest designer in the fashion industry to ban fur, following Tom Ford, Donna Karan, Versace, Gucci, and Michael Kors.
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